- For the filling
- 1 kilogram Green cabbage
- 2 onions
- 50 grams butter
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- 3 tablespoons chopped Dill
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon salt
- freshly ground peppers
- To brush loaf
- 2 egg yolks (beaten)
For the crust, heap flour in a bowl. Cut butter into pieces and knead into flour with salt, egg and 8-12 tablespoons water to a smooth dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180°C (approximately 350°F). For the filling, cut cabbage into quarters and remove stem. Cut cabbage into strips about 1/2 cm wide (approximately 1/8 inch wide). Blanch cabbage strips in boiling salted water for about 5 minutes and drain.
Peel onions and chop finely. Melt butter in an ovenproof pot and sauté onions until translucent. Add cabbage and 1/4 l (approximately 1 cup) water to pot. Cover pot and place in oven until cabbage is tender, 30-40 minutes. Remove lid from pot to allow liquid to evaporate. Drain cabbage and let cool slightly. Peel eggs and cut into small cubes. Mix eggs, dill, parsley and salt into cabbage and season with pepper and sugar.
Knead dough briefly and divide into two portions, one slightly smaller than the other.Roll out both portions on a floured surface into 2 rectangles 3-4 mm thick (approximately 1/8 inch thick). Spread filling mixture on smaller dough rectangle, leaving a border around the edges about 3 cm wide (approximately 1 inch wide). Brush border of lower rectangle with egg yolk. Roll up larger dough rectangle onto a rolling pin, lift and place over filling. Trim edges of loaf into a rectangle with rounded corners. Pinch loaf around edges to seal, crimping with fingers and thumbs to create a fluted rim as desired. Brush loaf with egg yolk.
Make a vent in the loaf to allow steam to escape while it bakes. Cut a hole in the crust in the center of the loaf. Form a cylinder from a strip of aluminum foil and insert in hole in loaf. Cut remaining dough into decorative shapes as desired, brush with egg yolk and place on loaf. Cut a flower from dough, brush with egg yolk and place around tinfoil vent if desired.
Preheat oven to 200°C (approximately 400°F). Set loaf on a greased baking sheet and refrigerate about 15 minutes (so the loaf will keep its shape during baking). Bake loaf 40-45 minutes. Remove foil vent from loaf before serving.