Russian Yeast Dough


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
24 rolls of dough


  • 2 cups lukewarm milk

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 ounce fresh yeast

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • 4 eggs, divided

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • cup melted butter

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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 (per serving)

234 Calories
7g Fat
36g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 106mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 96mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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