For cheese filling:
- 565 g (20 ounces) Ricotta cheesefull-fat, preferably double cream.
- 63 g (1/2 cup) All-purpose flour
- 2 Large eggs
- 28 g (4 tsp) Honey
- 3/4 tsp (2.25 g) Kosher Salt
For blueberry filling:
- 115 g (3/4 cup) Blueberriesfresh or frozen
- 112 g (1/3 cup) Blueberry preserves
- 2 ¼ tsp Active dry yeast
- 4 tbsp Granulated sugardivided
- 12 ounces Waterwarm, 95 to 100 °F, divided
- 500 to 575 g All-purpose flour
- ¼ cup (57 g) Butterroom temperature , super soft
- 1 ½ tsp Apple cider vinegar
- 9 g (1 tbsp) Kosher Salt
For egg wash:
- 1 Egg yolks
- 1 tbsp Water
- Confectioners' sugarto taste
Ekmak – Syrian Sweet Bread
This Ekmak – Syrian Sweet Bread is a delicious boat-shaped sweet yeast bread. It’s somewhat similar to Russian Cream Cheese Vatrushka Buns, but this version is less sweet. Soft and fluffy dough surrounds creamy ricotta cheese filling swirled with blueberry preserves. Feel free to sub any fresh or frozen berries for the blueberries the recipe calls for. Serve these boats of deliciousness drizzled with honey and enjoy them warm.
The recipe is time-consuming, but the steps are fairly straightforward and worth the effort. The dough should be soft and tacky to the touch but not sticky. Add more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency. Once the dough has rested, stretch it into ovals, add the ricotta filling, and shape into boats. Top the cheese filling with preserves and brush the dough with an egg wash. Once the boats come out of the oven, sprinkle them with confectioners’ sugar. Enjoy warm with a drizzle of honey!
To make the Ekmak – Syrian Sweet Bread, you will need the following ingredients:
Steps to make Ekmak – Syrian Sweet Bread
Make cream cheese filling
Mix blueberry mixture ingredients
Combine flour, sugar, and butter
Add yeast mixture and remaining water
Knead on medium-low speed until the dough comes together. Switch to medium and knead until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is tacky but not sticky to the touch. Add the remaining flour, by tablespoons, if needed until the dough reaches the right consistency. Add 1 tablespoon salt and knead for another minute on medium speed.
Roll into balls
Preheat oven and prepare baking sheets