Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Seems a lot of interest in Weber BabyQ cooking lately.  A lot of us love our camp ovens but with so many fire restrictions especially with summer approaching the Weber BabyQ is the answer for baking and grilling.
I have made piroshki before but have used a different bread this time.  Your favourite bread would be fine.  When I first made these may years ago I used an enriched bread and still tend to favour that

Not traditional but my version and a family favourite.

Filling make and cool:
1 large onion
500g minced beef makes approx 50 depending on your sizing.
 (750g meat if you dont want left over dough would make approx 70)
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
2 teaspoons worchestershire sauce (or chilli to taste)
1 Tablespoon flour or gravox
Brown onion, then meat. Add sauces and/or herbs and milk, then sprinkle flour or gravox over and mix. Reduce so that the meat has just a small amount of gravy.  Too much liquid will cause splitting when baking.

Alternate Pork filling:
I used 500g minced pork + 1/3rd cup Cha Sui Sauce OR if you can get it 2 cups Chinese Roast Pork
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or red onion
2 Tablespoons oil
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
1 1/2 Tablespoons Sesame Seed Oil
3/4 cup chicken stock
3 Tablespoons flour
Mix together Soy, Oyster Sauce, Sesame Seed Oil and chicken stock and put aside.
Fry the shallots in the oil till translucent not browned then the pork till just cooked.  
Sprinkle over the flour and sugar and stir.  
Add the sauces and stock and cook until thick.

3 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 beaten egg
1 Tablespoon dry yeast
1 Tablespoon salt
8 cups plain flour 
1 Cup skim milk powder (optional)
Topping: 2nd beaten egg and sesame seeds 

Mix liquids with egg, yeast and salt then add flour, it will be a sticky dough.
Leave two hours, can be used then but firms up for easier handling if left to chill preferably overnight. I didnt wait when making the youtube.
Sprinkle on some flour and with floury hands pluck out about a tablespoon of dough and flatten in your palm.
Put a heaped teaspoon of filling in the centre and pinch up and around it.
Put pinched side down on a tray and leave for 30 minutes.
Brush with another beaten egg and sprinkle on sesame seeds if you have them.
Heat Weber BabyQ to 200C - I put foil then trivet and left the piroshki on baking paper on a tin tray. Could be done onto a pizza stone.

Cook checking at 10 minutes could take 15 or more till tops start to brown and bottoms are not over cooked.

I had bread dough over and made a cheesy plaited loaf with it.

I love having Onion Marmalade in the fridge when I go camping and yesterday made it in my slow cooker some for the first time.
I simply put all the ingredients in the slow cooker put it on high for about 8 hours with a tea towel under the lid then on auto overnight.  It could have been reduced down slightly more but I find they seem to thicken once chilled so I left it.  
8 large onions sliced
1 Tablespoon each of cumin seeds, coriander seeds and salt.
2 1/2 cups of Brown Sugar
3 cups of Cider Vinegar.

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