Whole Wheat Phyllo Borek

Whole Wheat Phyllo Borek | giverecipe.com

I haven’t been buying packaged phyllo from phyllo stores here for several months, since we started not to have white flour. There are such small stores where phyllos are made and sold in Turkey. Unfortunately they don’t have an option for people not eating white flour, so I gave up buying phyllos from there after husband’s diabetes diagnose.

However, we are lucky enough our moms are very talented cooks. This is a recipe from husband’s mom. She knew our attitude toward white phyllo, so she wanted to show me in her last visit that it’s still possible to make phyllo with whole wheat flour. As she always loves to surprise me, she made this tasty borek when I was at work. We hadn’t eaten such pastries for months, so I was impressed even with the smell of this borek just as I entered home. No need to mention our feelings when we tasted it! I thought it would be tough because of whole wheat, so I was a bit suspicious before having the first bite. But I soon found myself asking for the second slice. This whole wheat phyllo borek was even softer than regular phyllos I used to cook with before. It might be a bit tiring, not as easy and quick as store bought ones, but believe me it is worth!

So this homemade whole wheat phyllo borek is for those looking for ways to make tasty pastries without white flour.

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Whole Wheat Phyllo Borek
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Spinach borek with whole wheat phyllo, as good as white flour phyllos!
Serves: 8
  • Dough:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • whole wheat flour (not measured, so add it little by little until you get a soft but not sticky dough)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • (All at room temperature)
  • Extra olive oil for brushing layers
  • 1 egg yolk and 3 tbsp milk for the top
  • Filling:
  • 750g spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • cumin
  1. Start with preparing filling mixture.
  2. Heat olive oil, saute onion until golden.
  3. Add spinach, stir and cook it for about 10 minutes. We don’t need to cook it completely as it will be cooking in oven. Let it cool.
  4. Combine all ingredients for dough.
  5. When you get a soft but not sticky dough, make 5 balls from it.
  6. Roll these balls out as thin as you can.
  7. Preheat oven at 180 C.
  8. Lay one of them into an oven tray.
  9. Brush it with little oil.
  10. Place the second one on it.
  11. Spread half of the filling on this one.
  12. Lay the third phyllo on it.
  13. Put the other half of the filling on it.
  14. Place the next phyllo on it. Brush it with little oil.
  15. Place the last phyllo on it.
  16. Mix egg yolk and milk well.
  17. And brush the top of your borek with this mixture.
  18. Cut it in squares and bake it until golden.



  1. says

    I had never seen phyllo dough made out of whole wheat flour. I will give a try to the recipe since it is also a good food to take to work for lunch.

    Have a nice day!

  2. megi says

    Zerrin, the borek looks fantastic. Here we can find whole wheat phyllo pastry (unfortunately not the kind we can get in Turkey) in most health food stores. Your photo and description are inspiring me to make it from scratch, thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    Very cool. I’ve never considered making my own whole wheat phyllo, but it makes perfect sense since I’m making my own whole wheat breads. Thanks for the inspiration and fabulous recipe!

  4. meenakshi says

    i want to use dough recipe for making baklava but we do not eat egg , what else can be use for egg?

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