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Sweet Poppy Seed Buns (Pirohi)

Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 18 minutes
Sweet Poppy Seed Buns; super soft and my family approved @natashaskitchen
What I love about this dough: (1) It's versatile - you can use it for sweet (cherries, apples) or savory treats (2) You don't need any special flour (all-purpose is just fine) (3) It's heavenly soft P.S. Prep time is based on using a warm 100˚F oven for dough rising. If you leave the dough to rise at room temp, you can expect to add about 2 hours to your prep time.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Servings: 36 buns

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm milk I used 2%
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast I used Red Star Brand
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour (divided into 1 cup and 5 cups)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg beaten for egg wash
  • 1 Tbsp dry poppy seeds to sprinkle over the top
  • 1 Recipe for Poppy Seed Filling click here for tutorial
  • 3/4 cup raisins white or brown raisins work

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 360°F at step 13.

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add 2 cups warm milk and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp yeast. Let sit 5-7 min.
  2. Add 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk together until blended and let it rise at room temp 30-45 min or 20 minutes in a 100˚ oven.
  3. Whisk in the 3 eggs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1.5 Tbsp melted butter and 1 tsp salt. Now using the dough hook, add the next 5 cups of flour 1 cup at a time letting it blend into the dough before adding more. You know you’ve added enough flour when the dough is no longer sticking to the walls of the bowl - flour measurements could vary depending on the flour you use. Mix/knead on low speed with the dough hook for 15 minutes.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm 100˚ oven for 1 hour (2 hours at room temp). The dough will triple in volume. Be patient. It’s all worth it in the end.
  5. Transfer your dough to a good very lightly floured non-stick surface and cut into 2 equal pieces. Working with one piece at a time, roll dough into a large circle a little less than 1/4" thick. Cut out circles 2 1/2 to 3" in diameter using a wide drinking glass or small bowl.
  6. Mix raisins into poppyseed filling. Place 1 heaping tsp (or a flat mini-ice cream scoop) of popy seed filling into the center of each round. Pinch two ends together over the filing and pinch down the sides to seal in the filling. Fold the two corners up and place the filled bun onto the 9x13 rimmed baking sheet, sealed-side-down.
  7. Let the piroshki rise in a warm 100˚F oven for 20 minutes until they look puffy (or 30-45 minutes in a warm room. Beat 1 egg and brush the tops of the puffy piroshki with the egg wash then sprinkle on the poppy seeds. Bake at 360˚F for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  8. Pour yourself a tall glass of cold milk and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Tip for Success with Yeast Doughs:
A yeast dough will rise much faster in a warm oven and can cut your prep work in half. When letting a yeast dough rise in the oven, it should never be hotter than 100˚F. If you have a proofing option on your oven, use it. My old oven didn’t have such a luxury and the low setting was at 150˚F which will start cooking your bread, deactivate the yeast and ruin your buns. I used to get creative by preheating to low, turning the oven off, propping the door with a wooden spoon and placing my dough over a towel in the oven. I’ve ruined yeast dough before by letting it get to hot and I’d love to spare you the same disappointment