Embark on a journey down memory lane with our Pogăcele cu Jumãri recipe—an edible gem that carries the essence of generations past. These delightful savory buns, enriched with the hearty notes of pork cracklings and the savoury embrace of cheese, are more than a dish—they’re a delicious tribute to tradition and love.

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In the heart of Grandma’s kitchen, Pogăcele cu Jumãri became a sought-after treat, gracing the table during special occasions, particularly the festive New Year’s celebration. The golden buns, generously filled, held the promise of joy and the timeless embrace of family customs.

Yet, the magic of these buns extended beyond grand celebrations. Grandma, with her culinary flair, ensured that Pogăcele cu Jumãri became a staple for everyday moments. Picture the sheer delight of unwrapping a bundle of these savoury wonders as a school snack—each bite a taste of Grandma’s love and the comforting familiarity of home.

So, as we delve into the artistry of crafting Pogăcele cu Jumeri, let’s pay homage to the culinary legacy that graced our New Year’s gatherings and filled our school days with joy. May these savoury buns not only tantalise the taste buds but also transport you to a realm of nostalgic bliss, echoing the love and warmth of Grandma’s pantry. 🌟🍞

Traditional Romanian Pogãcele cu Jumãri - Pork crackling buns

Traditional Romanian Pogãcele cu Jumãri – Pork crackling buns

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

Ingredients:

    For the Dough:

    • 500 g plain flour
    • 250 g plain yogurt
    • 100 ml vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt

    For the Filling:

    • 200 g jumări pork cracklings, finely chopped
    • 200 g feta cheese crumbled
    • 1 bunch fresh dill finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground

    For Brushing:

    • 1 egg yolk beaten

    Instructions
     

    Instructions:

      Prepare the Dough:

      • a. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
      • b. Gradually add the yogurt and vegetable oil, mixing continuously, until a soft dough forms.
      • c. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth. Let it rest for 10 minutes.

      Make the Filling:

      • a. In a bowl, mix together the chopped jumări, crumbled telemea or feta cheese, chopped dill, and freshly ground black pepper.

      Shape the Pogăcele:

      • a. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
      • b. Divide the dough into small portions, and roll each portion into a ball.
      • c. Flatten each ball into a disk, and place a spoonful of the filling in the center.
      • d. Fold the edges of the dough over the filling, creating a bun shape. Pinch the edges to seal.

      Arrange and Brush:

      • a. Place the pogăcele on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each.
      • b. Brush the tops of the buns with beaten egg yolk for a golden finish.
      • Bake:
      • a. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the pogăcele are golden brown.

      Serve and Enjoy:

      • a. Serve these warm pogăcele cu jumeri as a delightful snack or side dish.

      Note:

      • Pogăcele cu Jumeri are perfect for various occasions, from family gatherings to celebrations. Enjoy the savory combination of pork cracklings and cheese in these delicious Romanian buns!