Susamli Çörek




Lightly cream butter and cream cheese  in a large bowl.

Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix as much as you can with a spoon or spatula, then mix the rest by hand until well blended.

Beat the egg yolk with a few drops of water in a small bowl to make an eggwash.

Place sesame seeds in a deep dish and black caraway seeds in another one.

Preheat oven to 180
°C. Prepare and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Take a small amount of dough and roll out in between palms until about 8 cm  long; then, shape into small rings.

Continue making rings or braids until no more dough is left.
Work quickly; the longer the dough sits out, the softer and less manageable it becomes.
Try and keep the size of the rings relatively even so that you don't end up with some undercooked or burnt ones.

Dip each ring into the egg wash followed by the sesame seeds, black caraway seeds or a combination of both.

Coat one  side and place on the baking sheet. . Once you've coated all the rings, bake them for 28-30 minutes or until golden on top.

Allow the pastries to cool completely before placing them in an airtight container.

Yields about 60-65 small rings.