These are delicious and different, and they actually freeze really well for an easy meal later. When freezing these, I freeze them after they've already been baked and cooled, then I just pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes until reheated. You could also try other fillings, I like to also add a couple of shakes of Italian seasoning to the filling while cooking. They are a favorite in my house, I hope you like them too.
- 6 cups plain flour
- 1 tablespoon dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 cups milk, warmed
- 1 cup melted butter
- 1 egg, beaten lightly
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium brown onion, chopped finely
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 cup potato, peeled and chopped finely
- 4 slices bacon, rind removed chopped finely (canadian or aussie style)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1⁄3 cup tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Combine flour, yeast, salt and sugar in large bowl. Make a well in the centre; using hand, mix in egg yolks, milk and butter until mixture is soft and elastic. Scrape down sides of bowl, cover; stand in warm place about 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
- Meanwhile make the filling. Heat oil in large frying pan; cook onion, garlic, potato and bacon, stirring, until potato softens. Add beef; cook, stirring, until changed in colour. Stir in paste and thyme. cool 10 minutes before filling.
- Turn dough onto floured surface;knead until smooth. Divide dough into 16 pieces;press each piece into 12cm round.
- Preheat oven to 180c/350f. Lightly oil two oven trays.
- Place rounded tablespoon of the filling in centre of each round and a pinch of chedder cheese (optional); gather edges, pinch firmly to enclose filling. Place piroshki, pinched-side down, on prepared trays; brush with egg. Stand, uncovered, in warm place 15 minutes.
- Bake, uncovered, in hot oven about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.