Pyrizhky | Pies

Smoked Sour Cabbage Stuffed Pies

This is one of the best dough recipes for small stuffed baked pies common for Eastern-European cuisines. It is best for its ability to keep the crumb soft, fluffy, and moist for a few days, because this enriched dough comes close to the dough for brioche. Can you imagine two-bites sized stuffed brioche pies? That’s what I am talking about.

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Flammkuchen | Tarte flambée

Flammkuchen (leeks, uncured smoked bacon, creme frache, cheese)

It is known as Tarte Flambée in France and as Flammkuchen in Germany. The dish is popular in both countries and there are many variations for the dough as well as for the toppings. Traditional basic version is made with thinly rolled rectangle of dough, which is covered with a generous layer of schmand/crème fraîche/20-30% butterfat sour cream, topped with onions and speck/lardons/small strips of lightly smoked uncured meaty bacon, seasoned with pepper and salt, and baked in a wood-fire oven. Flammkuchen was the first thing I wanted to recreate at home after my trip to Germany and France. The goal was to find the right recipe for the dough and the best local ingredients for the toppings. This recipe of flammkuchen is not final yet, it’s version 1.0, the closest to my favorite so far.

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Open Pie with Smoked Plumcots

Smoked Plumcots, Bacon, and Brie Pie

Ukrainian sweet dough + brie Délice de Bourgogne + smoked plumcots + bacon + thyme. This combination became my best discovery this summer! Every slice oozes melted brie mixed with sweet and sour smokiness of juicy plumcots. Flavors are rich. Textures are decadently soft and silky. Delightful!

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Ramps and Bacon Omelet

Ramps and Bacon Omelet

There are many ways to make an omelet. Rolled French omelette is one of my favorite. It is good plain, but even better when flavored with herbs and rolled with grated cheese. It is absolutely amazing with chives and ramps!

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My Borsch

Borsch

Rich, thick and dense, bright red, piping hot, always served with a dollop of a sour cream on top. My father and brother would say: “There is a borsch and there is red soup with beetroots and tomatoes. These are two very different things.”

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