This is a traditional Macedonian food. This particular recipe has been passed down through the generations of our family and recently my grandmother has shared it with me. We bake together twice a month on a Thursday and she shares with me our family baking traditions so I am able to pass it on to my girls and keep this tradition in our family

Ingredients (makes 32 kifli)

  • 1.5 sachets dry yeast
  • 3 tbs sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 kg plain flour
  • 4 eggs (2 yolks separated for basting)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 350g fetta cheese
  • as required warm water


  1. On a clean table place flour in a mound. Make a well to the centre of the mound by pushing flour outwards. In the centre of the mound place dry yeast, sunflower oil, salt, 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites, and slowly start to incorporate flour. Add warm water as required and continue to knead until dough has formed. If the dough is sticky, add a sprinkling of flour as much and as often as required. Knead dough for 10-15 minutes, then place in a warm place allowing dough to rise.
  2. Once dough has risen, divide evenly into smaller pieces, approx 8. Each of these 8 to be rolled out into a circle base and cutting through (like a pizza) 8 slices. In the thicker of each now triangle slice place some crushed feta cheese and a small amount of beaten egg. Folding the sides in and rolling down to the smallest making a crescent shape. Place aside on a tray ready for baking. And complete the remainder of the dough
  3. Basting the tops with a small amount of egg yolk and topping with sesame seeds. Place in the oven on 160degrees for 15-20minutes until golden brown

Notes... You could also try and use a different filling if you wish. Traditionally we use feta and egg but you could mix it up and even turn it into a desert with a sweet filling.

  • this is a lovely recipe and even more special when you read the background of it. great job! the pic makes me want to try it


  • Sounds like something I would love we adore fetta. Thankyou so much for sharing this.


  • Thanks for sharing such a precious recipe. It looks amazing.


  • This looks like a tasty treat


  • Oh wow this looks love to try it


  • Never heard of it! Will have to try it.


  • What a lovely way to spend quality family time. I’ve never heard of this but it’s snagged my interest


  • That looks absolutely amazing, can’t wait to try it out!


  • these look delicious and great to take to a party too.


  • Looks delicious! Ive been meaning to learn some traditional recipies from my husband’s grandmothers, I love some of the macedonian foods.


  • Thanks for all of the background story on your recipe. Traditional recipes and the tradition of passing on family traditions and recipes is just so heartwarming and wonderful. Cooking is a joy and should most certainly be shared with family. A wonderful time for you in the kitchen. The recipe sounds delicious and the results look so tasty and golden – thanks for the recipe.

    • Also, I have traditional family recipes and some of them are my favourite recipes. It is heartwarming to know that these recipes will endure and go on and on…. :)


  • OMG these sound and look amazing. Wonderful photo as well ..great creative shot.
    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely story and divine recipe for us all to share.
    Best wishes and thanks again to you and grandmother and all the very best to your family. :-)


  • I don’t believe l have tried Kifli but it look’s amazing! Thanks!


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