From Russia With Love!

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

  1. Dough

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.


Pie dough from scratch

Yeast, sugar and some warm water – mix it!

Pie dough

Yeast for the pie raising up

Pie dough

15-17 min after

Pie dough

Butter and milk – foundation of the dough

Pie dough in process

Melt the butter and add milk afterwards

Pie dough in process

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.

Pie dough

In any case, the dough will double or triple in size, so you will have A LOT OF IT!))

Pie dough

Pie dough will rise A LOT))

2) Filling

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.

Pie filling

Simple ingredients – chop them!))

Pie filling

Cabbage – bigger chops, onions – smaller. I prefer to fry them in different pans

Pie filling

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! 

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  • Anonymous - 5 years ago

    Sounds interesting. My favorites are apple, cherries and pecan.

  • Konstantin Mikhaylov - 5 years ago

    Шикарный мастер-класс! Супер!)

  • Darryl - 5 years ago

    Nice photos and well presented- A Muscovite huh? Not a real Russian : ) Just kidding the same as Paris Sydney Berlin…
    I have as well as my family grown a great circle of Russian contacts over the last 3 years. A beautiful country and beautiful people…

  • Anonymous - 5 years ago

    Looks delicious. In the west most of our pies are made from pastry which does not include yeast. Milk, flour and butter or lard forms the dough. We do not let the dough raise but instead chill the dough in the refrigerator before rolling out with a rolling pin.

    We enjoy apple, cherry elderberry pies. We also make chicken vegetable and gravy pies as well as turkey vegetable gravy pies.

    Much love from your Canadian Cold Weather Cousins!

  • Emma - 5 years ago

    Interesting. Your “pie” recipe seems to be a bread recipe (the yeast). In the UK, a pie uses a pastry – shortcrust or puff or flaky. Think I might have to try it!

  • Marsha - 5 years ago

    I think I will try your pie crust recipe. It is unusual to use yeast in the US, so this will be a real cooking adventure. Thanks for sharing it.