“Why are you baking babka now?” my mom asked. It’s a few days into Lent so Lenten babka threw her. Babka is an Easter bread, and I wanted to bake it and post a recipe for #CookForUkraine.
There aren’t words that can describe the invasion of Ukraine. #CookForUkraine aims to increase awareness of the humanitarian crisis the world faces right now, as well as raise the funds needed to aid children & families in Ukraine who have been displaced by the current situation.
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Ukrainian food at Easter is just a polar opposite of the Sviatia vecheria – Christmas Eve menu. Christmas Eve is about meatless and largely dairy-free dishes. Easter is the opposite: a lot of pork plus dairy.
They’re Christian holidays but have roots in pagan traditions. Easter is a celebration of spring and family.
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Now that we’ve made pyzirhky (or perishke) with farm cheese, potato and dill filling, this is a sweet option for the baked perishke [pear-eesh-keh]. This needs the dough for pyzirhky. If you’re making both sweet and savory at the same time, just double that dough recipe.
The Instant Pot makes this filling basically the easiest thing ever. Throw everything into the Instant Pot while the dough rises and you’re done!
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Pyrizhky were one of my grandfather’s favourites. He loved the portability of these tiny buns with cheese, potato, onion and dill filling. And, he’d advise me to keep a few in my pockets to have a snack at hand later. Sound advice.
This recipe will take you from the dough through filling then shaping and baking. These are delicious – even better with a creamy dill sauce poured over top. Pyrizhky freeze well. The Instant Pot makes the dough rising more reliable but admittedly not faster.
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Springing forward, it’s time to start making more spring and Easter foods. Here’s a great filling for varenyky or pyrizhky. Pyrizhky? It’s a bread-based dumpling-bun.
This recipe uses the easy dry curd cottage cheese I made. The filling is full of spring green onions and fresh dill.
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Pampushky are a traditional Christmas dessert. Starting with a bread dough, they are deliciously filled with poppy seeds and dried fruit and deep fried. My grandmother used to make prune pampushky. But, here I’m making poppy seed and raisin filling.
It’s a recipe that only uses the Instant Pot for the rising for the yeast dough. You can also put the dough in a warm place – like an oven. But, this is not a quick recipe.
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