Okay so I’m the type of cook who uses recipes as a general guide or source of inspiration. It must come from the amateur, but passionate, dancer in me. I’m creating a new work of art that will be gone when the music stops or when the eating’s done.
This recipe is my first attempt at making a dough pocket inspired by Russian piroshkis.
They are so delicious ! Every time I am in Seattle ( alas all too rarely) I visit the piroshki place at Pike’s Place. My favorite is the smoked salmon- it’s shaped like a salmon!
This recipe is inspired by the Time Life Books- Recipes: Russian Cooking. I created a mixture of Vatrushki ( pot-cheese tartlets) and Pirozhki ( small pastries filled with meat).
Step 1: Dough:Vatrushki
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Start by mixing these ingredients together.
Mix ingredients together slowly.
Form a ball of dough.
Wrap in wax paper and chill for at least 30 minutes.
NOW for the filling:
I made mine with ground pork ( from my parent’s happy hogs) and cabbage.
Add chopped cabbage.
Add spices and salt.
Take your dough out of fridge.
Now shape into lovely pockets.
Brush with egg.
Bake at 400 degrees for around 30 minutes.