Soft Bread Feta Rolls (Milinki)


Soft Bread Feta Rolls (Milinki)

When i was little girl i remember going to the market where grandmas and neighbours were selling anything you could think of, from homegrown vegetables and fruits to flowers, honey.. they had these old fashioned scales where you have to put different sized weights so you know approximately how many kilos of tomatoes you are buying, i always found it fascinating.
So there was a place what we call something like breakfast shop, many people would go there every morning and pick up freshly baked goods, like Milinki (Милинки), you can say it like: Mee-leen-kee. Oh the smell of freshly baked Milinki was filling up streets, people were and i'm sure still queueing to buy them, they are great with Boza or Ayran.
In Bulgarian household bread is a must, Bulgarians eat bread with every meal, as funny as it sounds. But homemade bread hits differently, when your mom is making it and the aroma fills the whole house, all kids are running to grab a piece.
What’s good about these rolls is that they are very versatile. Cover or filled them with cheese, meat, anything, dip them in honey, or just have some nice creamy yoghurt with them, or just plain with some sesame seeds. Enjoy them as a starter, side, main, leftover snack, honestly anything. One batch is never enough.
Everybody has the best recipe for them or any kind of bread, but feel free to adjust and spice them up as you would like. Double or tripple the recipe. If you would like them stuffed, simply roll every ball of dough fill it with the desired fillings and roll it back.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Resting time 1 hr 50 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Baked Goods, Side Dish
Cuisine Bulgarian
Servings 12 rolls


  • 250 ml full fat milk Warm it in a microwave until is lukewarm, that way it helps the yeast to activate.
  • 7 g yeast You can also use fresh yeast.
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3-4 tbsp oil vegetable or sunflower, olive oil can also be used
  • 500 g flour

For the filling:

  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 100 g butter
  • 150 g feta If you manage to find Bulgarian cow feta you will definitely not regret it.
  • 100 g cheddar cheese Cheddar cheese is an optional ingredient.

To grease:

  • 30 ml oil


To make the dough:

  • In a bowl, stir together yeast, sugar, lukewarm milk and 2 spoons of flour. Set in a warmer place to activate. Let sit until it gets thick and foamy - about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In the ready mixture add the rest of the ingreients for the dough. Start kneading a soft dough, slowly adding the flour. Dough shouldn't be too sticky, but you also don't want it to be dry.
  • Place the dough in a greased plastic bag, tie it and leave in a warm place for 90 minites to rest. Or leave in the same bowl you mixed the ingredients and cover it.
  • It should look something like that after the 90 minutes are gone.

To make the balls/rolls:

  • Start by greasing an ovenproof dish that is deep enough, that is very important as the Milinki rise even more after resting and if you choose to cover them with cheese, the cheese can fall in the oven.
    Divide the dough into 12 balls. Spray or grease each ball with oil. Place them in the dish.
  • Turn the oven to 40 degrees Celsius and leave them to rest in it for another 20 minutes.

To make the glaze:

  • Fry a tablespoon of flour in the butter. Let it cool for a bit, then cover the balls with the ready warm and not hot mixture.
  • Turn the heat in the oven to 180 degrees C.
    Crumble the feta and grate the cheddar cheese, then sprinkle them on top of the balls.
    Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Hope you enjoy!
Keyword bread, feta, rolls, soft

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