Baking

Schangi (Шаньги), Small Open Potato Pies

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 06/11/2011 - 14:17.

Ingredients:

For dough:
1 egg
5 – 6 fl oz (150 – 180 ml) water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Rye flour and wheat flour at a 1:2 ratio (e.g. 1 tbsp rye per 2 tbsp wheat flour)
0.5 tsp salt

For stuffing:
3 large potatoes
0.5 tsp salt
0.5 – 1 cup hot milk
1 tbsp butter

Other ingredients:
1 egg
3 tbsp sour cream
4 tbsp melted butter

Method:

Break 1 egg onto a dish for the dough, pour all the water in, add the vegetable oil and 0.5 tsp salt, and stir.

Add 1 tbsp rye flour and 2 tbsp wheat flour, stir.

Continue to add the rye and wheat flour as you make non-sticky dough.

Knead for 3 – 5 minutes, then make a ball from the dough, roll it in a piece of plastic wrap, and put in a refrigerator for 30 – 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel and boil the potatoes to readiness, and warm the milk to hot.

Make puree from the potatoes, hot milk, butter, and 0.5 tsp salt (puree has to not be thin!).

Then, roll the dough in 1/4” thick sheet, and cut off 3” - 4” (8 - 10 cm)in diameter circles.

Grease a large baking sheet with 2 tbsp butter or margarine.

Put the dough circles on it.

Place a portion of the potato mix on a middle of each circle.

Spread the potato mix evenly but leave 1” edges free of it.

Fold the circle in half, and pinch the edges together

Whip the egg and 1 tbsp sour cream together, and grease the schangi top with this mix.

Pre-heat an oven to 360-390 F (180 – 200 C), and place the baking sheet into the oven.
Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the dough turns light brown colored.

Take the sheet out of the oven, and place a small piece of butter or margarine in the middle of each pie.

Lent Open Pies with Brewing Dough and Apples

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 04/02/2011 - 16:01.

Ingredients for 2 pies:

0.5 cup vegetable oil
0.5 cup boiling water
2 cup flour
1 tsp baking mix
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp sugar

For fillings:

5-7 medium apples
Sugar and ground cinnamon on your taste

Method:

Mix the flour, baking mix, salt and sugar together.

Preheat the vegetable oil and bring 0.5 cup water to boil, stir them together, and pour this into the flour mix.

Stir well, and knead the dough.
The dough shouldn’t be sticky, add a little more flour if it is.

Cover with a lid, and let sit for about 15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 2 halves, and roll each on a baking-sheet-sized piece of wax paper.

Note:
You can roll them into either a rectangular or circular shape.

Preheat an oven to 380-400 F (190-200 C).

Wash the apples, remove the seeds and cores, and slice them into crescent-shaped pieces.

Place them on the dough evenly but leave 2-3” edges not covered with apples.

Sprinkle the apples with the sugar and cinnamon.

Then, wrap up the dough edges, cover apples a little with dough, and bake until the dough and apples turns light golden.

Serve hot, warm, or cold with tea.

Note:

An advantage of this dough is that it doesn’t get soggy under apples when baked.
Video-recipe in Russian is http://www.kyxarka.ru/news/1331.html .

Vegetable Tartlets with Caviar

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 03/05/2011 - 17:03.

Ingredients:

1 lb vegetables on your taste
5 tbsp margarine or butter
3 eggs

For fillings:

Whipped sour cream and caviar
Whipped caviar butter and dill
Whipped sour cream-herring mix and caviar

Method:

Peel and wash the any vegetables on your taste.

Boil or microwave vegetables to readiness.

Make puree from vegetables and butter or margarine, and let cool to warm.

Whip the puree and eggs.

Pre-heat an oven to 200 C (400 F).

Place equal portions of puree into baking shapes, and shape tartlets.
Or, just make “nests” from puree.

Bake for about 5-10 minutes, until they get a light crust.

Take them out of the oven, let cool, and stuff with filling.

Serve on a flat dish, (optionally) decorated with green salad leaves, sliced gherkins, and sliced tomatoes.

Holiday Cake

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 02/05/2011 - 17:28.

Ingredients:

For dough:

7 eggs
11 oz (300 g) sugar
11 oz (300 g) butter
3.5 oz (100 g) marzipan
5.5 oz (150 g) flour
5.5 oz (150 g) potato or corn starch flour
1 orange

For cream:

9 oz (250 g) Mascarpone cheese
9 oz (250 g) heavy whipping cream
5.5 oz (150 g) sugar
16 Maraschino pitted cherries, with liquid
1 pinch cinnamon
6 whole cloves
Vanilla on taste

Method:

Separate the egg whites and yolks.
Whip the egg whites to a mild peak consistency, adding sugar in small portions.

