Water Pastry is one of the common pastries around Turkey. It is a main dish for meetings of Turkish women and is one of the most difficult pastries to prepare. In villages of Turkey,  a good bride candidate is supposed to make a tasty water borek in order to make her mother in law pleased. Generally, this borek is always prepared with cheese and parsley.

A simple recipe is as follows:


3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2/3 cup wheat starch

5 large eggs

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

Olive oil


1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for greasing

4 cups spinach, cleaned

4 large eggs

1 cup milk

12 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled

2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped

To prepare the dough:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, wheat starch, eggs, lemon juice, and salt. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic or knead the dough in a stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment on medium speed until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Cover the portions with a damp towel and roll them out using a rolling pin or pasta machine to about 1/8-inch thickness. As you finish rolling out each piece, lightly flour it to prevent the sheets from sticking together.
  3. Working in batches, boil each piece of rolled dough until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Immediately cool each cooked piece in the bowl of ice water to stop it from cooking. Remove the dough from the water bath, pat dry, and lightly rub each with some olive oil to keep them from sticking together. Set aside.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the spinach to the pan, toss, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook the spinach, tossing occasionally, until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and remaining 1/2 cup oil together. Set aside.

To assemble the borek:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly rub the inside of a large baking dish with some olive oil.
  2. Assemble the dish by first laying down a piece of cooked dough and then scattering some wilted spinach, Feta, and herbs over top. Ladle some of the milk-egg mixture over top. Repeat the assembly, building layer over layer, and ending with cheese and herbs on top.
  3. Bake until the egg is set and the top is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.


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