Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tutmanik/Mesenitza/Bulgarian Cheese Bread

Tutmanik or Mesenitza is a well known and popular Bulgarian cheese bread baked especially with Feta cheese. Every village, every region and even every family have their own way of preparing this cheese bread and also the name get changes depending upon how they are prepared. Thats why i couldnt stop myself to name this dish's title with both Tutmanik or Mesenitza. Obviously the shapes,recipes and the name may varies but the basic ingredient remains the same. Yes the basic ingredient for Tutmanik are flour, olive oil, feta, yeast. If you are googling for Tutmanik you may also notice that some of the Tutmanik recipes calls for quick bread preparation with baking powder and baking soda. But trust me yeasted dough Tutmanik is something to give a try as this bread smells insanely good while baking. Tutmanik dough doesnt call for egg but an egg yolk is needed to brush the top of this bread to get a nice a brownish colour top but i skipped it completely and went with a milk wash.

Bulgarian cheese bread, Tutmanik

Am running a month of blogging marathon with A-Z baking around the world as theme. We, few of the bloggers have been running non stop with sundays off since three weeks. Its been a wonderful marathon as am learning many ultimate dishes to give a try and have been bookmarking loads of incredible dishes. Dunno when am gonna bake them but i have planned to bake few as soon as possible as. Coming to Tutmanik bread, this Bulgarian cheese bread is definitely an incredible snack time bread to enjoy without any fuss. If you love feta cheese, then this bread will became your favourite. You can enjoy these cheesy bread very much even for your breakfast or else for your sunday brunch.

Dont forget to check my previous post under this Megamarathon:
Aysh Abu Laham from Saudi Arabia
Bhapa Doi from India
Cemita Buns from Mexico
Dobos Torte from Hungary
Earthquake Cake from America
Fonott Kalacs from Hungary
Gougéres au Fromage from France
H'mbasha/Himbasha from Ethiopia
Irish Oats Scones from Ireland
Jailhouse Rolls from America
Kiflice from Siberia
Ladenia Milou from Greece
Mantecadas from Mexico
Nonnettes à la fraise from France
Obwarzanek Krakowski from Poland
Pampushki from Ukrain
Quark Rosinenbrötchen from Germany
Rieska from Finland
Samoon from Iraq

Mesenitza,Bulgarian cheese bread, Tutmanik

Recipe Source: here
1tsp yeast
1tsp sugar
2tbsp Flour
3/4 cup water

2tbsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4tsp Vinegar
4cups All purpose flour
Luke warm water (as per need)
1/4cup Olive oil for shaping & brushing
2tbsp Milk

150grams Feta cheese (crumbled)

Take the flour, water, flour, sugar and yeast in a bowl, mix well. Cover the bowl and let it sit in warm place for 15minutes.

In a large bowl, take 3+1/2 cups of flour, salt, vinegar, olive oil together,add the starter and luke warm water and knead everything as a soft dough by adding the rest of the flour.

The dough will be soft, elastic and pliable.

Transfer dough to a greased bowl, keep aside for an hour. Lightly warm the olive oil in a large pan.Remove and keep aside.

Punch the dough and divide the dough to 6-7 balls and drop them in the pan to absorb oil.

Grease your hands and stretch delicately the dough as a medium sized circle. Add the feta.

Gently roll the dough to form a log. Make a swirl and repeat the same procedure for the rest of the dough. Arrange it in a greased round pan.

Tutmanik, Bulgarian cheese bread

Cover the pan with a plastic wrap and put it in a warm place to double its size. Preheat the oven to 350F.

Brush the rolls gently with milk and bake for 20-25minutes until the crust turns golden brown. Once tutmanik comes out of the oven brush the top generously with olive oil.

Serve warm.

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vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

That's a pretty looking bread , with feta filling it surely must be gorgeous , the glaze , shape everything looks awesome and seriously I am drooling early morning .

Kalyani said... Reply To This Comment

Wonderful bread priya ! Very tempting

Sowmya :) said... Reply To This Comment

Those rolls look stunning...lovely bake for T. Am bookmarking this ?

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Priya, the bread looks so tempting. Anything with feta and olive is welcome on my table ;)

Srividhya said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious spongy rolls... Love the addition of cheese. Will any other cheese work or its only feta?

Namratha said... Reply To This Comment

Oh those swirls look so beautiful! Stuffed with feta, that's delicious indeed! Tongue twister of a name 😃

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

You sure come with unique breads, Priya. Amazing find.

Priya Suresh said... Reply To This Comment

@Srividhya GopalakrishnanTraditionally feta cheese is used Srividhya, if you want you can add any cheese of your choice.

cookingwithsapana said... Reply To This Comment

Another stunning bread and I love the shape of it.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Wow that cheese stuffed roll looks amazing Priya..I feel like wanting to dig into it right away!

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, what a soft, fluffy and cheesy rolls these are. Amazing pick.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

Those rolls have such a great texture Priya and stuffed with feta is so flavorful!

Sharmila kingsly said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious Cheesy Rolls.. just love that layer of feta cheese inside!!

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Nice pull-off rolls. Loved the stuffing too.