Daria Tsvyek’s “Bukhtas”: Rolls That Will Leave No One Indifferent

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Prepare to be delighted by these “bukhtas”! Their dough is so delicate and fluffy, you’ve never tasted anything like it before. These rolls are sure to win over everyone who tries them!

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Daria Tsvyek's "Bukhtas": Rolls That Will Leave No One Indifferent

Daria Tsvyek was a renowned Ukrainian cook of the last century. While her culinary artistry may be unfamiliar to many today, her book “Sweet Baking” has seen 10 reprints since the 1960s. With a total circulation of over 5 million copies, finding the book nowadays is nearly impossible, as it’s often passed down from mothers to daughters, becoming a cherished family heirloom.

Daria Tsvyek's "Bukhtas": Rolls That Will Leave No One Indifferent


  • 125 ml warm milk (4.2 fl oz)
  • 16 g fresh yeast (0.6 oz)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • all of the starter
  • 50 g melted butter (1.8 oz)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 70 g sugar (2.5 oz)
  • 10 g vanilla sugar (0.35 oz)
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 250 g sifted flour (8.8 oz)

Daria Tsvyek's "Bukhtas": Rolls That Will Leave No One Indifferent

Step-by-step Recipe:

  1. For the starter, take warm milk, dissolve yeast and sugar in it, add flour, and let it rise until foamy.
  2. To the risen starter, add melted butter (warm), well-beaten egg yolks with sugar, a packet of vanilla sugar, and salt.
  3. Mix everything well and add sifted flour (I used exactly the amount specified).
  4. Knead the soft, elastic dough (I kneaded it by hand for 10 minutes). Let it rise for 1 hour, punch it down, and let it rise for another hour.
  5. Divide the dough into equal pieces (I had 600 g of dough, which yielded 12 pieces of 50 g each).
  6. Shape the dough into discs, add a little filling, form into balls, and place them in a baking dish, not too tightly packed.
  7. You can fill the rolls with any filling you like or leave them plain. Let the rolls rise under plastic wrap until doubled in size.
  8. Brush the rolls with melted butter and bake at 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20-25 minutes.

Daria Tsvyek's "Bukhtas": Rolls That Will Leave No One Indifferent

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