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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 (100ml) 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 (1cm).

  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 350F/180C.

  6. Coat the bread with the egg yolk and milk mixture. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the bread is golden.