CAROLYN'S BAKED PARTY PIROSHKI
This morning while I was making some piroshki the mailman delivered the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a day. I have done a lot of cooking from the Healthy Book in 5 Minutes a day and enjoyed using it enough to get the origianal Book.
I was told many years ago by a Russian workmate how to make these and she invited all her work mates to call in and sample them. She also made an excellent cheesecake but I never was given that recipe. She fried hers but I couldnt seem to get the frying temperatures right. Years later in the Womens Weekly I saw a recipe which baked them and I have made them that way ever since. I have never used a recipe but what I do equates to a rich bread dough. About four cups of flour, l tablespoon yeast, couple of tablespoons of oil, l egg, l cup milk powder, garlic powder, salt. I mix it up with 1 1/2 - 2 cups of warm not hot water and it comes to a soft scone like consistency. I let it prove over night (usually at room temperature, but this lot rose quickly and I then put it in the refrigerator till the morning). I make up 500g beef mince, frying an onion, adding a pinch of sugar, some cummin, worchester sauce, soy sauce about half a cup of water or milk and enough gravox powder (you could sprinkle on some flour before adding the water if you dont have gravox) to make a very stiff gravy. This is then refrigerated also over night. If you make it too saucy it will split out the dough.
I pluck out about l tablespoon of dough, flatten it in my palm and put l teaspoon of the meat mixture in the centre pinching it up into a ball shape and then putting to rise for about 30 minutes. I then heat the oven to 180C give the proshki an egg wash and sprinkle on some sesame seeds. They brown in about 10-15 minutes. I have baked them successfully in a camp oven while camping. When at home if frozen once they have cooled off they reconstitute very well in the microwave and my family love them as "after a swim snacks". They can be made bigger but especially around Christmas time when there is so much to choose from I find this size perfect. Other fillings can be used.
I ended up with 50.
I ended up with 50.