Pampushky in a Garlic-Onion Sauce

In Ukraine borsch is usually served with delicious donuts which are called ‘pampushky’. Today we are going to cook pampushky under a piquant onion-garlic sauce. Such a treat will become a good addition to a hearty borsch (numerous recipes of which you can find on our blog). The tender texture of donuts and the savoury taste imparted by the sauce perfectly complement each other. This Ukrainian bakery is definitely worth trying.

Are you ready to treat your guests or family members with this sapid Ukrainian appetizer? Then let’s start cooking.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 bulb onion
  • 200 ml milk
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 50 g (2 tsp) yeast
  • olive oil (for greasing)
  • 200 g (7 oz) margarine
  • fresh parsley (for serving)
  • 150 g (5 oz) salo (dripping)
  • salt – to taste


Preheat milk and dissolve yeast there. Add sugar and salt. Mix the ingredients and set aside for a while. Then add eggs, melted margarine, and flour. Stir everything properly and knead dough. Cover the prepared dough with a towel and let it rise in a warm place for half an hour.

Shape balls from the dough and place them on a baking tray covered with foil and greased with olive oil. Bake the donuts at 200°C (392°F) until golden, for half an hour. Let the baked pampushky cool.

Now we will cook a savoury sauce. Peel a bulb onion and cube it. Chop salo. Combine the ingredients. Fry the mass slightly. Then salt and cool it. Peel and squeeze garlic cloves. Add the garlic to the prepared mass and mix.

Pour the cooked sauce above the baked pampushky and set them aside for a while. Top the pampushky with chopped parsley before serving.

Enjoy your meal!