Cheese Sambouseks

Makes 24 pastries

Dough for Granny's Kahk  

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons sugar
9 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon sized pieces
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons fennel, cumin and/or caraway seeds to flavour (optional but delicious)
sesame seeds for sprinkling
 
Combine flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and process for 5 seconds. Add the butter and pulse 10 times or until the mixture is the consistency of fine breadcrumbs. With the machine running, add the water in a steady stream, taking 10 seconds to do so. Process for 1 minute. It should gather into a ball. Feel the dough, it should be smooth soft and elastic and no longer sticky. If necessary adjust with small amounts of flour or droplets of water. Add seeds if desired. 

Filling

12ounces/340grams cheese (of your choice), shredded
pinch salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 teaspoon water for egg wash

Make up the dough as instructed above. Divide the dough into 24 pieces and cover them with a tea towel while you make up the filling - about 30 minutes.

Place the cheese, salt, cayenne, egg and egg white into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth.

Heat the oven to 350F/170C and line a couple of baking trays with baking parchment.
Roll out each ball of dough on an unfloured surface to 4inches/10cm circle. Take a good teaspoonful of the cheese mixture and place it slightly below the centre of the circle of dough.
Fold over the top half of the dough and press to seal.Using a fingertip push back the edge of the dough so that it fold over itself and forms a crimped edge.
Place on the prepare baking tray, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with seasame seeds. Bake for 30 minutes until golden.

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