Moms Belyashi (Ponchiki)-Dough Recipe

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These cabbage filled belyashi (piroshki) are fluffy, light and soft and can also be filled with a sweet filling to make ponchiki (russian sweet filled fried doughnuts.) 

My mom uses this dough to make both belyashi (stuffed fried buns) and ponchiki (sweet fried Russian doughnuts). Belyashi are slightly bigger and can be stuffed with meat or braised cabbage. When making ponchiki, form into smaller sized ball shapes and fill with a sweet filling like jam. This dough comes together easily, with the stir of a spoon and rises fairly quick. It is a bit tacky to work with but the end results come out fluffy and light. My mom uses water to keep the dough off her hands and work surface but feel free to use flour instead. I recommend water as I think the end results turn out more light and fluffier this way but it’s really up to you.

moms,belyashi,ponchiki,piroshki,dough,recipemoms,belyashi,ponchiki,piroshki,dough,recipeIngredients:

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oil (for frying)

Directions:

1. Stir all ingredients (except oil) together to form a tacky dough. Cover and allow to rise for about 1 hour.

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2. Scoop out dough into 1/4 cup balls onto a lightly watered (or floured) surface.

Tip: Dip hands and measuring cup when handling this dough it really helps the dough from sticking, so just keep a bowl of water near you. 

3. Spoon a tablespoon of filling into the center. With wet hands gather the sides and bring up to the top.

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4. Lightly pat down and fry in hot oil a few minutes on each side until cooked through and golden brown.

moms-belyashi-piroshki-pomchiki-dough-recipe-img_4705Note: To make ponchiki, scoop dough out by tablespoon and fill the center with any sweet filling. Gather sides and bring to top to form a ball. Fry.  

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Moms Belyashi (Ponchiki)-Dough Recipe
 
Alyona's Cooking:
Serves: 35
Ingredients
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oil (for frying)
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients (except oil) together to form a tacky dough. Cover and allow to rise for about 1 hour.
  2. Scoop out dough into ¼ cup balls onto a lightly watered (or floured) surface.
  3. Spoon a tablespoon of filling into the center. With wet hands gather the sides and bring up to the top.
  4. Lightly pat down and fry in hot oil a few minutes on each side until cooked through and golden brown.

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