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Sambusak - Savory Cheese Pastry

Sambusak - savory cheese pastry

Syrian cheese pastry, Sambusak, are the perfect break the fast food or for that matter breakfast.

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  • 25-35 piecesServings


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup smead (semolina)
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼-½ cup warm water
  • 2 ounces sesame seeds
  • 2 pounds grated part-skim muenster cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder


1. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, smead, salt and oil. Add water a little at a time. Mix until well blended. Cover and set aside.

2. Prepare cheese filling: combine cheese, beaten eggs and baking powder and mix lightly.

3. Take out a third of dough. Divide this third into walnut size balls. Dip each ball lightly into sesame seeds.

4. Flatten each ball into 2-inch circles. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in center of circle and fold in half, making a half moon shape, with sesame seeds showing.

5. Close by pinching ends firmly.

6. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 350˚ oven for 15 minutes or until bottoms are light brown.

Sembussaks may be frozen before baking. Bake in 400˚ oven for 20 minutes.

**Short on time? Use frozen store-bought Sembussak dough, 24 pack, and add your own filling. If you don’t mind a crunchier, less fluffy texture, use the whole wheat mini pizza dough and add filling for an even healthier version.