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I am trying to make Russian Pies, I tried following the recipe in this video.

I put 3 1/2 Cups of All Purpose Flour in a bowl. And then I put 2 tbl spoons of baking powder and a small table spoon of table salt. 3/4 of a cup of canola oil. 1 cup of milk. Mixed them together, divided the dough into 4 equal pi on an electric stove, let them rest for 2 minutes. Start putting them in a pan with oil to cook one layer of the Russian Pie and spray the pan with oil and put it on the medium heat and leave it in the pan for 2 minutes, and at the end it turns brown and breaks into little pieces, not like what is in the video.

And it has a bitter taste.

What did I do wrong?

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  • Are you sure that shouldn't be 2 teaspoons of baking powder. It's almost certainly an error in the recipe, and why it tastes terrible. Also that seems like a lot of oil. Oil in baked goods acts like shortening, and can interfere with gluten development making baked goods liable to fall apart.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 2 at 13:42
  • This I think might be one of those cases where a recipe on the internet just doesn't work. It has happened to me before, and I simply don't trust them any more. There are lots of these online unfortunately. Better perhaps to get a recipe book, or find a reputable website or youtuber who tests the recipes to make sure they work.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 2 at 13:48
  • I found this one here - much less baking powder.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 2 at 13:57
  • @billy Kerr Even two teaspoons of baking powder is a lot for the volume of flour given! But I agree, this is almost certainly the cause of the unpleasant taste.
    – Rdd
    Jan 2 at 23:22
  • @Rdd Yeah, 1 tsp would probably be enough.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 2 at 23:27
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If the bread is breaking up and turning brown, I think the heat is too high and/or there isn't enough oil in the pan (possibly both). Try a lower heat and slightly more oil (making sure to let the oil heat up before adding the bread). Electric stoves can be unpredictable!

The bitter taste might be from the burnt elements, but I think it's more likely that you're adding too much baking powder, which tastes unpleasant if it hasn't fully reacted (and could also be contributing to breaking the dough up). Try one teaspoon instead of two tablespoons (drastically too much for the amount of flour you're using).

I'm not sure from you description, but are you cooking one side before joining it to the other? That won't work - you won't be able to press them together, as one will be a cooked bread rather than a dough. Form the whole bread before putting it in the pan.

I'm afraid I don't speak the language in the video you've linked, but I think I recognise what you're trying to make - a filled khachapuri (a Georgian rather than Russian dish).

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    I'd just like to +1 for the recommendation to use less baking powder. Two tablespoons seems like an insane amount. Baking powder can also increase browning.
    – kitukwfyer
    Dec 31 '21 at 17:05
  • @kitukwfyer I missed that it was two table spoons - that's way, way too much, and almost certainly the main thing going wrong here.
    – Rdd
    Dec 31 '21 at 17:06

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