Polish Rice Bread (Pirog)

    1 hour 10 min

    This is a traditional Polish yeast bread that's made with flour and sweetened cooked rice. It's flavoured with vanilla and cinnamon. It's not hard to make and it tastes delicious.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 1 tablespoon dried active baking yeast
    • 4 tablespoons warm water (45 C)
    • 225ml (8 fl oz) milk
    • 100g (3¾ oz) caster sugar
    • 100g (3¾ oz) butter
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 dessertspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch salt
    • 550g (1 lb 5 oz) plain flour
    • 100g (3¾ oz) sultanas
    • 475ml (17 fl oz) cold milk
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • pinch salt
    • 175g (6 oz) white rice
    • 15g (1/2 oz) butter
    • 30g (1 oz) butter, melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Dissolve yeast in warm water; set aside.
    2. Scald 225ml milk, and combine with 100g sugar and 100g butter. Set aside to cool.
    3. Add eggs, vanilla and pinch of salt to cooled milk mixture. Mix together. Add yeast mixture. Gradually add flour and sultanas until dough comes away from the bowl. Knead the dough until pliable. Avoid handling the dough more than necessary! Place dough in a well oiled bowl. Set aside to rise until doubled in size in a draught free area.
    4. Combine 475ml cold milk, remaining sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Stir in rice and bring to the boil. Add 15g butter. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 20 minutes until done. Set aside to cool.
    5. Punch down the dough, and knead a couple of times. Place into the centre of a lightly greased and floured casserole or deep sided cake tin. Spread dough by patting gently to all sides. Let rise for 15 minutes.
    6. Spread rice mixture on top of dough and pull sides up gently to form an envelope design. Rice will show in centre. Brush the top lightly with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.
    7. Place in a preheated 190 C / Gas mark 5 oven for 10 minutes. Lower temperature to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

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    Lovely toasted with butter! Will make again. If lazy you could always use a tin of ready made rice pud!  -  19 Mar 2010


    I searched for this recipe for years. I remember my grandmum making this on the holidays. This is an excellent easy recipe and TASTES GREAT!  -  14 Jul 2008


    Don't let this bread fool you -- it's not too hard to do, and it is delicious.  -  14 Jul 2008