Submitted by : Russian Recipe Book
Duration : 90min
Serve : 15
1 cup of plain yogurt (Greek yogurt works well) or just sour milk
1/2 cup milk
3 cups rye flour
1½ cups all-Purpose wheat flour
8 large potatoes – use golden potatoes for a richer color (but not sweet potatoes).
4 Tbs. Butter
1 tsp. salt or to taste
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup Sour Cream
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. or more salt
4 Tbs. butter for greasing the baking sheet and brushing on the finished kalitki.
- Boil the potatoes unpeeled. While the potatoes are boiling, make the dough.
- Mix the yogurt, milk, and enough rye and wheat flour (but keep the correct rye to wheat ratio) to make dough that doesn’t stick to fingers or the walls of the container. Note that salt is not typically used in kalitki dough although you can add some if you absolutely cannot live without it.
- Roll the dough into a ball, cover it, and let stand while you work on the filling.
- Test potatoes with a fork to make sure they are soft enough for mashing. When they are ready, pour off water and let them cool to touch.
- Peel the boiled potatoes and remove any dark areas and other imperfections.
- Mash the potatoes.
- Add butter, salt to taste, and mix well
- Add the eggs and egg whites (save two egg yolks), and whip into a smooth paste. Add enough sour cream to make the mashed potato paste spreadable. Be sure the mashed potatoes are not too hot or they’ll cook the eggs when you add them.
- Prepare top coating: lightly whip the sour cream with egg yolks and salt. You can use more salt than ½ tsp. if you prefer. Beware of salmonella if you taste anything with raw eggs in it.
- Turn on the oven and set it to 425°F
- Grease baking sheets with butter.
- Melt some butter for brushing on cooked kalitki
- On a surface well dusted with wheat flour, roll out the dough into a sausage about 2 inches thick and then slice it into pieces 1 inch in thickness. Make the pieces larger or smaller depending on the size of the kalitki you want.
- On a surface well dusted with wheat flour, roll out individual pieces into round, oval, or square sheets about 1/10 inch thick. You don’t need to be perfect: it’s home-style food. If your shells tear easily and you are ending up with holes and ragged edges, your dough may not have enough wheat flour. You should be able to roll the dough into thin sheets without huge effort or making holes.
- Stack the shells you’ve just made. Be sure both sides are coated with enough flour they don’t stick together while waiting for their turn to be filled.
- Evenly spread a layer of mashed potato filling, about ½ inch thick, on top of each shell leaving off about an inch around the edges.
- Fold the edges over the filling making a square box (open in the center), or pleat them – see the pictures.
- Carefully transfer kalitki to the baking sheet and arrange them leaving some space between the individual pieces.
- Generously coat the filling that is not covered by the dough with the sour cream/egg yolk mix. For a better look, stay away from the folded edges of the shell. Just coat the top of the filling and don’t let the coating drip off the sides.
- Bake your kalitki at 425°F for about 20-25 minutes until you start seeing brown patches on the top.
- Remove from oven and transfer onto a cooling rack
- Brush melted butter onto the sides and folded edges of the shells (but not the top of the filling – don’t disturb it)
- Let stand for about 10 minutes and serve warm
Traditionally kalitki are served with milk. You can even dip them in milk especially if you didn’t follow the instructions and ended up with a crust that is too tough and thick.