December 13, 2017

Farmer’s Cheese Sweet Rolls (pirozhki)

Farmer’s Cheese Sweet Rolls: fluffy, light as a feather, melt-in-your-mouth dessert, filled with homemade farmer’s cheese.

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These Farmer’s Cheese Sweet Rolls are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! That’s the first word that comes to my mind when I think about these. Dough is light as a feather, so fluffy and just melts in your mouth. Oh and that homemade farmer’s cheese filling…oooooo yummy!

I take out eggs and butter to warm up overnight, set the dough into bread machine early morning and go back to bed. Couple hours later, I wake up, roll them, fill them, bake them and eat them for my late breakfast. The secret to that fluffy, feather-like dough is to let the dough rest in the dough cycle and before the oven; give it time, don’t rush. My mom suggested to pre-heat the oven and keep oven doors open to let the extra heat into the room. I even like to pump up our home heater to keep the house warm while I make these. This recipe likes warmth, and there’s nothing I can do about it, but enjoy 😀

Farmer’s Cheese Sweet Rolls (pirozhki):

  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (about 1 envelope)
  • 6 tablespoons + 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup warm milk (2% or whole)
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg for egg wash
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter – room temp
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill – might need up to 1/2 cup more)

Farmer’s Cheese Filling Ingredients:

  • 3 cups farmer’s cheese (crumbled into cup)
  • 2 oz cream cheese (I used Philadelphia)
  • 2 tablespoons cool whip
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

How to Make Farmer’s Cheese Sweet Rolls:

1. In a small bowl or a measuring cup, add and microwave if needed 1/3 cup water (must be very warm, but not hot). Sprinkle in 1/4 tsp sugar and 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast; stir gently to combine. Cover with paper towel and set aside to rest until foamy, about 10 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, combine 5 tbsps unsalted room temp butter, 6 tbsps sugar and 1 tsp salt. Stir and press down together with spatula. Microwave 1 1/3 cup milk (30-40 seconds), whisk in 1 large egg into the milk. Then, add the milk mixture and the yeast mixture to the bowl with butter and whisk everything together to combine. You’ll have lots little butter lumps – don’t worry about it, bread machine will do its magic!

3. In a bread machine bowl, place 4 cups all-purpose flour. Pour the liquid mixture over the flour. Set machine cycle to dough. My machine takes 2 hrs and 20 mins to mix and rise. (Check if dough needs more flour when it starts mixing – usually I add 1/4 cup, maximum 1/2 cup).

IF YOU DON’T HAVE BREAD MACHINE: Complete step 2 above and gradually add in flour, mixing well after each addition; use your hands to fully knead the dough. Transfer dough to a large greased bowl, cover with clean kitchen cloth and place in a warm, draft-free area for about 2 hours until the dough is doubled in size.

To Make the Cheese Filling:

4. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups farmer’s cheese, 2 oz cream cheese, 2 tbsps cool whip, 6 tbsps sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Mix well with hands to fully combine all the flavors.

5. Lightly grease 4 baking sheets and set aside. Transfer the dough from a bread machine onto a floured surface. Punch dough down to release air bubbles. Divide dough into 4 similar-to-equal balls. Work with 1 piece at a time.

Roll first dough ball into a 13-14” circle (like you’d do for pizza). Slice the dough with a pizza cutter into 16 similar-to-equal wedges. Spoon farmer’s cheese filling onto the wider end of each wedge and lightly press down. Roll each wedge up starting at the wider end. Place rolls onto a greased baking sheet 1” apart, pointed tip tucked under.

Repeat for the 3 remaining dough balls, using 1 baking sheet for 1 dough ball (16 rolls per baking sheet). Cover rolls with clean kitchen cloths and place in a warm, draft-free area until rolls are doubled in size for about 1 hour.

6. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk 1 large egg with a fork and set aside along with a brush. Bake 1 baking sheet of rolls at a time for 10-11 mins, until rolls are dark golden on top. As soon as the rolls are finished baking, lightly brush egg wash on rolls while they are still hot in order for the egg wash to dry. (In this recipe, I don’t apply egg wash before the oven so they don’t over-brown). Enjoy while still hot and fresh. Cover with plastic food wrap to keep them light as feather the next day as well! Enjoy!!!

