Original Karaköy Poğaça Recipe

Original Karaköy Poğaça Recipe


  • 250 grams margarine or butter
  • 2 eggs (yolk separated, white for brushing)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2.5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon salt (add cautiously)
  • 1/2 packet fresh yeast (or dry yeast)
  • Approximately 7 cups flour (add cautiously)

For the filling:

  • Çökelik cheese or any desired cheese

For the topping:

  • Egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  1. In a large bowl, mix the fresh yeast, melted margarine or butter, and other ingredients until you obtain a dough with a soft consistency that does not stick to your hands.
  2. In this recipe, we don’t let the dough rest for too long. After kneading the dough, you can let it rest for about 20-25 minutes as the proofing time on the tray will be sufficient. Take pieces of the dough the size of a mandarin and flatten them with your hands into circles the size of a small plate. Place the filling on the dough and fold it over. Arrange them on a baking tray and let them rest for 20 minutes.
  3. Finally, brush the tops with a mixture of egg yolk and vegetable oil, make diagonal cuts with a fork, and sprinkle sesame seeds if desired. The addition of vegetable oil to the egg yolk helps the poğaças to brown nicely.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius until golden brown on top.
  5. Serve the poğaças while still hot. There you have it, your Karaköy poğaça is ready! This recipe yields approximately 22 poğaças, enough for about 2 trays. If you want fewer poğaçasto be made, divide the dough into larger pieces. If you want more poğaças, divide the dough into smaller pieces.
  6. Enjoy your delicious Karaköy poğaça.

Thanks to @ilknurunpastablogu for the recipe.