One of my favorite Ukrainian desserts! My cranberry apple piroshki are so delicious, with a tart and fruity apple filling wrapped in a fluffy yeast dough! Piroshki are Eastern European hand pies and can be found with just about any type of filling, both sweet and savory! This sweet piroshki recipe is near and dear to my heart – I used to make these with mom every fall! Traditional apple piroshki don’t have cranberries but I think they’re an excellent addition! You can find more piroshki recipes in my Ukrainian cookbook, Beyond Borscht!
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What are Piroshki?
Piroshki are the Eastern European equivalent of hand pies! They are super popular as a snack food and food to go. You’ll find them with both sweet and savory fillings, filled with just about anything! Some popular savory piroshki fillings are ground meat, sausage, fish, cabbage, mashed potatoes or peas, cheese and more! Sweet piroshki can be found with cherries, apples, sweetened farmer’s cheese and berries.
They can also be prepared in several different ways! Most savory piroshki are deep fried and have a crispy outside. You’ll find that most sweet piroshki are baked and have a softer texture. They also come in different shapes and sizes! Whichever one you choose, you’re bound to fall in love with this traditional Eastern European food!
Soft Yeast Dough
These cranberry apple piroshki start with a soft and delicious yeast dough. I use this yeast dough for all my piroshki recipes! It’s made simply with milk, sugar, dry yeast, salt, butter, egg and flour. The most important step in making yeast dough is preparing the yeast. The milk needs to be just lukewarm and no hotter than 130F, otherwise the yeast bacteria will die and the dough will remain flat. Proof the yeast in the milk, then mix in the remaining ingredients. The dough needs to stay very soft and almost sticky. Knead the dough for 4 to 5 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic!
Cranberry Apple Filling
You’ll love the sweet and tart flavor of the cranberry apple filling! Plus, it’s super easy to make! You’ll need to core, peel and dice about 4 large apples. I love to use Granny Smith but just about any variety will work. Combine the apples together with cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch. The cornstarch will help thicken the filling, so the juices don’t run out. Cook the filling over medium heat until the apples are soft, about 15 minutes. Allow the filling to cool before filling the piroshki!
Enjoyed this delicious recipe for piroshki? Check out some of my other Eastern European recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Meat & Cheese Piroshki – these savory piroshki are filled with ground beef, cheese and dill! Enjoy them baked or deep fried!
- Torte Napoleon – one of the most famous Russian cake recipes! This layered buttery cake is filled with creamy vanilla custard!
- Peach Zefir – zefir is the Russian equivalent to marshmallow but so much better! It’s super light, fluffy and fruity!
- Nalesniki – these classic crepes filled with cheese can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner! So easy to make and delicious!
- Russian Easter Bread (Kulich) – the most delicious, rich, buttery and flake sweet bread for Easter, with royal icing!
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