Albanian Flija Recipe

Popular in Albania and the neighboring Balkan countries, Albanian Flija is a traditional layered pastry. Here is a recipe for it, along with thorough directions:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg


  1. Combine the all-purpose flour, semolina flour, and salt in a sizable mixing basin.
  2. Combine the heated water, yogurt, beaten egg, and vegetable oil in a different bowl.
  3. Once the dough develops, gradually add the wet components to the dry ones while thoroughly mixing.
  4. The dough should be smooth and elastic after 5 minutes of kneading.
  5. For around 30 minutes, cover the dough with a cloth and allow it to rest.
  6. Set your oven’s temperature to 375°F (190°C).
  7. The dough should be rolled out to a thickness of about 1/8 inch on a lightly dusted surface.
  8. Leave a thin border around the edges as you spread the melted butter over the dough.
  9. Cream, sour cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and freshly grated nutmeg should all be combined.
  10. Again maintaining a thin border all the way around the edges, spread the cream mixture over the butter in the dough.
  11. Start at one of the long sides and tightly roll up the dough.
  12. The remaining beaten egg should be used to brush the roll’s top once it is placed on a baking sheet.
  13. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, in the preheated oven.
  14. Before slicing and serving, let the flia cool.
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