Mesenitza (Tutmanik)
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins
Mesenitza (or tutmanik) is one of the most famous Bulgarian breads. It is stuffed with Bulgarian yoghurt and a local cheese called sirene.
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Bulgarian, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
For the dough
  • lb flour (more or less), sifted
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • About 1 cup milk , lukewarm
For the filling
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter , soft
  • 4 oz. Bulgarian yogurt , beaten
  • 13 oz. sirene (or feta), crumbled
For the decoration
  • 1 egg yolk , beaten with 1 tablespoon of cold milk
  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix all ingredients of the dough except the salt and incorporate milk slowly.
  3. Form a dough and finally incorporate the salt. Knead 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.
  1. Beat the egg and mix with yogurt and sirene.
  1. Divide the dough into several balls of equal weight. Roll each ball to a thickness of about 1/2 inch.
  2. Smear butter and filling on the surface of each piece of dough. Roll the dough onto itself to obtain a cylinder.
  3. Shape each cylinder into a snail-shaped roll and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. 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.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat convection oven to 350 F.
  6. Coat the bread with the egg yolk and milk mixture. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the bread is golden.