Mini Rolls with Cheese (Kifle sa Sirom)

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Prep 40min (+1hr proving)
Bake 20min
Makes 40 serves

Visiting the local bakery is part of everyday life in Bosnia and the bakeries always have a good variety of kifle (rolls) to choose from. Salted or cheese-filled are popular but you can find Frankfurt stuffed versions, or perhaps a chocolate, or jam-filled sweeter bun which are also popular. Traditionally shaped, these cheese kifle are dotted with butter before baking giving them a lovely tender, rich crumb that makes them completely irresistible.


  • 500g (3⅓ cups) strong bread or pizza flour, plus extra to dust
  • 2½ teaspoons dried yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 250ml (1 cup) lukewarm milk
  • 80ml (⅓ cup) sunflower or vegetable oil, plus extra to brush
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk whisked with 1 tsp milk, to glaze
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, to sprinkle
  • 100g chilled butter, diced

Cheese Filling

  • 125g cottage cheese
  • 30g feta, finely crumbled
  • salt, to taste


  1. Combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Use a fork to whisk together the milk, oil and egg until evenly combined. With the motor running, add to the flour mixture and knead with the dough hook for 5 minutes on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic and has come away form the sides of the bowl.
  2. Brush a large bowl with extra oil to grease. Transfer the dough to the bowl turning it to coat lightly with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. To make the cheese filling, combine the cottage cheese and feta in a bowl and stir well to combine. Season well with salt and pepper. Cover and place in the fridge until required.
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
  5. When the dough has doubled in size knock it back by punching it in the center with your fist. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  6. Divide the dough into 5 equal portions. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out the dough into a disc until about 4mm thick and about 23cm in diameter. Use a large sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the circle into 8 wedges. Lift one of the wedges off the bench top with your hands and gently stretch it into a long triangle. Place back on the bench top and spread about ½ tsp of the filling across the wide end. Fold the edges of the wide end inwards and then, starting from the wide end, roll up the dough triangle. Place on a large, heavy oven tray. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling to make 40 rolls in total and placing about 2cm apart on the tray.
  7. Brush the rolls with the egg glaze and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Dot the rolls with the diced chilled butter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Stand on the tray for a few minutes to cool slightly before serving warm or at room temperature.

Baker's Tips

These rolls are best eaten the day they are made (fresh from the oven is even better) however they do freeze well – seal in a freezer bag an freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature.

This recipe is from Anneka's SBS Food online column, Bakeproof: Bosnian Baking.
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Photography by Alan Benson.
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