Wow, it’s been such a long time since the last time I had pirozhki.
I was probably 8?
My mother used to make them when I was little.
I almost forgot about its existence until recently I happened to see someone’s picture of pirozhki.
It’s a kind of Russian (if I’m not mistaken) bread stuffed with vegetables, meat, eggs, or jam.
I think my mother learned how to make it when she was taking bread-baking classes (she used to take so many different classes when I was little, and she was always so good at everything!).
It’s not a hugely popular bread in Japan, but many people do know about it.
Unfortunately it’s not known well at all in the U.S.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard pirozhki since I came to the U.S.
My mother deep-fried her pirozhki, but I recently learned (when I did a little research about this bread) that in Russia fried and baked versions are both equally popular.
So I decided to bake mine.
My mother used to stuff her pirozhki heavily with meat and some vegetables, but I decided to go with all veggies (garlic, onion, cabbage) and spices (caraway and coriander).
This turned out great!
The bread is soft and the simple filling was very flavorful.