Piroggen or Pierogi is usually a dumpling made of stuffed dough, which is first boiled and then fried or baked. It has a number of synonyms and is served in variety of forms and tastes in different cuisines. I stuck with the name given in my Turkish cookbook :). Germany is famous for its variety of breads, cakes and baked goodies, which are often sweet. You would find it sometimes boring to have "sweet-only" Potluck parties, especially when having an Indian background and India prides itself for its spices and savory cuisines. I decided to bake them to one such Party and believe me, this Piroggen was a big hit among my friend's circle ! Here, the pastry is only baked and is quite simple to make, melt in the mouth. I am sure you would enjoy these warm Piroggen with a cup of tea on a cold winter evening.
Ingredients for about 30 Piroggen
Butter - 150 gms
Olive oil - 75 ml
All purpose flour - 275 gms
Egg - 1
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Goat cheese - 140 gms
Parsley - 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
Egg yellow - 1 (for egg wash)
1. Combine and mix butter, oil, flour, yogurt, egg, baking powder, salt in a large bowl. Cover the dough with a foil and refrigerate for about an hour.
2. Mix the goat cheese with the parsley separately.
3. Take out the dough and form 30 balls. Stuff a tablespoon of the cheese-parsley filling inside each and cover the dough from all sides and roll into oval shapes or semi circular.
4. Place them in a baking tray and make the egg wash using the yolk. Sprinkle some sesame seeds for decor.
5. Preheat the oven to 180 °C and bake the Piroggen for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Serve warm.
Note : If you are a non-veggie, try the ground meat and onions filling instead !