1 extra large egg beaten
with 1 tablespoon cold water for egg wash
Sesame seeds for sprinkling (optional)
Set aside 1/2 cup flour and mix with grated cheese. Place 5 cups flour in
a mixing bowl with salt. Mix well.
Dissolve sugar in the lukewarm water. Mix in yeast and proof for 10 minutes.
Make a well in the center of the mound of flour and pour in proofed yeast
mixture. Stir well and start kneading. Add more flour as needed to produce a slightly
sticky dough. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel to rest
for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into four equal parts. Roll each into a ball. Place each
ball of dough in a large bowl with 1/2 inch of olive oil. Turn the dough over so
that every part of the surface is oiled. Cover each bowl with a damp towel and let
rest for 30 minutes more.
While the dough is rising, preheat the filling for the boyos.
Prepare two well-oiled cookie sheets.
On a well-oiled bread board, roll out one ball of dough to a 15-inch square.
The dough will be very thin. Set aside one quarter of the cheese-flour mixture.
Sprinkle half of the cheese-flour mixture you have set aside over the dough. Fold
the two ends of the sheet of dough over the filling, letting them meet at the center.
Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese-flour mixture you have set aside over
this and then fold the sheet of dough in half.
Cut the piece of dough into six squares of equal size.
Roll one of the squares into a 5-inch square. Place 1 tablespoon of the filling
in the center of the square.
Fold each point of the square into the center of the pastry and pinch the
edges gently to seal.
Using a spatula, gently place the finished pastry on a prepared cookie sheet.
Repeat steps 10 through 12 with the remaining 5 pieces of dough. Then repeat steps
7 through 12 with the remaining dough and filling. You will have 24 boyos.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Brush the boyos with the egg wash and sprinkle lightly with the sesame seeds,
if you wish. Bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool to room temperature