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Golden brown bread rolls in a baking dish topped with chopped dill.

Ukrainian Pampushky

Sava's Kitchen
Learn how to make pampushky - Ukrainian traditional garlic bread buns. These amazing yeast-rising rolls are baked until golden and then brushed with garlic and herb oil when still hot.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Rising time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course holiday sides, Side Dish
Cuisine Eastern European, Ukrainian
Servings 12
Calories 223 kcal


  • 1 kitchen scale preferable, use measuring cups instead
  • 1 Measuring Cup
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 large baking dish (13x9x2.5)


  • 450 grams bread flour (approximately 2¾ cups)
  • 1 packet dry yeast (around 2¼ teaspoons)
  • 250 milliliters milk (one full measuring cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (if you like sweet bread add extra spoon)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil plus some for greasing the bowl

Garlic and herb sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 whole garlic cloves
  • 2-3 Tablespoons chopped dill


  • Warm up the milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds. 100°F-110°F is ideal temperature for active dry yeast.
  • In a medium bowl, add warm milk and and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Sprinkle the packet of yeast on top. Leave for 10 minutes until the bubbles appear on top. The yeast is active.
  • Stir the mixture briefly with the fork. Now, add beaten egg and salt. Stir again to combine.
  • Gradually, start adding the flour. Stir it in with a wooden or silicone spatula. Once it is hard to stir with the spatula, take it out and add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and fold it into the daugh. You may need more or less flour as stated in the recipe card. Most important not to add to much - the dough need to be sticky, not stiff.
  • Wash and dry hands. Transfer the sticky dough on a well-floured surface and start kneading. Knead for 3-4 minutes. It should remain sticky but not runny to from a ball that will flatten once placed on the surface. You may sprinkle more flour on top if needed and knead for another few minutes.
  • Grease hands with olive oil and form a bowl. Place it in the slightly greased large bowl. Cover it with kitchen towel and let it rise at room or better warm temperature for one hour. The dough should more than double in size.
  • After it rises, transfer it on the clean working surface and knead it again for another minute or two. The dough should not be sticky, but soft and easy to work with.
  • Cut the dough into two equal parts. Use hands to form two rolls. Cut each roll into 6 equal pieces (about 50 grams each).
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Slightly grease deep baking dish.
  • Form the rolls by tucking the edges under and making the top smooth and round. Arrange the rolls in a baking dish, at least 1 inch apart.
  • Cover with the towel and let them rise again for 20 minutes.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  • Brush with garlic and herb sauce as soon as you take them out off the oven while they are still hot. Enjoy!

Garlic and herb sauce

  • While the buns are baking, chop fresh garlic and dill finely.
  • In a small bowl, add olive oil, garlic, dill and few pinches of salt (optional). Mix with the fork to combine. Use the sauce to cover the hot rolls or as a dip.


  • use bread flour for best results.
  • you may need more or less flour depending on the brand of flour and how you measure the ingredients.
  • the dough needs to be sticky, do not add too much flour. After it rises first time, it will be not sticky.
  • nutritional facts are for information purposes only, and not to be considered medical advice.


Serving: 1rollCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSodium: 205mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g
Keyword garlic bread rolls, Ukrainian pampushky
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