Guest Post: Zerrin of Give Recipe

I’m excited to have Zerrin from the Turkish blog Give Recipe guest posting today! Please give her a warm welcome.

Hi! I’m Zerrin of Give Recipe and I’m so excited about writing a post for the readers of Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice! I love Reeni’s fantastic recipes and I’m so pleased that she’s given a place on her blog for a recipe from Turkish cuisine.

I thought it would be a good idea to share something very common in Turkey, so I decided to write about gozleme, which is a flat bread stuffed with various fillings depending on your choice. The most common filling is white cheese, very similar to feta, but there are also fillings with ground beef, spinach, potatoes, herbs and finally leeks. Although it’s originally made savory, there are some creative women who stuff it with honey and cream. So you are free to choose the filling for your taste, even to create your own version!

Well, it could be considered as a Turkish street food, you can come across women making and selling gozleme on the street in some cities. These are traditionally made and sold in nomadic tents, which you might see in some tourist destinations in Turkey, but are very rare now.

Dough of gozleme is originally rolled out on a special wooden board, and cooked on a special thin iron plate over wood fire. However, I rolled it out on the counter and cooked in a non stick pan.

We don’t see tents on the street, but women making these on streets have that wooden board and fire with them. They offer you some filling alternatives and start to make it as soon as you order your choice of gozleme. I love watching these women, who are masters of their work!

Gozleme is mostly paired with a cold Turkish drink ayran, which is a mixture of yogurt, salt and water. Some people love to accompany it with Turkish tea too!

We are about to leave Winter behind, so before it completely disappears from market shelves, I’d like to share gozleme with sauteed leeks, which is one of my favorite fillings. I made it with whole wheat flour unlike the traditional ones, so mine look a bit darker and I love it!

Eating gozleme when it’s still hot is the best, but you can also enjoy it cold, so it makes a perfect picnic treat too!

If your kids are not willing to eat leeks plain, you can try your chance with this recipe! I’m sure they will love it! You know kids love foods hidden in breads.

It’s not traditional to serve it with yogurt, but I love to spread some strained yogurt on my gozleme; my personal touch on our traditional Turkish gozleme! Also you can serve herbs and peppers with them.

Turkish Gozleme with Leeks

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 - 12 Gozleme

Turkish Gozleme with Leeks


2 cups whole wheat flour
¾ cup lukewarm water
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
½ tbsp pepper paste
4 stalks leek, chopped
½ tsp ground black pepper
A pinch of chili powder
Salt to taste
¼ cup extra olive oil to coat gozleme


    Prepare filling first:
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Saute chopped onion until golden.
  2. Add pepper paste and stir. Cook for a minute.
  3. Bring the heat to the lowest and add chopped leek, stir.
  4. Season it with black pepper, chili and salt.
  5. Cover the lid and cook until tender for about 20 minutes.
  6. Let it cool.
  7. Meanwhile you can start preparing dough:
  8. Mix flour, salt and water to make a non sticky dough.
  9. You might need to add a little extra flour or water to have the right result.
  10. Divide it into small balls and cover them with a piece of wet cloth so that they don’t get dry.
  11. Dust the counter with a little flour.
  12. Roll one of the balls here.
  13. Put some filling on one side and fold.
  14. Seal it with your fingers and cut the excessive parts with a knife.
  15. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and put one or two gozlemes in it.
  16. Cook its one side about 20 seconds.
  17. Turn it over and brush it with olive oil.
  18. Cook the other side for 20 seconds.
  19. Turn it over again and brush it with olive oil.
  20. Turn it over again and cook that side until brownish.
  21. Take it from pan and cover it with a kitchen towel to keep it warm.
  22. Repeat the same steps until you finish the dough.
  23. Serve these at breakfast or as a snack!


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Thanks to Zerrin for guest posting today! It was great getting a glimpse into her culture with these delicious gozleme! I hope you will stop by her blog, Give Recipe to check out more of her Turkish recipe and to say hi!

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  1. Jonn says

    Wow looks beautyful I cant wait to try it out my girlfriend is Greek so i going to surprise her by making this.

  2. says

    I’d like to thank to Reeni for posting my recipe for gozleme on her blog!
    Leek is sometimes mixed with cheese and used as a gozleme filling. It’s definitely as tasty! Hope you all like it when you try!

  3. says

    I love learning about the food of other cultures. Thank you Reeni and Zerrin for this guest post. I am excited to know of Zerrin’s blog and I will be a new follower! Flat bread can be found in many cultures and I enjoy trying them all. :)

  4. says

    Hi Reeni and Zerrin, very nice guest post :) It’s always nice to learn traditional recipes from different countries..Enjoy the weekend,XO

  5. says

    I don’t think I’ve ever had Turkish food but this sounds intriguing with all the variety of ways to fill the gozleme! I can’t imagine what ayran would taste like but it does sound like a good pairing with the gozleme. Thanks for sharing this dish!

    Moon, hope you’re having a great weekend! Purrs and cuddles, Angel & Isabella

  6. colleen meehan says

    I am so going to make this before this weekend is over-thank you both Zerrin and Reeni-My ex-husband is from Bangladesh and i love to make food from any other countries cuisine, one of my all time favorites is chicken korma and one one could ever make it like my mother-in-lw did. Thank you again and have a wonderful weekend.

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