Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pagach - Slovak Cabbage Bread

Today it was time to look around my fridge and use up the vegetable leftovers. So it was time for Mr. Cabbage. I googled some cabbage bread recipes and found Pagach - Slovak Cabbage Bread. Well it was the first time I heard about this bread, I but do know some recipes of cabbage cookies or pancakes that are popular in Baltic region. So why not to try!!! Anyway, I remember spending a few day in Slovakia and in its beautiful mountains. A really beautiful country and really tasty Pagach!!! :) I made a vegetarian version, but I believe it would taste really good if you sauteed cabbage with ham... or mushrooms... 

What we need:

for the dough:

2,5 glasses of flour (1 glass - 220ml)

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons of dry yeast

100 ml warm water

1 tea spoon of sugar

2 tbsp of oil or melted butter

1 tbsp of yoghurt

1 egg ( optional -  I decided not to use it)

1 teaspoon of ground dried rosemary ( optional)

for the filling:

2 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp of oil or butter

1 small shreded cabbage

salt and pepper

1 tbsp of red wine vinegar

What we have to do:

1. Mix yeast with salt and sugar and warm water. Leave it for 30 min until activates. Take flour, add oil and yoghurt, rosemary, and yeast. Mix it and knead for 10 min. Leave it to rest for 1 hour.

2. Chop the cabbage, preheat the pan, put oil and garlic. When garlic turns light brown, add cabbage and 10 min later add vinegar. Fry for 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Take a piece of dough, make a round shape and add the filling, bend the dough. Brush with oil and leave for 10-15 min in a warm place. ( I also sprinkles some fresh rosemary on the top)

4. Preheat the oven until 200C and bake the Pagach until brown for about 20 min. Enjoy!!!