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Ukrainian Potato Pie

Ukrainian Potato Pie

A traditional western Ukrainian savoury pie filled with a potato and buckwheat filling.
Servings 8



  • 1 cup milk lukewarm (I used oat milk)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 egg yolks whisked
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • sesame seeds and caraway seeds


  • ¾ cup buckwheat
  • 2 large potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion or shallot thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chives diced
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • The first step is to make the dough. This dough is reminiscent of a pretzel dough mixed with a water crust pastry. It's chewy and also slightly sweet. In a large bowl, mix the yeast with the sugar and milk and leave it until it foams (10 minutes).
  • Then, add your egg yolks, oil and then dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • The dough should then be kneaded on a floured surface for roughly 10 minutes, to build the gluten. Rest the dough in a covered bowl for 2-3 hours, or doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, you make your filling. First, peel and chop two large potatoes and boil them until soft. Mash the potatoes with 1 tbsp. butter and put to one side.
  • In a small sauce pan, bring your buckwheat to boil in 1 1/2 cups water. Once at a boil, reduce the heat to minimum and cover; simmer for 12 minutes.
  • In a frying pan, add 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp. oil and sliced shallot (or onion). Cook the shallot until crispy.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the potato, buckwheat, and crispy onions. Fold in 1/4 cup chopped chives and season with salt and pepper.
  • Once your dough has risen, gently punch it down. Roll out the dough in a large circle on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Place your cooled filling in the centre of your dough and then fold up the edges. You should have a fat disc around 8 inches in diameter.
  • Oil a springform pan and put your dough parcel in the pan seam-side down. Brush the top of the pie with an egg wash and sprinkle with sesame and caraway seeds. Poke a few holes for steam.
  •  Bake your pie in a 180°C oven for approximately 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes before slicing.
Keyword Buckwheat, Pie, Potato, Ukrainian