Yesterday I baked something from a recipe that I found on the internet, but the recipe was entirely in Russian (which isn’t even the language I officially learned), so I was really proud of myself. Additionally, it turned out really delicious so I decided to share the recipe here.
Margarine - 200 grams
Flour – 3 cups
Eggs – 4
Sugar – 1 tablespoon
a pinch of salt
Dry yeast – 2 teaspoons
Cabbage – 1/2 a medium sized head
Butter – 100 grams
Milk – 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup
To make the dough you should mix one egg and the sugar together in a cup (as in a measuring cup). Once the egg and sugar are mixed, fill the rest of the cup with cold water. Add a pinch of salt. Set aside.
Mix together the flour and the dry yeast in a big bowl. Add the margarine (softened) and use your hands to mix it together until you have even sized crumbles.
Mix in the cup of egg/salt/sugar/water until its all moist. Knead the dough, adding more flour as necessary until it’s a normal dough consistency. Put the ball of dough in a bag, and pop in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Now, to make the filling. Cut up the cabbage into very thin slices. Put it in a pan over medium heat with a pinch of salt and pour in the milk. Cover and let it cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is softish. At that point, at the butter and let it keep cooking for a few more minutes. The cabbage should, at this point, be delicious.
Then make 3 hard boiled eggs and cut them into little pieces. Add the egg pieces to the cabbage mixture and let it cool. This is your filling.
Now take out your dough. Use a roller to make small circles of dough, add about a tablespoon of filling, and fold them up (as you can see in this picture).
Then I just popped them onto a greased baking pan (it’s ok if there is no space between them – they should be all up in each other’s business), spread melted butter over the tops, and cook at 200 degrees C (about 390 F) for 20 minutes.
Honestly, these are really yummy. Before coming to Ukraine, I couldnt imagine a cabbage dish that would be this delicious, but it is. Or maybe I’ve been in Ukraine for too long.