Vatrushka buns are a Russian/Ukrainian dessert with the filling on the outside. I’ll show you how to make these delicious treats for yourself, along with some tips and tricks I learned along the way.
What are Vatrushka Buns?
Vatrushka buns are similar to a danish. They’re made with a sweet yeast dough. The buns have a well in the middle where the filling is placed. They are usually filled with Farmer’s Cheese, or Quark. Most of them are about 5 inches from one side to the other – which is the perfect size for a comforting snack.
Are Vatrushka Buns The Same as Pirozhki?
One of the most popular Eastern European sweets are Pirozhki. And lots of people call Vatrushka buns Pirozhki. Vatrushkas are one of the many types of Pirozhkis. In fact, in different regions of Eastern Europe you’ll find all sorts of different fillings inside of them.
A lot of people in Eastern Europe have memories wrapped around a pastry like this. Sometimes it’s the smell of the dough as it bakes in the oven, or the taste of the sweet cheese as it melts in their mouths.
Bake this just one time and you’ll see what I mean. You’ll be hooked!
Vatrushka Filling Options
This Vatrushka recipe is made with farmer’s cheese, you can find the recipe for Farmer’s Cheese, here. Here are some common filling options:
- Cream cheese with different berries
- Farmer’s cheese with or without raisins
Can you freeze Vatrushka?
Yes, you can freeze these buns. To freeze them, make sure they’re fully baked first. Let them cool completely. Then, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and put them in a zippered freezer bag.
They’ll stay in a freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, just take them out and put them in the refrigerator overnight.
Other Pirozhki Recipes to Try
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- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp yeast
- 2 cup warm milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp oil
- 5 cup flour (depending on the flour brand, you may need to add more)
- 16 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 16 oz farmers cheese (cottage cheese can be a replacement)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup golden raisins optional
- 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's important to add oil last, as the texture of the dough turns out better. Knead the dough until it's elastic, at least for 10 minutes. Let the dough rise for about an hour.
- Cut the 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 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.