My dear readers! I was thinking – how to celebrate St’Valentines with you and how to show my love to you on this very special day! I think that I have found a way – in this post I share my family recipe for the best pies ever. Enjoy! Love you!
About Pies In General
Pies are comfort food in so many cultures, it is insane. I guess – all cultures have some sort of pastry. Dough may be different, filling may be different, but it is all – a comfort food. Nothing is better than a home-made pie, be it in Russia or Mexico or the US or any other country.
Here, in Russia, we are serious about pies. We make both the filling and the dough from scratch. And, it is easy if you follow my recipe. Let’s start!
Recipe Of The Pie
Just several ingredients. And dough is universal for sweet and savoury pies. Mix yeast and sugar (2 spoons) in water that is 36-38C, not more, otherwise yeast may die. Wait to see the yeast rise.
Yeast, sugar and some warm water – mix it!
Yeast for the pie raising up
15-17 min after
Butter and milk – foundation of the dough
Melt the butter and add milk afterwards
Add some salt. I happen to have rose Himalayan salt in my kitchen, but any salt will do
Wait until the milk-butter is 36-38C warm, if it will be too hot – you will kill the yeast. Add yeast and add flour. I usually add just some flour and let the dough rise for 40 min. And only then I add more flour. But it is up to you.
In any case, the dough will double or triple in size, so you will have A LOT OF IT!))
Pie dough will rise A LOT))
As I said – you can use any filling you like with that dough – apples, spring onions and boiled eggs, cabbage, meat, fish, you name it. My signature pie is a cabbage pie. So, let’s proceed with it.
Simple ingredients – chop them!))
Cabbage – bigger chops, onions – smaller. I prefer to fry them in different pans
I like onions to be almost cooked, brown and nice looking. Cabbage should be half-cooked. Don’t forget salt and pepper.
Once you have the dough risen up and the filling cooled down, assemble the pie. Butter the pan before – it is an important step)) And once you have the pie ready to go in the oven – two more steps. Use the fork to make many holes, so that the dough rises evenly. And cover the crust with either egg yolk + water or even with a strong coffee or tea to add some color to the pie.
Bake at 150-180C and visit your pie from time to time to not let it burn!
ENJOY! And if you happen to have any leftovers of the dough – make cinnamon buns next morning for breakfast! or apple pastry. Or any other treats for your friends and relatives! They will enjoy that! Happy St’Valentines! May the LOVE be with you today! Please share your pie recipes in the comments to this post!