Water Pastry aka Su Borek

Water Pastry aka Su Borek

By: Nese Yurtcu

Source: Quick & Tasty Food


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 12 Pieces
Calories: 300kcal



  • 5 phyllo sheets / yufka
  • 400 millilitres water
  • 400 millilitres milk
  • 200 millilitres olive oil
  • 4 eggs


  • 400 grams white cheese
  • 1/2 bunch parsley


  • Break the eggs in a large mixing bowl and whisk lightly.
  • Then into the same bowl add; water, milk and olive oil. Whisk all together so they are well combined.
  • Oil a large baking dish or an oven tray with olive oil using an egg brush. Make sure you oil the sides too.
  • Take a whole yufka and spread it onto the tray. Leave the corners laying out.
  • Spread some of the milky mixture on top of the first yufka.
  • Take the second yufka, rip it into half with your hand.
  • Soak each piece one by one into the milky mixture and spread it gently on the first yufka.
  • Take the third yufka and repeat what you have done with the second one.
  • Spread evenly the cheese mixture.
  • Take the fourth yufka and repeat what you have done with the second one.
  • Now pack the corners of the first yufka on top as if closing the lids of an envelope.
  • Take the fifth yufka, don’t rip it into half this time; but again soak it to the milky mixture. Spread it carefully as it is the last layer. Tuck the corners under the whole yufka pack as if you are making a bed.
  • Cut the borek – now we call it – to square pieces in the size you plan to serve.
  • Pour all the remaining milky mixture evenly – especially on the cut lines.
  • Cover the tray with aluminum folio and keep it in the fridge so the yufka absorbs the milky mixture for about half an hour. You can do all this the day before, to make it even better.
  • When you are ready to cook, remove the aluminum folio.
  • Cook in preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 40 minutes until both sides are brownish. If the bottom is not ready lower the tray level in the oven and do the vise versa if the top is not ready.
  • Serve after it cools for a while.


  • Chrush or grate the cheese and mix with chopped parsley. Spread it all in the middle layer.



Sergen Erkarslan

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