Grate the marzipan.

Peel the orange, remove the white parts from inside the peel, and grate the peels.

Mix the marzipan, orange peels, butter, egg yolks and sugar.

Mix in the flour and potato starch flour, and stir well to make dough.

Cover the bottom of a baking shape with baking paper, and sprinkle it with melted butter.

Preheat an oven to 175 C (350 F).

Add the whipped egg whites to the dough, stir well, and pour the dough into the baking shape.

Bake for about 1 hour.
Then, let cool in the shape.

Whip the whipping cream until it holds a shape.

Whip the Mascarpone cheese with sugar.

Stir the Mascarpone cheese and whipping cream together.

Cut the cake into 2 layers at half of its height.

Bring the Maraschino cherries liquid to boil with cinnamon, and whole cloves, then sift and add the vanilla.

Sprinkle both layers with this liquid to make the layers wet.

To assemble the cake, put the Maraschino pitted cherries on the bottom layer, cover them with half of the cream, cover with the top layer, and with second half of cream.

Decorate with cherries and whipping cream.

Let sit for about 30 minutes in a refrigerator.
Slice and serve.

Old-Style Russian Potato Pies

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/29/2011 - 18:08.

Ingredients:

1 egg
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
Pinch of salt
Flour, enough to make dense dough (the volume depends on the type of flour, so it is up to you)

For potato filling:

2 large peeled potatoes
5 garlic cloves
1 large onion
2 tbsp vegetable oil
0.5 cup hot milk, or hot water
Salt, chopped greens, and pepper on taste
4-6 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

Method:

Make the dough, make a ball from the dough, and let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil the peeled potatoes to readiness.

Peel, chop, and stir-fry the onions.

Press the garlic.

Make puree from potatoes and the hot milk, add all of the other filling ingredients, and stir well.

Cut the dough into small pieces. Roll every dough piece into very(!) thin circles.

Put the filling in the middles, bring the edges up and press them together, then flip each pie upside down. Then, press the pies evenly, to get flat (1/3”-1/2” thick) pies.

Preheat a large flat skillet with 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil, and fry the pies for about 2-3 minutes per side.

Eat hot.

Russian-Style Pumpkin Pie

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/15/2011 - 19:07.

Ingredients:

2 lb pumpkin
1 cup cream of wheat
0.75 cup flour
9 eggs
4 tbsp butter or margarine
2 cup milk
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Method:

Peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds, and cut into small cubes.

Bring 1 cup milk to boil with low heating, put the pumpkin into the boiling milk.

Boil for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring thoroughly.
Then, add cream of wheat into the boiling mix in small portions, stirring to avoid globs.

Separate the egg yolks and egg whites, and whip the egg whites vigorously.

Warm 3 tbsp butter on a skillet, then turn heating on and add flour, stirring well.

Add 1 cup milk, bring to boil on the skillet while continuing to stir, and boil for 3 -5 minutes.

Place this mix into the boiled pumpkin, add the egg yolks, salt, and sugar, and blend well.

Let cool to warm, add the whipped egg whites, and blend together.

Grease a baking dish with 1 tbsp butter, and place the mix into the baking dish evenly.

Pre-heat an oven to 390-400 F (190-200 C).

Sprinkle the mix with melted butter, and place in the oven.

Bake until the top turns light brown.

Slice, and serve hot.

Chebureki

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/01/2011 - 19:49.

Ingredients:

For dough:

4 cup flour
1.3 cup water
1 egg
1 tbsp vegetable oil
0.5 tsp salt

For filling:

27 oz (750 g) de-skinned, deboned meat
0.5 cup water (or kefir, or other sour milk drink)
Salt, pepper, spices on taste

Method:

For the dough, mix water with vegetable oil and salt, and bring to boil. Turn heating off.

Stir 0.5 cup flour into the boiled mix until an even consistency is reached.

Stir in the egg.

Knead the dough, adding leftover dough in small portions, to an even consistency.

Note:
The dough has to not be sticky, if it is add more flour.

Let sit at room temperature 1- 1.5 hours.

Halfway through the wait knead it lightly.

At that time, grate the meat.

Peel the onion, cut it into very small cubes, and press with salt, pepper, and spices together.

Stir the mix with the ground meat.

Note:
To simplify the process, you can grate the meat, onions, salt, pepper, and spices together.
Alternatively, stir the onions mix in with pre-ground meat.

Add 0.5-1 cup of sour milk drink to the meat-onion mix, and stir well.

Let sit for about half an hour.

Make balls (size of a tennis ball) from the dough.

Roll every ball into a circle of 1 mm (1/28”, i.e. very thin) thickness.

