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Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Pīrāgi (or pīrādziņi) are oblong or crescent-shaped Latvian bread rolls that are often filled with chopped bacon and onion.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Latvian
Servings: 20 pīrāgi
Author: Betty Davies
For the filling
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 10 oz. bacon , finely diced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
For the dough
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
For the glaze
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 2 teaspoons milk (or water)
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  1. Mix onions and bacon and season with pepper and salt.
  1. Heat the milk. Pour into a bowl, then add butter, salt, and sugar. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Dilute the yeast and sugar in ¼ cup (50ml) of warm water. When it starts to foam, add it to the milk mixture. Then, add the beaten egg.

  3. Add the flour and the sour cream, and beat until obtaining a smooth dough.
  4. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Turn the dough onto floured surface. Knead lightly for about 5 minutes.
  5. Put the dough into a greased bowl. Cover bowl and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in volume.
Buns (pīrāgi)
  1. Once the dough has risen, punch it down. Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Prepare a floured surface for making the pīrāgi. Take meat filling out of fridge. Mix together all the glaze ingredients.

  2. Cut off a large piece of the dough. On a floured surface, roll it into a rope about 1½ inch (4cm) in diameter. Cut it into segments of about 1½ inch thick.

  3. Flatten each segment into a small oval or square. Put a teaspoonful of the filling on the top half. Fold the dough over to the bottom part and seal by pinching the edges together.
  4. Place the finished buns, seams underneath, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Let rise in a warm place, until the buns are almost doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Brush them with the glaze.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minute or until golden brown.
  7. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.