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“Kazakh fried pasties filled with meat. From Time-Life's Foods of the World's book Russian Cooking (1969).Posting this in reply to a request in the Eastern European Forum. I have not made this but it reads interesting and someday I will make it. When I do,I will probably add a few more seasonings or herbs to the filling.”
READY IN:
1hr 25mins
SERVES:
4
YIELD:
16 pieces
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a small bowl soften yeast in 1/4 cup of the lukewarm milk with the sugar. Let it stand a few minutes, stir to dissolve completely; set it aside for 5-8 minutes till it's foamy.
  2. Pour flour into a deep mixing bowl & make a well in it. Pour the yeast mix & remaining flour into the well and mix well, beating vigorously till a stiff dough forms.
  3. Remove dough to lightly floured board and knead about 10 minutes till dough is smooth & elastic.
  4. Place in buttered bowl, cover with towel & allow to rise about 45 minutes or until dough doubles in bulk.
  5. The Filling.
  6. Combine beef, onions, salt & pepper and mix well.
  7. Assembly:.
  8. On lightly floured board roll out dough to 1/8" thickness & cut out 16 circles with a 4-1/2 inch cookie cutter.
  9. Place 5 teaspoons of filling on each circle & moisten the edges with cold water.
  10. Fold up all edges of the dough, enclosing the filling & making a flat, round cake.
  11. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  12. In a 10 to 12 inch heavy skillet set over high heat melt 3 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons oil till hazy;.
  13. Add half of the flat cakes & cover the pan.
  14. Reduce heat to moderate and cook cakes about 10 minutes on each side and are crisp & brown.
  15. Transfer to ovenproof platter and keep warm while you cook the other half of the cakes, adding remaining butter & oil to pan if needed.
  16. Serve at once.

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