Simple Yeast Free Cabbage Hand Pies. Pärmivabad kapsapirukad

handpies (26)Waiting for a white ship is something Estonian. This is a concept and myth about freedom.

The concept dates from 1861 when several hundred followers of the religious prophet Juhan Leinberg (the so-called prophet Maltsvet), mostly peasants, waited for a few weeks near Tallinn for a white ship to take them away to a more prosperous and free country. The concept soon spread widely because it was used in literature.

After the Soviet regime was restored in Estonia in 1944, the concept quickly acquired a specific meaning – the white ship stood for the end of Soviet power, either by means of the intervention by Western countries or by diplomatic pressure. Waiting for the white ship was a popular concept especially in the post-war decade, and the ruling regime had to work strenuously against it.

When outside is winter, without snow and cold.  Concept about waiting for liberty and changes is still actual. Please, spring, come as soon as you can!

24 February is the national day of Estonia, marking its declaration of freedom in 1918. Celebrate with us !

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Simple Yeast Free Hand Pies

  • Servings: 20-30 pcs
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Simple Yeast Free Hand Pies

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  • 2oo g butter
  • 350 g flour
  • 200 g sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • for coating 1 egg


  • 600- 700 g cabbage
  • 50 g butter
  • 1- 2 onions
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg, dill


  1. Melt the butter. Sift salt, flour together and add to the butter gradually while stirring. Add sour cream, mix the dough and place for 0,5 hour in a cool place
  2. Prepare to fill. Chop cabbage and onion into thick slices add butter and some water and cook until semi-soft, Season. The filling should be a little bit too salty. Add chopped boiled eggs.
  3. Form small pies. Unroll pie dough on floured work surface. With a glass ( I use for cutting usual glass) or round cutter, cut rounds from dough. Spoon 2 teaspoons mixture on half of each dough round. Fold untopped half of round over filling; press edges to seal.
  4. Coat pies with the beaten egg before putting into the oven.
  5. Bake at 200 C  for 20 minutes, while pies are ready.
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7 thoughts on “Simple Yeast Free Cabbage Hand Pies. Pärmivabad kapsapirukad

  1. I knew the original but not the later meaning of ‘valge laev’ as, naturally, I had already departed the country when it came about. Rather logical ! I thought that the second Independence day in late summer would be more celebrated than 24 February these days , , , like your simple and quick recipe which does not need proving . . /. have always liked the cabbage/egg combo . . . must make . . .


  2. In India we have cabbages in fair quantities, as a vegetable preparation or salad, but I am hearing about cabbage pies for the very first time.
    Estonia is throwing up one surprise after the other in terms of food.. ❤ ❤ 😊😊
    Thank you Madam for sharing.. 😊😊

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