Tutmanik is one of the most famous Bulgarian breads. It is stuffed with Bulgarian yoghurt and a local cheese called sirene.
For the dough
- 1½ lb flour
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk / lukewarm
For the filling
- 1 egg
- 8 tbsp butter
- 4 oz Bulgarian yogurt, beaten
- 13 oz Bulgarian feta cheese, crumbled sirene
For the decoration
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp cold milk
For the Dough
- Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Mix all ingredients of the dough except the salt and incorporate milk slowly.
- Form a dough and add the salt. Mix the dough for 5 minutes with a stand mixer (at medium speed) or 10 minutes (by hand).
- Cover the dough and let it rise for about 45 minutes in a warm place, away from drafts.
- Beat the egg and mix with yogurt and sirene.
- Divide the dough into several balls of equal weight. Roll each ball to a thickness of about 1/2 inch.
- Smear butter and filling on the surface of each piece of dough. Roll the dough onto itself to obtain a cylinder.
- Shape each cylinder into a snail-shaped roll and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Place all the snail-shaped rolls next to each other by spacing them slightly to form a large bun. As they expand during baking, all the snails will form one large bread. Let rise again for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat convection oven to 350 F.
- Coat the bread with the egg yolk and milk mixture. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the bread is golden.
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