Bierocks are a yeast dough pastry sandwich filled with meat and cabbage.
Bierocks are German and are perfect for Oktoberfest! They are also knows as Runza’s.
I have been making these for several years now. This is a classic Bierock recipe, except I chose to add cheese to mine because, well, everything tastes better with cheese, right?
Next time I make these I am going to make them with a different filling. I can think of many different ways to go with these, such as Philly Steak, or ham and cheese. Maybe even a breakfast variety with bacon and eggs.
It was really hard to figure the time on the recipe because you make the dough and then it rises for an hour. During the second rise time you are cooking the beef and cabbage. So all together these take an afternoon to make. But they are well worth the time!
Since I don’t have a thermometer I just warm the milk, water, and butter over medium heat until the butter is almost melted. I then take it off the burner and let it sit for just a few minutes, maybe 2 or 3. The butter melts the rest of the way. I have never had any problems with my yeast not being activated or being “killed” with water that is too hot.
Working with dough can sometimes be intimidating, but the more you do it the better you will get at it.
How to knead dough: On a floured surface give the dough a quarter turn. Repeat folding, pushing, and turning, adding only enough flour every few turns to keep the dough from sticking to your hands and to the kneading surface. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth on the outside, springs back when pressed with your fingers and is no longer sticky.
When shaping the Bierocks I work the dough a little by stretching it and shaping it before I fill it and close it up. I have found the round shape a little easier than the square shape to form.
I used two different kinds of cheese and that is why I made them different shapes, so we would know which was which.
These freeze well and are great warmed up in the microwave. I always let them thaw because I haven’t had that much luck warming them when they are frozen. The outside gets too hot and the inside is not hot enough.
They warm up in my microwave in literally 1 minute!
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