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Piragi (Latvian Style)

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Piragi (Latvian Style)

Light little buns with bacon and onion baked inside.

Yield: Makes 5-6 dozen.

Dough:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 ounces shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 to 6 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Instructions

Dissolve yeast in water, melt shortening, and sift together dry ingredients. Combine yeast mixture, buttermilk, shortening, and dry ingredients, and knead well, adding flour until dough is no longer sticky. Let dough rise, covered, in an oiled bowl, and make filling.

Filling:

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds bacon
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten (optional)

Instructions

Dice bacon and onion; fry bacon and drain; separately sauté onion in butter, adding caraway seeds and pepper. Combine onions and bacon.

When dough has doubled, punch down. On a floured board, roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a glass or a cookie cutter 2-1/2 to 3 inches in diameter, cut out circles in the dough. Place 1 teaspoon of filling mixture on each circle. Roll dough around the mixture in a crescent shape and place creased-side down on a greased pan. Brush with beaten egg if desired. Bake at 375 degrees F about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
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