World Food Challenge

Day 95: Latvia and (Speķa) Pīrāgi

Good evening, Raffies!

Today we are going to Latvia and enjoying some traditional pies. I have good memories of this lovely country and its delightful people.

Pīrāgi is a traditional treat that is served to celebrations. So, we decided to celebrate the lovely summery weather and the shining sun today.

As for the recipe, I followed the lovely Liva on Latvian Eats, who explained the procedure in detail. As for the pies, they were amazing and I even drank some of my Riga Black Balsam, which I have been hoarding jealously. I guess it is time to pay another visit to Latvia 🙂

Ingredients:

For the dough

500 g flour

250 ml milk

65 ml cream

50 g sugar

65 g butter

2 tsp dry yeast

65 g sour cream

1 egg, whisked

salt

For the filling

250 g bacon, cubed

1 onion, minced

salt

pepper

1 egg to brush

In a pot, mix the milk, the cream, the butter and the sugar. Heat for a few minutes. It should feel warm, but not hot upon touching. Do not bring to a boil!

In a bowl, mix the milk/cream with yeast, flour, egg, one or two spoons of salt and work until you have a nice and smooth dough. Cover it with a towel and leave to rest for one or two hours.

In a bowl, mix the bacon and the onion, add some freshly ground pepper.

On a floured surface, quarter the dough and roll it out to 5 mm. Using a glass, cut out round shapes. Put about 1 tsp of filling in the circles and close them by folding them into half moons. Continue with the remaining dough. Brush the finished pīrāgs with some egg.

Bake at 180º C for 15 minutes until golden brown.

If you would like to, you can make pīrāgs with sauerkraut or mushrooms, too.

Love,

Raffi

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