How to cook kurnik? Old recipe and its modern adaptation
The desire to cook for the festive table something unusual does not always have to end with baking a sweet cake. Meat pies are dishes with a rich history and no less rich taste. Many are afraid to start a flour product so complex at first glance. And in vain - having trained once, you will realize that you will be confused because you do not know how to prepare a chicken roaster, not for long. This cake consists of the usual ingredients for every housewife. And its preparation can be divided into a number of simple and clear steps.
Where did Kurnik come from?
Old Russian literary sources mention that these tasty and nourishing pies were baked during the times of Ivan the Terrible. Then they were served in solemn occasions. And also traditionally prepared for the Trinity - one of the most important Christian holidays.But the most honorable role was assigned to the chicken at the wedding table. It was made multi-layered, lush and generously decorated with dough figurines. One kurnik was baked in the house of the groom's relatives, the other - in the house of the bride's family. Ornaments in the form of human figures symbolized the continuation of the species, and in the form of flowers and animals, homeliness and prosperity.Every hostess in the old days knew how to cook a chicken and make it special, and also had little baking secrets. But the main components remained the same always - after all, they also had a symbolic meaning. Flour personified the traditional way of life, eggs - fertility and motherhood, groats - wealth and harmony in the family. Now that traditions have lost their weight in society, you can not pay attention to decorating the cake before you make a curd and focus on its shape and taste. And, of course, stock up on fresh and high-quality ingredients - chicken, rice, eggs, cream and greens. Dough can take ready puff.
How to cook kurnik
Previously, the base of this closed cake was baked from sweet unleavened dough, and the layers were shifted with yeast pancakes.The filling was varied: rice with chopped eggs, boiled chicken with mushrooms, it is also with milk sauce. The layers alternated, separated from each other by pancakes. Modern Kurnik allows you to take as a base sand or puff pastry and one filling. In this case, the need for pancakes disappears. You can take chicken with mushrooms as a filling or mix it with a small amount of buckwheat or rice.Prepared (pre-boiled) meat is mixed with other ingredients and slightly boiled. Spread on the base and close the second layer of dough, in which you need to make holes. They bake until done - to determine it, the corner of the hen house is lifted with a spatula. If the cake does not bend, then it can be removed from the oven. Previously, the filling was filled with milk sauce, but an excellent option would be to submit it to the ready-made chicken. Butter with flour and broth is boiled, and then cream is added, boiled down to the consistency of sour cream, yolk is added and removed from the heat.
More about meat cakes
If you already know how to cook chicken, then you can try to please your family with a similar delicacy. Meat pies are many in all cuisines of the world.Dough for them, you can take any: unsweetened shortbread, straight yeast or flaky. Even chopped is perfect - an example of this is the famous French pie "Kish Loren". For the filling, meat is passed through a meat grinder or finely cut, it can also be marinated in wine. How to cook the chicken, if there is no time at all or was not in the fridge of one of the main ingredients? Use semi-finished products or boldly replace the products listed in the recipe, available at home.