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Maznik – Mahz-neek (Мазник)

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This is a traditional Macedonian handmade pastry filled with crumbled white cheese.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE PASTRY:
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1-½ cup Lukewarm Water, Depending On The Humidity, You Might Need A Tad Bit More Or Less Water
  • ¼ cups Sesame Seeds
  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1-½ cup Crumbled White Cheese, Or Feta Cheese

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425F. When the Maznik is put into the oven, you will need to lower the temperature to 375F.

Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center if the pile and pour in the white vinegar and oil.

Bring the bowl over to a stand mixer with dough hook attachment and begin to pour in the water, a little bit at a time, as you start up the mixer. Knead the dough until you get a nice shiny ball of dough.

Spray a large round tray – pizza tray works best – with vegetable oil.

Oil up your hands and begin to break off 1/6 of the dough that you prepared. Form the piece of dough into a round ball and place it on the pizza tray. Continue to do this with the rest of the dough. You should have six round oiled balls of dough. Cover the tray with a plastic bag and let it rest for an hour.

Dust your work surface (or a silpat or tablecloth – you’ll see why this is helpful in a moment) with flour. Take one of the dough balls and bring it over to the work surface. With oiled hands, knead again into an even ball, then flatten it using the palm of your hand. Pick up the dough by holding it by an edge; gravity will help stretch it as it hangs. Use the back of your hands to stretch and pull the dough. Put the dough back down on your work area and begin to gently stretch and pull the dough by using your thumb and index finger. Stretch and pull the dough until it’s tissue-thin. Cut away the thick dough around the edges with scissors.

Dip a spoon or brush into a cup of oil, then drizzle over the pastry in a circular motion. Evenly sprinkle with a handful of cheese (1/6 of the total amount).

Lift the edges of the tablecloth closest to you and allow the pastry to naturally roll. Place the roll in the center of a well-oiled pizza tray and form it into a snail shape.

Continue the above steps until you have used up all six dough balls and filling ingredients.

Once you have a full tray of coils, brush the entire pastry with oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Put it in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Don’t forget to turn down the temperature to 375F when you put it in!

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alma on 1.30.2011

Can you buy these at a bakery? They sound delicous and I would love to try them. But, I am not very good at making pastries.

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Shal on 1.19.2011

This looks delicious, am definitely going to give it a try.

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