Korovai

Korovai

Duration: 3 hours

Number of students: 3-6

Tickets: $55 per person

This dough is easy to make and shape. It doesn’t stick. It’s a pleasure to touch. When well kneaded, it is soft as a baby’s bottom. You can make more dough in advance, keep it refrigerated for up to 3 days, and have freshly baked delicacies every day.

Price includes expert instruction, demo, and practice. Everything made during the class will be shared among the participants to take home.

“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!”

With slight variations, this kind dough is used for many baked products all over the world. In French cuisine there is very rich and tender brioche. Famous challah, enriched with eggs (and sometimes vegetable oil) comes from Jewish cuisine. In Ukraine, we have our own basic and versatile recipe for the enriched dough. It is used for small, round pastries called pampUshky (there are also deep-fried pampushKY, which are similar to doughnuts). Savory garlicky pampushky are served with borsch. Sweet ones can be plain or filled with fresh berries, jam (povydlo), poppy seed filling, and dusted with sugar powder. The same dough is used for pies, braided and intricately decorated loafs of sweet bread, and rolls. All these beautiful types of sweet bread are light and puffy, never overly sweet.

Covered Topics

  • About all-purpose flour
  • The science of gluten, how to make it stronger or weaker
  • How to make 50% hydration dough for enriched bread with tender crumb
  • How to shape and bake layered buns, rolls, and braided or open pies

Cooking Class Menu Options (choose one)

  1. Layered Poppy Seed Buns OR Makivnyk (Poppy Seed Roll)
  2. Decorated Korovai
  3. Kefir Cheese Easter Bread
  4. Braided Pie with Seasonal Fruit
  5. Open Pie with Smoked Plumcots, Bacon, and Brie

Drinks. If you’d like to enjoy your pies with your favorite drinks, you are welcome to bring your own. Still water, hot coffee, and tea will be available.

Appearance. We will eat collectively cooked food. Please make sure your nails are well groomed and clean. If you have long hair, tie it back or cover it.

Have comfortable clothes and shoes. I’ll provide you with an apron.

Please, let me know if you have any food or kitchen chemicals allergies.

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