Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baking Piroshki

On a rainy day,  my mom, dad,  siblings, and I baked piroshki (p•rosh•kee).  My Russian grandma gave us the recipe, and this was the first time we made them. My grandma only makes piroshki on special occasions because it takes a long time to make. Since it was a rainy day,  we had a lot of free time to bake piroshki. Here are the ingredients:

To make the dough:
  •  2 cups of flour
  • 35 ml of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • pinch of salt
 To make the stuffing:
  • ground chicken, turkey or beef
  • 1 onion
  • salt 
  • pepper

To make our dough, we first emptied a package of dried yeast into half a cup of warm water. We added in the sugar, mixed it up and let it stand for 20 minutes. We waited until the yeast grew to the very top of the cup.

Yeast when we first put it in the cup
Yeast after it has risen.

Next, we sifted two cups of flour into a bowl.  Then we added salt, oil, milk and yeast, and mixed everything together until we had dough. We covered the dough and put it into the warm oven to rise for half an hour.

Sifting the flour
The dough before it rose in the oven

While the dough was in the oven, my dad ground chicken and onion through a meat grinder.  Next, he fried the meat and onions together with salt and pepper in a pan. This will be the stuffing for the piroshki.

Meat and Onions
Frying the meat

When the dough had risen, we took a piece of the dough and rolled it out. Remember, always put flour and then roll out the dough or else it will stick to the board and you will not be able to take it off. Next, we took a cup and pressed it into the dough to make an even circle. Then we put a little meat into the rolled out dough, and we folded it up into a small round piroshki. We put them onto the baking sheet into even rows.  After the piroshki were on the tray, we took an egg and beat it up in a small bowl.  Then we got a brush and we basted the piroshki with the egg so it would turn a nice brownish color when they were in the oven.

1. Taking the risen dough out of the oven

2. Rolling the dough

3. Putting the meat on the piroshki
4. Folding the piroshki
5. Basting the Piroshki with egg

We baked them in the oven until golden brown at 350˚ F. While the piroshki were baking in the oven, the house smelled delicious.

What do you like to bake on a rainy day?


  1. Dear Miriam,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful family recipe.

    Yummy! it really does and sound so delicous as a matter of fact it has made my very hungry.

    As when it comes to cooking often when I lived on the farm in Corryong my mum and I would make home made pasta.
    My mum would mix up all the ingredients, make the dough. While my job was to turn the pasta machine handle. While my mum feed the dough into the paste machine I would turn the handle and out would come long lenghts of spaghetti which we would then cook up and eat.

    It was so much fun! I really loved spending time cooking with my mum.

    Do you have a favourite food which you love to cook Miriam?

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful yummy post.

    From your friend down under,
    AA. :)

  2. ♕♔Miriam♕♔November 9, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Dear AA,

    Thank you for comment. It must be really cool to make home made pasta from scratch.

    My mom isn't the best cook but as you know my Grandma is. My favorite food to make with her is garlic potatoes with schnitchel, and lemonade.


  3. Dear Miriam,
    Cookariffic post. I just love cooking with my nanna.

    When it is a rainy day my nanna and I make a cake or some cupcakes.

    I might have to make piroshki when it is a rainy day.

    I like the photos you took.

    From your pal,

  4. Dear Miriam,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I am taking a computer class (EDM310) and I am learning how to blog!

    I love your blog and I love your rainy day recipe. You did a wonderful job with your instructions and I really liked your pictures. Piroshki looks so delicious and your blog made me so hungry! How long did it take you to make it?

    I enjoy making chicken and dumplings when I am at home. It is a southern dish that I make from scratch. It has chicken, broth,and plump dumplings. It is very delicious, and I especially like eating it on a rainy or cold day! It warms my heart!

    Maybe, I will try making Piroshki the next time we have rain!!

    Thanks for the recipe,
    Mrs. Kathy Zoghby

  5. Dear Miriam,

    This is a wonderful family recipe to share. I can see why you say it takes a long time to prepare.

    The idea seems a little like Cornish Pasties. That's what is amazing about food preparation, a good idea such as Piroshki is likely to have something similar made somewhere else in the world.

    I can tell your Grandma is a good cook. She has to be with such wonderful recipes. :)

    Ross Mannell (teacher)
    NSW< Australia

  6. Dear Miriam,
    Thank you for sharing your family's recipe. These Russian Piroshki's look a little bit like my Argentinean "Empanadas"

    I started my own recipe blog where I document my family's recipes. I made a movie how to cook/bake empanadas.

