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An amazing savory cheese pie with quark, feta, and layers of pastry, a Romanian-style borek called Dobrogeana.

layered cheese pie slice borek

This is one of the best savory cheese pies I have had in my life! I mean it! I could not stop eating it! And I wasn’t alone there, everyone sitting at the table had the same problem…

Four adults, two kids, and a whole tray full of cheese pie … three pieces left to take to work the next day… nothing else. And trust me, this pie was huge, actually large enough to feed 10 people. The greed, I am telling you!

It is a quite well-known kind of pie in Romania, the Placinta Dobrogeana under its original name.

layered cheese pie slice borek

I assume this cheese pie to originate in the Turkish kitchen. There is quite a large minority of Turkish and Tatar population living in this area of Romania and their kitchen greatly influenced the local kitchen.

Eating baklava and other Turkish inspired sweets, lamb kebabs, and pies similar to the Turkish borek is something you will only find in the Dobrogea kitchen in Romania.

But Turkish influence on any kind of cooking can only be a positive thing, I find Turkish food amazing, really at the top of my list together with Indian food when it comes to ethnic cuisine.

layered cheese pie slice borek

What do you need?

Pastry:

  • I used yufka pastry, which is very easily available in all the Turkish shops in Germany, but if you cannot find it filo pastry will do just as well.
  • I had a large package that contained 15 sheets of approximately 43×30 cm/ 17×20 inches. You do not need exactly these same sizes, more or less is OK.

Cheese:

  • Turkish feta is also the best choice, but any other feta you like will be OK as well.
  • Buy a block of feta and not the already crumbled one, it makes a world of difference when it comes to taste.

Quark:

  • I used quark in the filling as well, to replace the Romanian branza de vaci.
  • I like quark, it tastes fresh and its low-fat version, which is the one I use for most of the baking or cooking with quark, is really very low in calories and that is never a bad thing when making a cheese pie.
layered cheese pie slice borek

How to make?

  • Keep the pastry sheets you are not working with covered with a kitchen towel in the meantime.
  • I prefer to prepare all the pastry layers first, spread them on my very large kitchen table, and when they are all brushed and put together, divide the cheese filling evenly between the sheets.
  • Take one pastry sheet and brush it lightly with olive oil. Place another sheet on top and brush again. Repeat with a third pastry sheet and brush again.
  • Place some cheese filling on only one half of the yufka pastry leaving a little bit of space around the edges. Fold the other half of the pastry on top of it. Brush the folded half again with a little oil.
spreading quark feta filling on filo pastry
  • Push the sides of the pastry towards the middle so that the whole things forms creases, see the pictures. Repeat until you have used all of your pastry and filling.
  • Keep in mind that each layer of pastry should be made out of 3 pastry sheets layered on top of each other with olive oil in between.
crumpling filo filled with quark and feta
  • Place each formed, creased pastry assembly into the prepared pan.
unbaked filo pastry filled with cheese in a baking tin

When everything is in the pan, cut 3 times across the filled pastry, it will make things easier for you when the pie is ready to serve.

filo filled with cheese in a baking tin before baking

Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

How to serve?

Serve this quark pie preferably hot from the oven with a salad on the side, if you wish. However, the leftover pieces eaten at room temperature the next day were delicious as well.

More quark recipes:

Nalesniki Recipe – Polish Crepes

Pasca – Romanian Easter Bread

Crustless Cheesecake

German Cheesecake

Strawberry Mascarpone Dessert

romanian savory cheese pie with feta and pastry

Savory Cheese Pie with Quark

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

An amazing savory cheese pie with quark, feta, and layers of pastry, a Romanian-style borek called Dobrogeana.

Ingredients

  • 400 g/ 14 oz pack yufka pastry (or filo pastry) (Note 1)
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 5 large eggs
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 2 ¼ cup (crumbled) feta (Note 2)
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 1 ¼ cup low-fat quark
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 1 ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • fine sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush a deep baking tin of about 30x22 cm/ 12x9 inches with olive oil.
  2. The baking tin needs to be deep to avoid messing up your oven with the runny cheese filling. Mine is about 5 cm/ 2 inches deep.


Filling:

  1. Place the eggs into a large bowl and beat them well with a fork or a whisk.Crumble the feta into the bowl, add quark and yogurt, mix well with the fork. Add salt to taste, depends on how salty the feta cheese is.
  2. Don't overmix, you want the mixture to be rather crumbly from the feta, it should not become a paste.




Assemble:

  1. Keep the pastry sheets you are not working with covered with a kitchen towel in the meantime. I prefer to prepare all the pastry layers first, spread them on my very large kitchen table and when they are all brushed and put together, divide the cheese filling evenly between the sheets.
  2. Take one pastry sheet and brush it lightly with olive oil. Place another sheet on top and brush again. Repeat with a third pastry sheet and brush again.
  3. Place some cheese filling on only one half of the yufka pastry leaving a little bit of space around the edges. Fold the other half of the pastry on top of it. Brush the folded half again with a little oil.
  4. Push the sides of the pastry towards the middle so that the whole things forms creases, see the pictures.
  5. Repeat until you have used all of your pastry and filling. Keep in mind that each layer of pastry should be made out of 3 pastry sheets layered on top of each other with olive oil in between.
  6. Place each formed, creased pastry assembly into the prepared pan. When everything is in the pan, cut 3 times across the filled pastry, it will make things easier for you when the pie is ready to serve.
  7. Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Notes

  1. My Yufka pastry pack contained 15 sheets of approximately 43x30 cm/ 17x20 inches. You do not need exactly these same sizes, more or less is OK.
  2. Preferably sheep's feta, but cow's feta is fine as well. Buy a block of feta, not already crumbled feta.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 412mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

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