Maznik is a traditional Macedonian swirl pastry, made of thin kneaded dough, filled with white cheese, spinach, leeks or minced meat and then rolled in a swirl form. It's very popular, like zelnik or burek. Homemade maznik is the best, you can't buy that good maznik in a store. This is one of the best maznik recipes, try it and impress your family or friends.

  • 700 g flour
  • 1/8 cube yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 50 ml of oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200 ml of carbonated mineral water
  • lukewarm water if necessary
  • filling optional (spinach, cheese, minced meat, sauerkraut)
  1. Mix yeast with lukewarm water in a bowl. Add 1 tbs flour and 1 tsp sugar. Leave to activate.
  2. Then place flour in the bowl and add the oil, salt and mineral water.
  3. Knead dough and add water if necessary until dough is soft.
  4. Form 4 disks from the dough (diameter 15 cm) by pressing dough with your hands, then cover them with some oil. Leave to rise for about 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer disks to work on the middle of a table cloth, and gradually start pulling the edges of the sheet until you get a thin crust. Remove edges of the crust. Sprinkle crust with oil and apply the prepared filling. Bend crusts in a roll form. Then bend in a swirl form and put in a oil coated circular baking pan.
  6. Bake at 250 degrees for 20-25 minutes until maznik gets a beautiful golden/red color.
  7. After baking, cover pie with a kitchen towel then serve. Serve with fermented milk.