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Author Notes: Piroshki, or mini pies, is a fundamental dish of Russian traditional cuisine. The piroshki dough recipe suggested below is a perfect match for both sweet and savory fillings. With this dough in hand, you easily create beautiful and delicious appetizers, full meal, mouthwatering dessert or an all-winner party food. I suggest trying piroshki with a mushroom “caviar”. The name “caviar” was given to a dish for its grainy texture remotely. reminding fish caviar, so loved by Russians. Both, the dough and ready to be baked piroshki can be frozen and baked later, up to a month. —exploredough
For the dough
cups Flour, all-purpose unbleached
grams Butter, unsalted
milliliters Milk, whole
teaspoons Dry Active Yeast
For the mushroom caviar filling
grams Dry wild mushroom mix
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Olive oil for cooking
Salt and Pepper
- For the mushroom caviar: Soak dry mushrooms in a cold water for 1 hour. Or boil mushrooms for 10-15 minutes if you do not have time for soaking. Cut onions into small pieces and cook them in a frying pan with a couple of tablespoons of oil until golden color on medium high temperature Drain mushrooms and add them to the mushrooms. Do not discard the liquid. Add the mushroom liquid, 1/3 a cup, to the mushrooms, cover the pan with the lid and simmer for 15 minutes occasionally mixing. Use medium or medium-low temperature. Through cooking add more mushroom liquid if the mixture is dry. After 15 minutes of cooking add salt and pepper, press the garlic through the garlic press into the pan with the mushrooms, cut and add dill, squeeze the lemon. Mix everything well. Cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from the stove. Drain liquids if left. Transfer the mushroom mixture into the food processor and run until grainy texture is reached. Try salt level. Add more if needed. Let the “caviar” cool down to a room temperature or even cooler in a fridge.
- For the dough: Warm up milk to lukewarm temperature. Add sugar, salt and yeast, mix it well with a spoon and put aside for 5 or so minutes for yeast to activate and all ingredients to dissolve. Melt butter in a saucepan on a stove or in a microwave. Sift the flour on a working surface, form a little mountain and create a well for the butter on top. Let the melted butter to cool down to the temperature that is comfortable for hands to work with. Slowly pour the butter in the flour well and mix it in with your hands. Mix milk once again and gradually it into the dough. Knead the dough until it is uniform, soft and elastic. (7-9 min). Form a ball, wrap it in a plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a half an hour.The dough is easier to work with if it is slightly cooler than a room temperature.
- For assembling: Take the dough out of a fridge and split it into 12 pieces. Form the balls. Take the first ball. Roll it out with the rolling pin in rectangular shape (short side toward you), approximately 12 cm x 25 cm Take a generous tablespoon of mushroom caviar and place it 1/4 length away from the closer to you end. Leave a bit of space on the sides. (see the picture above) Roll the piroshki, closing the sides well with your fingers to prevent the filling from falling out. Continue with the rest of the dough Preheat oven to 375 F. Place the piroshki on the baking sheet lined with the parchment paper. Brush the piroshki with an egg (1 egg + 1 tablespoon of water). Optionally, decorate the piroshki with some ornament. (Use cookie shapes and rolled out dough; use egg/water mix as a glue). Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until you see a beautiful nicely baked pastries color.