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Farmer’s Cheese Sweet Rolls (pirozhki)

5 from 5 votes
Servings: 64 rolls
Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 41 minutes
Farmer's Cheese Sweet Rolls: fluffy, light as a feather, melt-in-your-mouth dessert.

Ingredients

DOUGH INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast about 1 envelope
  • 6 tablespoons + 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup warm milk 2% or whole
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg for egg wash
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter – room temp
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour I use Bob’s Red Mill – might need up to 1/2 cup more

CHEESE FILLING INGREDIENTS:

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl or a measuring cup, add and microwave if needed 1/3 cup water (must be very warm, but not hot). Sprinkle in 1/4 tsp sugar and 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast; stir gently to combine. Cover with paper towel and set aside to rest until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 5 tbsps unsalted room temp butter, 6 tbsps sugar and 1 tsp salt. Stir and press down together with spatula. Microwave 1 1/3 cup milk (30-40 seconds), whisk in 1 large egg into the milk. Then, add the milk mixture and the yeast mixture to the bowl with butter and whisk everything together to combine. You’ll have lots little butter lumps – don’t worry about it, bread machine will do its magic!
  3. In a bread machine bowl, place 4 cups all-purpose flour. Pour the liquid mixture over the flour. Set machine cycle to dough. My machine takes 2 hrs and 20 mins to mix and rise. (Check if dough needs more flour when it starts mixing – usually I add 1/4 cup, maximum 1/2 cup). <B>IF YOU DON’T HAVE BREAD MACHINE: Complete step 2 above and gradually add in flour, mixing well after each addition; use your hands to fully knead the dough. Transfer dough to a large greased bowl, cover with clean kitchen cloth and place in a warm, draft-free area for about 2 hours until the dough is doubled in size.
  4. MAKE CHEESE FILLING, WHILE DOUGH RISING: In a large bowl, combine 3 cups farmer’s cheese, 2 oz cream cheese, 2 tbsps cool whip, 6 tbsps sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Mix well with hands to fully combine all the flavors.
  5. Lightly grease 4 baking sheets and set aside. Transfer the dough from a bread machine onto a floured surface. Punch dough down to release air bubbles. Divide dough into 4 similar-to-equal balls. Work with 1 piece at a time. Roll first dough ball into a 13-14” circle (like you’d do for pizza). Slice the dough with a pizza cutter into 16 similar-to-equal wedges. Spoon farmer’s cheese filling onto the wider end of each wedge and lightly press down. Roll each wedge up starting at the wider end. Place rolls onto a greased baking sheet 1” apart, pointed tip tucked under. Repeat for the 3 remaining dough balls, using 1 baking sheet for 1 dough ball (16 rolls per baking sheet). Cover rolls with clean kitchen cloths and place in a warm, draft-free area until rolls are doubled in size for about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk 1 large egg with a fork and set aside along with a brush. Bake 1 baking sheet of rolls at a time for 10-11 mins, until rolls are dark golden on top. As soon as the rolls are finished baking, lightly brush egg wash on rolls while they are still hot in order for the egg wash to dry. (In this recipe, I don’t apply egg wash before the oven so they don’t over-brown). Enjoy while still hot and fresh. Cover with plastic food wrap to keep them light as feather the next day as well! Enjoy!!!

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Dough recipe was adapted from DivasCanCook.

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  • Clara

    These turned out so well and so delicious. The texture is amazing, the filling is delicious. I added some raisins to the cheese since we like raisins and they were just WOW!!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Clara! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

  • Vika

    We made these rolls for Thanksgiving and they were gone in seconds. I don’t think I ever tasted sweet rolls this delicious or so fluffy. Next time I will be doubling the recipe since one is obviously not enough 🙂

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Aww, thank you Vika! I’m so happy to hear these were a hit 🙂

  • Edie

    These are magnificent! Fluffy, light and the cheesy filling are incredible. Saving this recipe.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Jessica, I haven’t because in my family we are not big fans of poppy seed, but one of my friends did my recipe with poppy seed filling and she loved it. Any filling that’s on the dry side – will work, I just never worked with poppy seed so I’m not even sure how to to prepare it to share it. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Anna

    These turned out DELICIOUS!!! Will be my go to recipes for sweet buns:) Thanks for the recipe!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Anna! ? This is my favorite lately too? In the past I used a different (childhood) recipe for sweet rolls but now this one is a winner!

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