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Russian Yeast Dough

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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."
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2 h 55 m servings 234
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 rolls of dough)


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  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; 6.8 36.4 6.3 46 106 Full nutrition

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