Turkish Breakfast Buns


This Turkish bread is great for anytime of the day but I recommend them for brunch. They went quickly in my house. The taste of the nigella atop the buns gives it a delightful taste that I just love for my breads to have. When biting into this satisfying bread you will hardly believe, it is made with feta and potato. This bread taste remarkable with coffee or tea.

1-1/8 teaspoon yeast
1 cup milk, warm
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup sunflower oil
2/3 cup feta cheese, grated
1 medium sized potato, boiled, peeled, grated
2-1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt

Glaze:
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon cream or milk
Nigella seeds (black sesame seeds)
Sesame seeds

1. Mix yeast, sugar and warm milk in a large bowl. Stir well until both dissolve. Add sunflower oil, feta cheese and potato, mix well. Add flour and salt to make soft dough. Knead dough for a few minutes. Place dough in a large oil covered bowl, turning to coat dough with oil lightly. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place. Allow to rise for 2 hours. Dough should double in size.

2. Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Using your hands, create 12 small balls with the dough about the size of a bottom of a coffee cup. In a small bowl, add egg and cream beat well. With a pastry brush, generously brush the tops of the buns with egg mixture. Sprinkle sesame seeds mix atop buns. Bake for 25 minutes or until buns are golden.

Adapted from The Turkish Cookbook

10 Responses to Turkish Breakfast Buns

  • Desmone007 says:

    I agree with meeso! This sounds like an amazing breakfast bun…yes I’m mad there’s no way to taste it online!

  • MAG says:

    I haven’t had these in a long time! I never made them at home but I guess now it’s the time ;) Thanks!

  • Summer says:

    very nice bread! I love the addition of black sesame seeds, we call them Habbet el barakeh :)

  • farida says:

    Salam Noor. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. It led to your lovely blog, which I loved too! Middle Eastern food is so diverse and delicious. I love it!

    I make this kind of Turkish buns too. Yours look lovely! They are great with a cup of strong Turkish tea:) Cheers.

  • Arlette says:

    Marhaba Noor,

    This is a very nice breakfast bread, I am bookmarking this recipe and will try it soon, and let it you know about it.

    Thanks for sharing .
    I hope your fine… talk to you soon.

  • Arrwa says:

    I made these yesterday and they were delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Noor says:

    I am so glad that you liked them. They are SOO worth the effort. I wish I could wake up everyday to a fresh batch. Even my picky toddler loves these.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Noor

    Just to clarify, what does 1-1/8 mean?
    Is it 1 and 1/8 teaspoon of yeast?

    Any further tips for getting the dough right as I hope to make these sometime?

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