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Macedonian Cheese Rolls (Kifli)

Course Bread
Cuisine Macedonian
Prep Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 24
Author International Cuisine


  • 4 cups flour +/-
  • 1 cup milk lukewarm
  • 20 grams yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 25 ml. vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 125 grams feta cheese crumbled
  • 125 grams butter
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Pour the lukewarm milk into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour and the yeast. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
  • Add in the baking powder, salt, vegetable oil, egg whites and 3 cups of flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough is well mixed, then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead the dough for 10 minutes, then put in a large bowl, cover it with a dish towel and allow it to rise for about 1 hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 375
  • Punch down the dough and knead for another 5 minutes until all the air is out.
  • Roll it into a log and cut it into 3 equal pieces
  • Take one piece and roll it out to about the size of a medium round pizza.
  • Cut the rolled out dough into 8 equal triangular slices, a pastry roller or pizza cutter works great for this.
  • Place a tablespoon of the feta cheese at the widest part of the triangle.
  • Beginning at the widest point of each slice, roll it toward the narrow tip.
  • Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and continue until all the dough is used.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks and brush each croissant with the egg yolk.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and place a few nobs of butter around the baking sheet
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • They are delicious, warm out of the oven
  • Enjoy with a shopska salad or tarator.