    Maybe you want to try them one day.


  7. Aloha Miriam,
    You brought back so many wonderful memories for me. I always cooked with my grandma. We made apple strudel, noodles, chicken soup, doughnuts, and kolache not to mention the Christmas baking.

    I remember stretching the dough for the strudel so it was paper thin and then gently spreading the apples, raisins and bread crumbs before rolling the dough around the filling. The breadcrumbs were my grandma's secret ingredient, it kept the strudel from becoming soggy. Has your grandmother shared any of her secrets with you?

    Growing up in northeasten Ohio I have eaten piroshki and now that I have the recipe I will have to make them and bring back another lovely memory.

    Mahalo nui loa,
    Mrs. Jacobs

  8. Dear Miriam,
    I am glad your piroshki came out so good and you enjoyed making them.
    I like that you are interested in cooking and baking it will be useful when you will grow up. We should cook more often and you will enjoy cooking even more.
    Love you,
    Grandma Tanya

  9. Dear Mrs. Zoghby,

    Thank you for your lovely comment. It took us a couple of hours to bake piroshki. A lot of that time we were just waiting for the yeast and dough to rise. It also took a long time to fold up the piroshki into round circles. Maybe next time it rains I can try to make dumplings instead of piroshki. Dumplings in Russian are called vareniki.

    What are you studying at the University? I hope you visit again soon!

    Your new blogging buddy,

  10. Dear Mr. Mannel,

    Thank you for leaving me a complimentary comment. I have never tried Cornish Pasties but if they are similar to piroshki then I will probably like them.

    My Grandma has a whole drawer of different recipes that she has collected over the years. They are all delicious.

    I hope you visit again soon!


  11. Dear Mrs. Tolisano,

    Thank you for your wonderful comment. I appreciate that you mentioned my blog on your post. Maybe one rainy day I will try to cook Argentinean Empanadas. They sound delicious! My father likes to cook foods from different countries. He recently cooked some Indian food. I will tell him to try to make Empanadas.

    What special family recipe to you like best?

    I hope you visit again soon!


  12. Dear Mrs. Jacobs,

    Thank you for your comment. The food you baked sounds delicious. I have also made chicken soup with my dad before because that is my sisters favorite food.

    I also learned a few secrets from my grandma like not to put a lot of soy sauce and salt together because it will make the food too salty.

    I hope you visit again soon!


  13. Dear Grandma Tanya,

    Thank you for leaving me a comment. Your recipes are excellent. I had piroshki for lunch the other day. I also hope that I can come over next weekend and we can bake something new.


  14. hi

    i haven't seen or tasted piroshki before. I once made lion house dinner rolls and posted the recipe on my blog. you can check it out here:


    on a rainy day, i would like to bake chocolate chip cookies.

    Ibne Muhammad

  15. hi

    thanks for sharing this recipe and i will love to make them !

    one a rainy day i wold like to make brownies.

    Binte Muhammad

  16. Dear Miriam,
    My name is Brianne Woods, and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your yummy family Piroshki recipe. You did a wonderful job explaining how to make Piroshki step by step. Reading your blog post and seeing the pictures that you posted made me want to make some yummy Piroshki, right now!

    I love to bake homemade chocolate chip cookies on rainy days.

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post! You are such a great writer! Keep up the good work!

    Thanks Again,
    Brianne Woods

  17. Dear Miriam, I am a mom of four children adopted from Russia - and right now I'm making piroshki! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Dear Ms. Annie,

      Thank you for the comment. I am glad that you liked the recipe!:D I hope you enjoy the piroshki. Visit again soon!


  18. hi miriam...i have a batch in the oven now. thanks for sharing the recipe. i had some this weekend when we visited pike place market in seattle and had some from PIROSHKY PIROSHKY. i used your dough recipe but mine are filled with onion/potato/cheese and onion/potato/mushrooms. thanks again!

    on rainy days, i like to make coconut bread.

  19. I made my babushka's piroshki yesterday. I made a double batch so it took me 5 1/2 hours to finish. They are definitely a labour of love. Our recipe is slightly different. Our filling is ground cooked chicken, cooked long grain rice, fried onions and chicken bouillon.
    Our dough recipe contains more sugar, vanilla and melted butter. I also like to brush melted butter on the cooked piroshki instead of an egg wash.
    I haven"t met anyone who doesn't love piroshki.


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