Pampushky (Ukrainian Garlic Bread)

  • Author: Kavitha Ramaswamy
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Soft & fluffy garlic rolls



For the Starter:

  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour
  • 2 tsp Fine Sugar
  • 2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1 cup Lukewarm Water

For the Dough:

  • Starter
  • 1.5 cups All Purpose or Bread Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 12 TBsp Water (adjust as needed for the dough) 

For the garlic bread:

  • Dough
  • Neutral Vegetable Oil or Melted Butter or Olive Oil
  • 34 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 23 TBsp chopped Parsley 


For the Starter:

  • Add the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, instant yeast & mix well
  • Add lukewarm water and mix well to form a stretch batter
  • Cover the bowl & let it rise slowly in the refrigerator for 5-6 hours or overnight

For the Dough:

  • Add the starter to a large mixing bowl
  • Add rest of the flour, salt and some warm water if needed
  • Knead to a soft dough, divide into equal portions

For the garlic bread:

  • Grease a 6-8″ round baking pan with oil
  • Roll each ball of dough into a neat ball, and place in the baking pan
  • Place one in the middle of the pan & the rest around, leaving about an inch or 2 between the rolls (they will rise!)
  • Brush the top with some melted butter or oil, cover loosely & let it rest in a warm spot for about 45-60 minutes or until the rolls have doubled in size
  • Brush the top with some olive oil or butter & bake at a preheated 375F / 180C oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown, rolls are well cooked
  • Garlic Parsley Topping: While the rolls are baking, add minced garlic to cold butter or olive oil & bring it to a slow heat (microwave or simmer for a couple minutes). Let the mixture cool. Then add chopped parsley & mix well
  • Once the pampushky rolls are out of the oven, immediately brush with the garlic parsley oil. Generously brush all over, including the creases
  • Let the rolls cool down a bit. Then loosen edges and serve them warm.
  • These rolls are best serve fresh out of the oven. But you can also make them ahead of time. Then right before serving, warm in the oven (180C / 375F) for a few minutes. Microwaving might make them less fluffy and more chewy.
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Ukraine

Keywords: pampushky recipe, pampushka, Ukrainian garlic bread