A Vatrushka is a Russian/Ukrainian cheese bun that is filled with a filling on the outside. Vatrushki are sweet pastries made with a yeast dough and filled with cheese filling. They are my absolute favourite childhood treat.
Plump, sweet, fragrant vatrushkas are a perfect fit for your holiday table as well as your daily cup of tea. When the cheese filling is sweetened, raisins or dry/fresh fruits can be added to create a more interesting flavor.
250 ml OR 1 Cup of milk
250 gr OR 2.5 cups of plain flour
50 gr OR 1/2 stick of melted butter
100 gr OR 1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp of sour cream
7 gr 1 pack of dry fast action yeast
2 tsp of oil
0.5 tsp of salt
For the filling :
250 gr of farmers cheese/ tvorog - dry cottage cheese / ricotta cheese
250 gr of cream cheese
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp of sugar
1-2 tbsp of flour
raisins ( optional)
Step 1 : Add your fast action dry yeast into luke warm milk with sugar and mix through. Set aside for 15 min so yeast starts to activate.
Step 2 : Into a large bowl, add your milk and yeast mixture, eggs, melted butter, sour cream and half the flour. Mix the dough and then add the rest of the flour with salt. Add flour onto your working surface, you have to kneed the dough for a little bit. If its too wet, add a bit more flour. Place the dough back into the bowl, but make sure you add a bit of oil into the bowl. Cover with towel and leave to raise and double in size for an hour or more. This depends on your kitchen and how warm it is.
Step 3 : Whisk cream cheese, cottage cheese, egg, vanilla, sugar and flour together for the filling. Optionally, you can add raisins to the filling. I used half and half.
Step 4 : Once your dough has risen, place in onto the floured surface, pinch a small ball and roll into a nice flat shape. Place them onto your baking sheet. Using a cup press unto each dough to create a whole in the middle. Fill each hollow with a filling. Leave to raise for another 30 min.
Step 5 : Coat your dough with egg wash all around.
Step 6 : Bake in preheated oven at 180 C/ 350F for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy hot or cold with tea or coffee.
Watch the full video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbDFk-CpprI&index=4&list=PLNc1nYNd_jcJIAfB7TrxDCXMFZuuZXYRO