Ukrainian Easter Bread Dough Rolls with Farmer Cheese Filling – Paskhalnie Piroshki

Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter today. There are colored eggs, Kuliches and Paskha on Russian, Ukrainian and many more tables. We celebrate Easter with USA, so today I wished my mom happy Easter, made Mexican lunch (it’s Cinco de Mayo also!) and for dinner tea we had these Easter buns from Ukraine. Just because.

I have never met this bake before, but recipe looked very tempting. Two in one – rich and fragrant yeast dough and creamy cheese filling.

So I made it in my, lighter version, with new (for me) method, named in Russian circles Viennese dough. In this method, sourdough is made overnight, but without any flour.

Ukrainian Easter Bread Dough Rolls with Farmer Cheese Filling - Paskhalnie Piroshki

Yield: 16 rolls

2 large eggs
1/3-1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp. dry yeast

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
pinch of salt
cinnamon, vanilla extract, cardamom

1 cup farmer cheese (tvorog)
1 egg, separated
1-2 tbsp. sugar (I used brown sugar)
raisins (optional)

Viennese method: night before, mix together eggs, milk, sugar and yeast in medium bowl, cover with kitchen towel and let stay in room temperature about 12 hours (overnight). No flour, no anything more. Sourdough rise and fall many times by itself.

In the morning, place all sourdough in mixer bowl, add salt, spices and flour and mix well, add butter in small pieces. I add about 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 2 crushed and sifted cardamom pods. Knead the dough 10-12 minutes until smooth and elastic. Let it rise in double, covered, about 2 – 2 1/2 hours.

For filling: mix together cheese and lightly whipped with sugar egg white. Leave yolk for brushing.

Punch dough down, and turn out onto a lightly floured or sprayed surface; divide for 16 pieces, form the balls.

Take the ball on a sprayed palm, flatten with the other hand, place full tablespoon filling and fold the cake in half, pinch edges to seal very well. Place piroshki, seam down, on prepared baking pan, pretty tight, brush with egg yolk, cover with kitchen towel and let rise about 45 minutes.

Bake in preheated 350 F oven about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, cover with towel and let cool and soften.

1 bun is about 110 calories

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