As you can see the bread is shaped using stuffed layered strips of dough. Finding the right dough and stuffing recipe was a challenge. Some used a lot of oil in the dough. Some used margarine or a lot of butter in the stuffing. This is a common dish in Bulgaria and so every household has a recipe. Finally I decided to create my own based on everything I had read for a moderate hydration dough with a little oil. I used just enough butter to moisten the feta. I chose not to go to the Mediterranean store for white cheese as they usually sell it in large quantities and I needed very little. I usually feta cheese
You will need
For the dough
50 gm starter 100% hydration
5 gm oil
80 gm whole wheat flour
80 gm all purpose flour
4 gm salt
95 gm water
For the filling
1/4 cup crumpled feta cheese, adjust to taste
1 tbsp. butter
For the wash
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp milk
Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a large bowl. Form a ball, it will be sticky, cover and keep aside. After half an hour moisten your hand with water and fold the dough twice. Cover and keep aside. For the next two hours fold the dough with moistened hands every half hour. The sticky dough will give way to a shiny elastic ball of dough. This is the no-knead and stretch-fold method. Bulk ferment covered for another 3-4 hours.
Place the butter at room temperature to soften it. When the dough is ready prepare the filling by combining the softened butter with the crumbled feta cheese. Keep aside until needed.
Divide the dough in three equal parts. I use a kitchen weighing scale to do this. Using a rolling pin roll out similar sized rectangles for all three parts.
Spread half the feta butter mixture on one of the flattened sheets of dough.
Place the second sheet over it matching up all the sides. Spread the remaining feta butter mixture on the top and place the third rolled out sheet over the top. Match the edges and gently roll out so they stick to each other.
Now cut strips through the three sheets of dough. I used my dough scraper. You can use a knife or a pizza cutter. Prepare the pan you wish to bake in. I used a non stick spring foam pan. If you choose no stick you may wish to place a parchment paper on the bottom. Twist one of the strips of dough without stretching it.
Place it in the center of the prepared pan rolling it around itself.
Continue with the other strips going around in growing circles.
Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight to proof. In the morning preheat the oven to 375 F. Prepare the wash with corn starch and milk. Brush the wash liberally over the dough. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the bread the cooked through.