Preparation

The making of Piragi can be separated into four distinct steps.


Step 1: Preparation of Dough

Milk, flour, yeast and other ingredients (for varying tastes) are mixed together in a bowl. The mixture is then kneaded to a proper consistency - determined by the individual preparer - and then set to rise until the volume has doubled (approx. 90 mins.). While the dough is rising, the Filling is prepared.


Step 2: Preparation of Filling

Bacon, ham, and onions (for the meat-variety of Piragi) are chopped into little bits and then lightly baked on a pan. The now mixed-together ingredients are then strained - to remove any fat that might have seeped during the baking - and then deposited into a bowl along with caraway seeds and any additional ingredients one would desire. These ingredients are then mixed together and the Filling is prepared.


Step 3: Forming Piragi

A chunk of dough is taken out of the bowl and then flattened. A bit of dough is pulled toward the preparer from the chunk. A tablespoon of filling is placed in lower of the bit of dough. A glass with a diameter of approx. 3 in. is used to cut out a circle of dough. The circle of dough is then folded over, and formed into the Piragi shape.


Step 4: Baking Piragi

Uncooked, formed Piragi are placed on a baking pan, glazed with a mixture of beaten egg and water, and then baked for 10-15 minutes.


NOTE: Almost all of the steps mentioned above can be varied upon by the individual preparer according to his/her tastes.

The preparation of Piragi is in itself a piece of folklore to be studied. Small groups often times come together to make the Piragi in a collective - each person being assigned a different task. It is in the most labor intensive part the process - the forming of Piragi - that a social event often takes place. Children form Piragi alongside their parents, members of communities and many others gather together for this event with everyone having a relatively equal status in the preparation sequence. The part of the task that is reserved for the most experienced, though, is the making of the dough and filling - this task requires that the preparer have the necessary "taste" for how the Filling and dough "should be." Overall, the making of Piragi serves to stimulate community solidarity while reminding participants of their heritage.