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There is no Ukraine without willow and viburnum! As well as without fragrant and healthy pies with viburnum. Our ancestors knew about the healing properties of this berry and used it not only in medicine but also as a delicious filling for pies.

The main secret of the Ukrainian housewives was the specific timing of collecting viburnum. It was collected after the first frosts, because it is due to the cold that the characteristic bitterness disappears from the berry. The ancient recipe for pies with viburnum is almost never used today. And it's a pity! After all, viburnum contains a huge amount of vitamin C, which has an immunostimulatory and antiviral effect on the body.


Here's what you need to make viburnum pies:

  • premium wheat flour — 800 grams for dough and 30-50 grams for filling;
  • dry yeast — 1 package (15 grams);
  • milk — 500 ml;
  • sugar — 40-60 grams for the dough (2-3 tablespoons) and 100 grams for the filling (half a cup);
  • eggs — 2 pieces;
  • vegetable oil — 80 ml (⅓ cup);
  • salt — 1 teaspoon;
  • viburnum — 2 cups.

The cooking process

  1. Start cooking with the dough. Heat the milk to keep it warm and pour it into a deep bowl. Add dry yeast, eggs, salt, sugar and mix thoroughly with a whisk until smooth. Then slowly pour the oil into the dough. Do not forget to constantly stir everything with a whisk.
  2. Now gradually add the flour. Knead the dough with a wooden spatula or your hands. Cover the finished dough with cling film so that it does not air out. Wrap the bowl in a towel or blanket and place in a warm place,  e.g. close to the heating, for 40 minutes. If the room is cool, the dough can be placed in a preheated oven.
  3. While the dough is getting ready, start making the filling. Place the washed viburnum on a roaster, add a little bit of water and put in the oven for 40 minutes.
  4. Put the prepared viburnum on a sieve to get excess juice. By the way, it is very healthy, so we recommend drinking it. Then add flour and sugar to the filling, mix thoroughly.
  5. Now it remains only to form pies! Roll out the dough into a long bundle and cut into equal pieces. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. And after that you can form pies. The main thing is to firmly pinch the edges so that the filling does not leak. Place the finished pies on a baking sheet greased with oil and cover with a linen towel. Let the dough get ready for a little more time.
  6. Meanwhile, turn on the oven at 180-200 °C. When it warms up, grease the cakes with egg yolk and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Viburnum pies taste best with fragrant Carpathian tea. Bon appetit!

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