Take the meat mix, a little more than a tennis ball sized portion, and cover half of the dough circle evenly.

Cover with the other half of the circle, connect the edges tightly. Leave no holes.

Fry in a deep fryer or on a deep skillet where the vegetable oil is up to half height of these chebureki.

Flip when a side turns light-brown.

Drain the oil on paper towels, and serve.

Note:
Chebureki can be a standalone meat dish, or bread to soups, broths, and vegetable dishes.

Apple Ponchicks (Russian-style apple doughnuts)

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 12/25/2010 - 18:57.

Ingredients:

1 lb flour
150 ml (5.5 oz) milk
1 tsp dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
25 g (1 oz) butter or margarine
1-2 apples
3 tbsp tvorog (or Farmer’s cheese, or Ricotta)
2 eggs
Vegetable oil for frying
3 tbsp sugar powder

Method:

Warm the milk, dissolve the yeast in milk, add 0.5 tsp sugar and 0.5 tsp flour, stir well.

Let sit for about 20 minutes in a warm place, until foam rises.

Add all of the flour, sugar, warmed margarine, eggs, cheese, and knead the dough.

Cover a dish with dough with clean fabrics, and let sit for about 1 hour in a warm place.

Peel the apples, deseed, and cut them into small cubes.

Add the apples into the dough, knead, and let sit for about 15 minutes.

At the same time, heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer, or in a deep sauce-pan.

Wet your hands, and shape small dough balls by hand.

Place them in the fryer, and fry for about 2 minutes.

Then, take these ponchics from the oil, drain them on paper towels, or in a colander.

Sprinkle with sugar powder, and serve with tea, coffee, cocoa, or juice.

Ossetian Pies

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 12/25/2010 - 18:49.

Ingredients:

For dough:

1 pack (1-1.5 tsp) dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter or margarine
30 oz water
Flour – as much as necessary to make not too thick dough

Fillings:

Ground boiled potato – ground cheese mix,
Ground boiled beet leaf – ground cheese mix,
Ground boiled pumpkin – ground cheese mix
Ground cheese
Fried ground beef
Boiled Ground beans
Chopped Greens can be added to every variation on your taste

Method:

Warm the water.
Dissolve the yeast in 0.5 cup warm water, let sit for about 15-20 minutes.

Then add this mix and all the other dough ingredients, and knead a soft but not sticky dough.

Grease the top of the dough with the vegetable oil, cover with fabrics, and let sit for about 2 hours in a warm place.

Divide the dough into 3 parts, roll every part. You have to get a ball 4-5” in diameter.

Roll every ball into a thin circle with 8-9” in diameter.

Divide all of the filling into 3 parts, and cover each dough circle with the filling layer evenly, but leave the outermost 2” uncovered.

Bring all the edges up and together into a center point, press the top down a bit.

Then, flip the pie upside down, and press down to even out the filling layer even. Do not tear the dough!

Do the same with the other dough and filling parts.

Place each pie on a round baking dish with raised edges, greased with the butter or margarine.

Pre-heat an oven to 180 – 200 C (380 – 400 F).

Pierce every pie with fork 2-3 times (just upper dough layer), and bake for about 20 minutes.

Note:

1. You have use an equal volume of dough and filling for every pie.
2. Try to roll the dough as thinly as possible.
3. You can eat these pies hot, warm, or cold.

Spinach Pudding – Old Russian recipe

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 12/11/2010 - 18:43.

Ingredients:

1 lb spinach
0.5 lb French bread
2 cup milk
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar
3 whipped egg whites
3 egg yolks
10 ground cardamom grains

Method:

Wash and drain the spinach, then boil it for about 5 minutes in 1 cup water.
Drain, chop, and make puree out of it (you have to get 1 cup or more).

Bring 2 cups milk to boil.

Cut all of the bread crust off, soak the rest in boiled milk, turn heating off, and let the saucepan sit for 30 minutes.

Add the butter into the saucepan, stir well.

Blend the egg yolks with sugar, add to the saucepan, then add the spinach puree a tablespoonful at a time, stirring continuously.

Then, add the ground cardamom and whipped egg whites, and whip everything together for about 1-2 minutes, to get an even consistency.

Grease a baking dish with butter, and sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs.

Pour the mix into the dish, and let cool to warm.
Cover with a lid (leave space for the dough to expand).

Insert this dish into a large saucepan with boiling water (the water level has to be 1 finger width below the dish’s lid), and boil for 1-1.5 hour, adding water to maintain the water level.

Then, take the dish out of the saucepan, turn it upside down, and place the pudding on a large flat dish.

Cover with any sweet white sauce on your taste (Sabayon, or some other sauce), and serve.