Kiflice sa sirom / Crescents with cheese
1 hr 25 min (mostly resting time)
The most delicious household treats across the Balkans – Kiflice sa sirom, or Crescents with Cheese. Made with a soft yeast dough and often filled with a cheese or jam filling, kiflice are such a delightful home-baked treat. Pronounced “khee-flee-ce,” these dough crescents were always a popular treat in our house. They almost always got eaten within hours of coming out of the oven. While we often enjoy them in the evening, they can also be a beloved snack or accompaniment to meals, as well as a favourite choice for breakfast or brunch. Add a glass of drinkable yoghurt, and you have yourself a delicious, warm, comforting snack.
About this recipe
You may have seen my butter dough-based Easy Jam Crescents, which are delicious and a great holiday treat. However, soft, doughy kiflice are also one of my favourites. I have grown up eating kiflice my whole life. My favourite part was enjoying a warm plate of kiflice in the evening, especially ones filled with apricot jam. My brother and I would devour them while the jam was still warm and oozing out of the dough! So yummy!
But I also love savoury kiflice, especially ones filled with cheese! This recipe is made with a yeast-base dough combined with yoghurt and butter to make it extra soft to bite into. The filling is made from a combination of cream cheese and one egg. You could use feta cheese, which is more common, but I do love the softness of the cream cheese. Cream cheese is also a little bit more economical these days. The kiflice are then topped with sesame seeds for that extra savoury flavour. Yum!
Making the recipe
You will find that kiflice are a staple in Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian cuisine, but they are also popular in neighbouring countries as well. Therefore, different regions will have slight variations in how they make their kiflice. Some recipes use more eggs than others, maybe less butter or yoghurt. Personally, I like the dough to be as soft as possible.
To make the dough, combine warm milk, yeast, and sugar in a bowl and allow it to rise until foamy. In a separate, large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the middle and add the egg, Greek yoghurt, and butter. Once the yeast has risen, add it to the mixing bowl. Using a stand mixer with the dough hook or a wooden spatula, begin to combine all of the ingredients. Keep mixing the dough or kneading it by hand until you get a nice soft ball. Allow the dough to rest in a warm spot for 1–1.5 hours or until doubled in size.
While the dough rises, combine the cream cheese with one whole egg. You can combine with a wooden spoon or a stand mixer (this is much easier). Set aside.
Shaping the kiflice
Once the dough has risen, transfer it to a floured surface and divide it into four equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, set them aside, and cover with a towel. Working with 1 piece of dough ball at a time, dust the bench surface and dough with a little flour and roll out into a circle until thin but not tearing. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut each circle into 4 pieces (like a pizza) and then cut each piece in half. You should end up with eight triangles. Place the cheese filling at the wider end of each piece. Fold each edgy side of the wider part of the triangle onto the cream cheese and roll until you have a croissant-shaped roll. Place the kiflice on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Repeat the above steps until you have used up the remaining three pieces of dough. You should end up with 32 pieces of kiflice. Allow the kiflice to rise for a further 20–30 minutes. Lastly, glaze each kiflice with some egg yolk, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and bake!
Looking for more?
If you are looking for more ideas, try one of the recipes below:
I hope that you enjoy making these delicious Kiflice sa sirom / Crescents with cheese. Leave a comment below and let me know if you try this recipe. If you have a moment, please leave this recipe a rating. If you have any questions, you can find me over on Instagram or tag me with your photo. You can also find a video for this recipe over on TikTok.
|200g warm milk|
|10g active dry yeast|
|1tsp caster sugar|
|500g all purpose flour|
|1tsp baking powder|
|100g unsalted butter, melted|
|FOR THE FILLING|
|250g cream cheese|
|1 whole egg|
|2 egg yolks|
|50g sesame seeds|