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Grandma's recipe for yeast dough for pirozhki, which are Russian buns stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. The dough can also be used for plain rolls or buns.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
2 hrs 20 mins
2 hrs 55 mins
20 mins
24 rolls of dough


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine lukewarm milk and 2 tablespoons sugar in a large bowl and stir to dissolve sugar. Mix 3 tablespoons flour with fresh yeast in a small bowl and add to milk mixture. Let rest in a warm place until mixture is frothy, 15 to 30 minutes.

  • Beat 3 eggs and 3 tablespoons sugar together in a small bowl. Add to the yeast mixture; stir in melted butter. Add 8 cups flour and salt. Mix until well combined and a soft dough forms; no kneading is necessary.

  • Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.

  • Punch down dough. Cover and let rise until doubled in volume once again, about 40 minutes.

  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces, or according to your preferred pirozhki recipe, and form into rolls. Place rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet. Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl and glaze rolls with the beaten egg. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).

  • Uncover and bake rolls in the preheated oven until golden, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use margarine in place of butter.

Nutrition Facts

234 calories; protein 6.3g; carbohydrates 36.4g; fat 6.8g; cholesterol 46.2mg; sodium 106mg. Full Nutrition