Russian Creamcheese Vatrushka Buns   Recipe

A Vatrushka is a Russian/Ukrainian bun that is filled with a filling on the outside. It looks very similar to danish, but the texture of the dough is different. Usually it is made with farmers cheese, but the filling can be replaced with any sweet or savory option.

I had literally made a "test kitchen" at home, for several days. Ran several different recipes of pastry dough, trying to find that perfect one. This dough had a wonderful turn out. Using this dough, there are endless options of pastries to be made, such as poppy seed, farmers cheese roulette, buns filled with jam, etc....

P.S. You can see some of the creations of pastries I have made using this dough on Instagram (momsdish)

Serving size:
30
units
Prep
30 min
Cooking
30 min
Ready in
3 hr
Simple
Challenging

Instructions 

Combine yeast together with two cups of warm milk and one tablespoon of sugar. Let ingredients rest on a counter for about 10 minutes.
Add eggs, mayonnaise, salt and sugar into the mixture, whisking together to combine. Mix in flour using Kitchen aid mixer or a spatula, in small portions. Once the flour is all mixed in, add oil to the mixture. It is important to add oil last, as the texture of the dough turns out better. Knead the dough until it is elastic, at least for 10 minutes. Let dough rise for about an hour.
Cut dough into 30 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a flattened ball. Place them next to each other, leaving enough space for it to rise. Cover with a towel and let the buns rise for about 30 minutes. Press each bun in a the center with a glass cup to form a hollow.
Whisk cream cheese, cottage cheese, egg and sugar together, for filling. Optionally, you can add raisins to the filling. Raisins need to be soaked in hot boiled water before combining with the cheese. Fill each hollow with a filling. Bake in preheated oven at 350F for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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