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a bowl of poppy seed piroshky

Russian Sweet Piroshky (with Poppy Seeds)

These sweet piroshky, or "piroshki", are deep-fried and filled with a luscious poppy seed filling. A true Russian classic!
Course Pastries
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword donut recipe, russian donuts, sweet piroshky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 50 Piroshky
Calories 106kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin




  • In a small bowl, combine yeast with half a cup of warm milk and one tablespoon of sugar. Let the ingredients rest on the counter for 10 minutes.
    frothed yeast in a bowl
  • By hand or using a stand mixer, combine eggs with milk, salt, sugar, oil, vanilla, and sour cream.
    liquids and eggs in a mixing bowl
  • Add yeast mixture and one cup of flour into the egg mixture. Whisk to combine and cover with a towel. Set aside to rest in a warm place for an hour.
    Liquids, flour and yeast mixture in a mixing bowl
  • Using your hands or a stand mixer, mix in the remaining flour in by thirds.
    Kneaded dough in a mixing bowl
  • Knead the dough until it turns elastic (at least 10 minutes).
    Dough in a mixing bowl
  • Let dough rise for an hour.
    Rised dough in a mixing bowl
  • With lightly oiled hands, making small balls out of the dough, flatten out a dough ball with your fingers and place a dollop of poppy seed filling inside.
    Poppyseed filling on a piece of dough
  • Fold over the sides and pinch the edges together to seal the dough. 
    Pinched dough into a ball
  • Fill a deep skillet with 2-3 cups of canola or vegetable oil and set to medium/low heat. Flipping periodically with a fork, fry the piroshky until they turn golden brown all over.
    Russian Sweet Piroshky frying in oil in a pot
  • Lay piroshky on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil. Serve warm and enjoy!
    cooked piroshky in a bowl


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg