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Apple Bulochki

Apple bulochki are a popular Slavic dessert made with a sweet yeast dough. They are tender, pillowy soft and not too sweet.

Ingredients

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  • 2/3 cup warm milk (105115 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 2 teaspoons  dry yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup or 8 Tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten (for the dough)
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • Apple Filling (about 3 cups of filling)
  • egg wash (1 additional egg plus 1 Tablespoon water or milk)

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk and add about a teaspoon of the sugar that you’ll be adding to the whole dough. Mix it a little and let it stand for about 5 minutes until it foams.
  2. Combine the yeast mixture, the remaining sugar, melted butter and 2 beaten eggs together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the flour and mix the dough in a standing mixer, the bread machine using the dough setting or by hand until the dough comes together.
  4. Cover and let it stand in a warm place to rise until it doubles, for about 1 -1 1/2 hours. I usually tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap, which prevents the dough from drying up, and then wrap it in a heated blanket.
  5. Meanwhile make the Apple Filling, unless you already made it ahead of time.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly brush a rimmed baking sheet with oil.
  7. Take a small portion of dough, press it into a circle in the palm of your hand and place about a Tablespoon or so of filling into the center. Pinch the edges closed and shape the formed bulochka into an oval shape.
  8. Place it seam side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough and the filling. You should have approximately 20-25 bulochki. (I had 22 last time I made them.)
  9. Brush with the egg wash and let them rise for another 30 minutes to an hour, until they double in size.
  10. Bake until golden brown. I would guess about 20-25 minutes. I’ll update it next time I make them.

Notes

Farmer’s Cheese Filling option:

  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups farmer’s cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup granulated sugar (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients together and use to fill the Bulochki.

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