These buns were a real challenge for me to make. The challenge was very successful, and I was very satisfied. I mostly liked the trick to get the balloon shape. It will be explained in the recipe. The dose is for 4 buns.

  • 1/4 cube fresh yeast (10 grams or 0,3 oz or 1 tsp dry yeast)
  • 100 ml of warm water (3.4 fluid oz)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • half a teaspoon of salt
  • a pinch of sugar (for the yeast)
  • about 300 g of flour (10,5 oz)
  • 1 egg yolk and sesame seeds for coating
  • 250 g minced meat (8.8 oz)
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • half a spoon of vegetable seasoning
  • black pepper to taste 
  1. First, dissolve the yeast in warm water and add a little sugar.
  2. Then add sour cream, salt and gradually add flour. Knead a soft, slightly sticky dough and finally add 2-3 tablespoons of oil and knead the dough. It should stop be sticky and if it still is, add a tablespoon or two of flour.
  3. Form a ball and immediately divide it into 8 parts and form a small ball from each part.
  4. Cover them with nylon foil and leave to rise for at least 1 hour.

  5. Meanwhile, prepare the minced meat. Fry the chopped onion, add the minced meat, simmer for about 10 minutes and finally add the vegetable seasoning and black pepper.
  6. Then, roll out all 8 balls with the help of a rolling pin in the size of a small round plate.
  7. From the 8 parts you will get 4 buns, so you use 2 crusts for 1 bun.
  8. You can immediately arrange 4 spread crusts on a greased baking tray.
  9. Then add the filling leaving 2 cm free at the ends.

  10. Cover each from the top with the remaining 4 crusts.
  11. Join the ends spirally as you do when making zelnik, press well so that there is no air flow and leave only a small part of about 1 cm unattached. In that part between the two crusts, insert a thicker straw and blow inside until it inflates like a balloon. 

  12. Take out the straw and immediately glue the place by pressing it with your finger. If your balloon is punctured, gently repair the hole with a little dough. One of my 4 buns was punctured and didn't inflate and came out like a small pie.

  13. Then, coat them very gently with beaten egg yolk, add sesame seeds on top.

  14. Bake at 200 C degrees until nicely browned.