When it comes to any type of pie, you all can kinda guess that I go nuts especially when we talk about childhood favorites, such as this Phyllo Meat Pie Pastry — Bakery Style Burek.
Now, this is not your typical pie, but when you translate “pita”, the pie is the word that pops up. So we can officially call it a pie. See, some part of the country would actually call it a pita, and some burek. But I will say, call it whatever you want, it is still delicious.
Some of you are probably familiar with “Burek” or Börek, with many similar names across Europe, especially Balkan Peninsula -Southeast Europe.
Burek is a baked filled pastry made of a thin, flaky dough known as phyllo (or yufka – not Markook/Shrak, a flatbread). That is found in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire. A börek may be prepared in a large pan and cut into portions after baking, or as individual pastries.
Not only did I grew up watching women make Burek with homemade dough made from scratch, but I was eating it almost every day during my high school years.
I have pretty fond memories of my school days. I had to travel quite a bit to get to my school, about 2 hours on a good day; going from the bus, then jumping into a few different trolleys, which was pretty exhausting for 13 or 14 years old. Anyhow, time runs fast if you stumble across a friend.
Getting up very early and eating breakfast was not an option because I could not eat at that hour. Even if you try to pay me to do it. Anyhow, about half of the mile from my school there was a bakery on the corner of the street.
Oh, I think I can smell it instantly just by remembering the freshly baked bread at 6 or 7 am. Sweet pastries, pies, and different types of Burek; cheese pie, meat, spinach, etc. The whole street would have a pleasant aroma of that bakery that just draws you in to get your breakfast, hot and freshly made. Nothing beats that, seriously!
Many women, from Balkan Peninsula, can make dough from scratch, me, well not really. To tell you honestly, I cannot make that dough even if you install a “how-to” video in my head. God knows I’ve tried, but no luck whatsoever. So, I gave up. Yup! I gave up and enjoyed a stress-free Burek made with Filo dough, which is still very tasty.
It is simple as it looks, so let’s do it!
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