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December 17, 2008

Michael Jubinsky’s Mushroom Pirozhki

Delicious things are happening up in Lyman, Maine, at Stone Turtle Baking and Cooking School. Michael and Sandy Jubinsky just passed along a warm and tasty turnover recipe, which we are pleased to be passing along to you.

Just in time for some holiday entertaining, these little Russian turnovers, traditionally served hot, make a perfect accompaniment to soup. They also may be served as an appetizer, great with ice-cold vodka!

Pastry Dough
3 3-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups unbleached flour

Early in the day:
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, ½ cup butter and 1½ cups flour until a soft dough forms. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.

–OR–

In a food processor, with the steel blade, combine well-chilled cream cheese and butter with the flour until a soft dough forms. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.

Filling
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
½ pound mushrooms, minced
1 large onion, minced
1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon thyme leaves
2 Tablespoons unbleached flour
¼ cup sour cream

Sauté mushrooms and onions in the butter until tender. Blend in the salt, thyme, and flour. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Chill at least 1 hour.

Assembly
Beat 1 egg yolk with 1 Tablespoon of water. Set aside.

On a floured board, roll out half of the dough into a 15 inch circle, about 1/16 inch thick.  Cut into 2 ¾- inch circles (Roll scraps of dough into a ball and chill).

Place ½ teaspoon filling on one-half of each circle. Brush edges with egg yolk mixture, fold other half over filling. Crimp edges with a floured fork and prick top with the fork to let out steam.

Place on ungreased baking sheets. Cover with plastic wrap and chill to just before serving time.  (Pirozhki can be frozen at this stage.)

Pre-heat oven to 450° F. Uncover Pirozhki and brush with egg yolk mixture. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.

Serve hot.
Makes about 50 Pirozhki.

From the staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.

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