This step-by-step cooking tutorial will teach you how to make bourekas using puff pastry. You can buy premade puff pastry at the grocery store, or make your own homemade puff pastry– the process is the same using either type of dough. You can also use any boureka filling you like.
Here are the boureka filling recipes that I’ve posted on my blog, I will update this blog with more fillings as I post them:
If you would prefer to make your bourekas with filo dough, click here for a tutorial.
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How to Make Bourekas with Puff Pastry
Dairy, Meat, or Parve depending on filling
Learn to make bourekas using puff pastry and any of your favorite fillings with this step-by-step recipe. Bureka, boreka, borek, savory hand pies
- 2 sheets puff pastry (store bought or homemade)
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp filling (cheese, meat, eggplant, etc.)
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tbsp sesame or poppy seeds (optional)
- Nonstick cooking oil spray
You will also need: 2 baking sheets, rolling pin, pastry brush
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare your preferred filling; reserve mixture. For this tutorial, I used a cheese filling. You can use meat, spinach, eggplant, or any other boureka filling you prefer.
On a smooth, clean, lightly floured surface, unfold one of your puff pastry sheets. Use a rolling pin to roll out the sheet to a 12x12 inch square. If using homemade puff pastry, roll your dough out to a 12x12 inch square. Cut the sheet of puff pastry dough into 9 equal-sized squares, each about 4x4 inches large.
Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of each dough square.
Fold the dough squares by grasping one corner and folding it over to the opposite corner to make triangles. Pinch firmly along the outer open edge of the triangles to seal.
You can also crimp the edges with the tines of a fork, if you wish.
Repeat this process for the second sheet of puff pastry—roll out the pastry, cut into squares, add filling, and seal the triangles.
Spray your baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Place 9 bourekas on each sheet, evenly spaced, giving them some room to expand during baking.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and 2 tsp of cool water. Use a pastry brush to brush a light layer of the egg wash onto the surface of each boureka.
Sprinkle the bourekas with sesame or poppy seeds, if desired.
Bake the bourekas for about 30 minutes, switching the baking sheets between the upper and lower racks halfway through cooking. Bake till golden brown and cooked through.
Serve warm. Store in a sealed container or plastic zipper bag.
To freeze bourekas: prepare, fill, and seal the pastries. Do not coat with egg wash or bake. Place the unbaked pastries in a Tupperware or plastic bag in single layers, separating each layer of bourekas with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper to keep them from freezing together. Freeze.
When ready to bake, take the bourekas out of the freezer (no need to defrost) and arrange them on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick oil. Coat with thin layer of egg wash and sesame or poppy seeds, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes till golden brown.