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Homemade Turkish Pastry Buns

This Turkish pastry is a very popular bun for breakfasts and tea times. You can also catch the taste of pastry pastry at home. Here is the delicious recipe for this famous Turkish treat.

March 14, 2021
Turkish Pastry BunsPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Hard
Servings 8 people
Preparation 80 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Total 105 mins



  1. Mix 1 glass of warm milk with 1 glass of warm water.
  2. Put the yeast into the kneading bowl. Add 1 glass of warm milk, sugar, and salt to it and let it sit for 10 minutes. Let your yeast be activated.
  3. Then add the remaining milk and water mixture to the kneading bowl.
  4. Add the egg whites, olive oil and butter at room temperature and mix.
  5. Gradually add flour. By kneading it, get a dough that is not too stiff, soft like an earlobe. You can add flour controlled and add more flour if needed. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Have a smooth dough.
  6. When the kneading process is over, cover it with a cloth and ferment it for another 35-40 minutes.
  7. Your dough will double in size. Uncover it and let it breathe. Then cut it into small pieces. If you make it the size of a tangerine, you'll get about 22 buns. You can make the size of the buns larger or smaller as desired.
  8. Mix 2 egg yolks with 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of milk.
  9. Put greaseproof paper in a tray and place the pastries evenly on the tray. Apply the mixture you made with the egg yolk on the pastries with the help of a brush.
  10. Leave the pastries on the tray for 35-40 minutes and wait for them to ferment. In the meantime, preheat your oven at 356°F.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cooking time may vary depending on the oven.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Turkish Pastry Buns
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 76 mg25.3%
Sodium 921 mg40%
Potassium 187 mg4%
Protein 16.4 g32.8%
Total Fat 40.5 g51.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • You will get better results if you sift your flour beforehand.
  • If you want your dough to ferment faster, preheat your oven at 212°F and turn it off. Let the dough stand at this temperature.
  • Our pastries are plain in this recipe. If you want to experiment with different ingredients, you can prepare delicious fillings with cheese, potatoes or minced meat and put them in the pastries.
  • You can put sesame or black seed on your pastry.
  • Make sure that all ingredients are at room temperature. Do not forget to take the eggs and butter out of the refrigerator a while before you use them.
  • Use lukewarm milk and water to make the pastry softer.
  • Use granulated sugar. That way, the dough will rise better.
  • Knead the dough well. Get a homogeneous consistency.
  • After kneading the dough, let it rest. Cover the dough with a cotton cloth and let it sit at room temperature for 45-60 minutes.
  • After resting the dough, knead it for another 1-2 minutes before shaping. That way, the pastries will be softer.
  • If you want to put filling ingredients such as potatoes and cheese into the pastry, prepare the filling beforehand. You should add it to the dough after the filling cools down so that the consistency of the dough does not deteriorate.
  • To make the buns puffier, place the dough on a baking tray and leave it at room temperature for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the dough will continue to rise.
  • Place them on the baking tray evenly spaced so that the pastries do not stick together. The pastries will swell and spread while cooking.
Rate This Recipe

Warm pastries out of the oven… The taste of these puffy and soft pastries is simply amazing. You can make these easily at home, with any filling you like, whether plain, with cheese or potatoes. An excellent recipe you can make for breakfast, tea times, or celebratory meals.

Make sure to read all the tips for this delicious pastry buns before you start cooking. Bon Appetit!

Which Yeast is Used in Pastry?

Three types of yeast can be used for making pastry: Fresh yeast, dry yeast and instant yeast. You can use these yeasts interchangeably in pastry recipes. For example, you can use 20 grams of dry yeast or 14 grams of instant yeast instead of 40 grams of fresh yeast in our Turkish Pastry Buns recipe. Among these yeasts, instant yeast is not expected to be activated. It can be added directly to flour mortar.

How is Dough Leavened?

The first thing you need to pay attention to when making dough is that the ingredients are at room temperature. Ingredients such as oil and milk should be warm. If you are using wet or dry yeast, first mix the yeast with the oil and sugar in a bowl. After waiting for 15 minutes, add it to the flour mixture. If you are using instant yeast, you can add it to the flour mixture without waiting time.

Be careful not to confuse the salt added to the dough with the yeast. When making pastry, pay attention to the dimensions specified in the recipe. Also add the ingredients to the mixture during the addition. The order of the ingredients is very important for the consistency of the dough. For yeast dough, be sure to knead it well. If it breaks when you stretch the dough to check, keep kneading for a while. If you are using fresh yeast or dried yeast, make sure to let it stand.

In cold weather, the dough is harder to leaven. In these cases, you can heat the dough in the oven for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 212°F. Put the bowl of dough and a bowl of water in the oven. This way, the fermentation time will be shortened.

Can You Use Yogurt instead of Milk in the Pastry?

If there is milk in the pastry recipe, yogurt should not be used instead. Because the fat and water ratios of milk and yogurt are different. Therefore, they should not be added to the recipes interchangeably. Pastry made with yogurt will be wetter than milk.

How to Make Pastry Dough with Fresh Yeast?

How to Make Fresh Yeast Pastry? For the recipe for pastry dough with fresh yeast, mix the fresh yeast with warm milk, water and sugar. Add oil on it. Leave it at room temperature for 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, add salt to the flour and start kneading. Add the flour gradually. Add the yeast and continue to knead the dough. Leave the dough to rise for about 1 hour after kneading. Knead the rested dough for a few more minutes before starting the shaping process. Then give the dough the shape you want. Let the Fresh Yeast Pastry dough rest for another 10-20 minutes before putting it in the oven.

What Can Be Done With Fresh Yeast?

Fresh yeast is frequently used in pastry recipes such as bread, cake and pastry cookies. It can also be used for making pizza dough. There is also yeast in sauces such as soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup and mustard to flavor the dishes.

Delicious Recipes You Can Make With Yeast Dough

How to Store Yeast Dough?

If there is an egg in the wet yeast dough, you can keep it in the refrigerator for 1 day, if you do not add eggs to the dough, you can keep it in the refrigerator for 2 days. Doughs prepared with dry yeast can be stored in the refrigerator for an average of 3 days. Make sure that the dough does not take air. Take the dough out of the refrigerator at least 2 hours before using it and let it stand at room temperature.

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