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How to make it

  • Put the 2-1/2 cups flour in a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Place 1 stick of butter and 1/2 cup vegetable oil in the well and, using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir the lemon juice (or vinegar) into the ice water. Sprinkle the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over a section of the flour. Gently mix with a fork to moisten. Push the moistened section aside and continue adding enough water to make a soft dough that just holds together. The dough should not be wet or crumbly. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead briefly with the heel of your hand. Form into a ball, flatten slightly, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. (Dough can also be frozen.)
  • When ready to make the Borekas, let the dough stand at room temperature until workable before rolling. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. On lightly floured surface, roll out the dough and cut into 3-inch rounds (or can make them larger), about 1/8-inch thick. Place a heaping teaspoon of the filling in the center of each round. Fold the dough in half over the filling to form a half-moon and press the rounded edge with the tines of a fork to seal. (They can be prepared to this point and frozen. Do not defrost for baking, just increase the baking time by about 10 minutes.) Place the borekas on a baking sheet.
  • Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the tops of the borekas with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.(optional)
  • Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.
  • Sephardic Spinach Filling:
  • Heat the 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent, 5-10 minutes. Either add the spinach, 2 eggs, mashed potatoes, parsley and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the pan and cook them OR put everything in the food processor and pulse it twice, without further cooking.
  • Makes 30 small borekas

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    " It was excellent "
    jolielives ate it and said...
    With winter fast approaching, this is one of those Perfect Recipes to have Bookmarked & make.
    Thank you Chacha.
    Jo & Lee
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    " It was excellent "
    chefelaine ate it and said...
    Sounds wonderful! FIVE, FIVE, FIVE! :+D
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Love the potato/ spinach filling here! These sound sooo yummy!
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  • lovebreezy 8 years ago
    I just love it when the history of a dish is given. Thank you.
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    " It was excellent "
    californiacook ate it and said...
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    " It was excellent "
    californiacook ate it and said...
    Sounds delish! I pick up boreks (sp) from an Armenian bakery/pizzaria... and they are so good. They have cheese, meat or spinach fillings, but none with potatoes & spinach. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
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  • ttaaccoo 8 years ago
    These sound so GOOD! I loved the ones I used to order in my former life. and there was a sour background taste--your vinegar/spinach I bet.

    Which way do you do the filling, saute or FP?

    thank you very much. Can't wait to try!!
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