Ukrainian Hand Pies (Prizhky) With Apples

March 1, 2022

A plate of Ukrainian hand pies.I want to share with you a recipe of my family's favorite meal. These Ukrainian hand pies are called pyrizhky or pirozhki or piroshky. They are made from yeast dough, stuffed with apples and fried to golden color. The pyrizhky also can have other fillings, such as mashed potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, ground meat, jam, and others.


Prep Time: 30 Minutes + time for dough to rise

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 2 Hours

Yield: 8


  • Dough
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) compressed fresh yeast
  • 1 cup warm boiled water
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 kg (8 cups) sifted flour
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Filling
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • 6-7 apples


  1. Mash fresh yeast with a fork.
  2. Mashing the fresh yeast with a fork.
  3. Add sugar, 100 ml warm water and 3 Tbsp flour. Stir well.
  4. Mixing the yeast with water.
  5. Cover the bowl with film and leave in a warm place for 15 minutes until the yeast activates.
  6. Covering the yeast.
  7. Pour the sifted flour on a table or on a board. Stir the flour with salt.
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  9. Form a well in the flour.
  10. Add eggs to the well and mix with flour.
  11. Adding eggs to flour.
  12. Add yeast to the well and mix with flour.
  13. Adding yeast to the flour mixture.
  14. Gradually add warm water and milk to the well, stir with flour.
  15. The mixed dough.
  16. Knead the dough. It should be smooth.
  17. A ball of dough.
  18. Place the ball of dough into a floured bowl. Cover with film and a warn towel, leave in a warm place for about 1 hour (dough will double in size).
  19. Covering the dough to allow rising.

  20. Once the dough has risen, prepare filling for the first pies. Cut an apple in half, then into quarters. Cut out the middle with the seeds. Cut one quarter of the apple into slices - this is the filling for one hand pie.
  21. A bowl of cut apples.
  22. Cut off a piece of dough, form a ball, flatten it.
  23. Place apple quarter slices in the center of the flattened dough.
  24. Adding apples to the center of the dough.
  25. Sprinkle 1 tsp sugar on top of the apple slices, add some cinnamon.
  26. Adding sugar and spices to the apples.

  27. Pinch the edges of the dough to seal. Make sure the sealed crimps are on the flat side. Place it on an oiled surface.
  28. Sealing the hand pies.
  29. Shape 4-5 hand pies for one pan.
  30. Pour vegetable oil in a frying pan and preheat it. Put the hand pies in the pan with the sealed crimps down. Fry them on both and then on all sides until golden brown. While the first hand pies are frying, make the next hand pies.
  31. Making small hand pies from the dough and apples.
    The baked hand pies.
  32. Transfer the cooked hand pies to paper towels to drain excess oil.
    As a result, you will get about 28 hand pies. Serve the hand pies warm or a room temperature. You can sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
    You can refrigerate part of the risen dough and make hand pies the next day.
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March 3, 20220 found this helpful

what is seeded flour?

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March 4, 20220 found this helpful

The Mennonites, who settled for a time in the Ukraine (then known as Russia) by invitation of Catherine the Great to work the land, brought this recipe with them to the U.S. Similarly, a favorite of theirs is Verenika (often cheese filled) and still a popular dish.

My great-grandparents were among those who came to America in the early 1890s and settled in Kansas, and were among those who brought the Turkey Red Wheat seed to the frontier (the cheapest land), which then eventually became the Wheat Belt. For info, see

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March 4, 20220 found this helpful

What is "seeded flour"? In the US we have flour from wheat as a rule. But how do I find seeded flour?

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March 5, 20220 found this helpful

sifted flour :-)

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