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Grout Bilk

on June 16, 2014

Ok, I know the name doesn’t exactly sound appetizing and it probably isn’t even spelled right, but give it a chance it really is good!

My mother-in-law has some German ancestry.  She gave me this recipe, claiming that it is a traditional German dish.  It is basically a homemade hot pocket. It is actually quite simple to make but does take quite a bit of time to prepare.  My 3 year old helped me prepare these and had great fun sealing up the filling, she originally was pinching so gently that they didn’t really seal so I told her to pinch it like she was mad (and we had a talk about the appropriate release of anger and that it wasn’t ok to pinch people…) so each time she would start working on a n edge she would say “I’m mad” scrunch up her little face into a comedic imitation of ‘mad’ and pinch away, when she was finished she would say “I’m happy now” and wait for her next opportunity to work.  Such fun!

I imagine that you could use the basic concept and stuff it with any fillings you like but I have never experimented with it – we do so enjoy the original… Hope you do too!

Grout Bilk

Grout Bilk

Grout Bilk

To make this you first prepare a bread dough, when bread has about 45 min left on it’s final rise start preparing the filling mixture. After the filling is prepared, allow it to cool while you prepare the bread to be filled.  To prepare the bread dough for filling: break the  dough into 4-6 portions.  Using one section at a time, roll the bread dough out to about 1/8 inch thick.  Use a knife to cut the rolled dough into 4×4 inch squares.  Place a heaping scoop of filling into the center of each square, leaving about 1 inch of dough all the way around the filling.  Lift the four corners of each square to meet in the center then seal each edge well by pinching it shut.   bake in a 350 degree oven until they turn golden brown on the bottom.

Honey Wheat Bread Dough


2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (or 1 packet – bread will be heavier as the packets only contain about 2 1/4 tsp yeast)

2 Cups warm water

1/3 cup honey or dark molasses

1 Tbsp applesauce

2 tsp salt

5 1/2 to 6 cups whole wheat flour



place all ingredients into bread machine in order given, set machine on dough setting. Press start and allow it to work. Roll out dough as instructed in previous directions, fill with the grout bilk mixture, seal well and bake.


if you don’t have a bread machine here is the method for making it manually:

in mixing bowl add all ingredients except flour.  Gradually add flour to make a stiff dough.  Knead on well floured surface until smooth and satiny, about 8-10 minutes.  Place in greased bowl, cover, allow to rise in warm place until doubled – about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.  Roll out and prepare as directed previously.



Grout Bilk Filling


1 pound lean Hamburger

1/4 head of cabbage

1 onion

salt and pepper to taste



1. In a large pot, brown the hamburger.

2. Add the cabbage and onion, cook until onion is translucent and cabbage is soft.  Stir frequently, do not let it burn.

3. Remove from heat and let it cool before filling the bread with it – if it is too hot you will burn your hands.


We love to eat these with ketchup.

As a time saving idea, the last time we made this we chopped up the entire head of cabbage and 4 onions, divided it into 4 gallon sized freezer bags, labeled them and threw them in the freezer.  So when I made my last batch all I had to do was open the bag and pour it in, it can’t get easier than that!

*the bread recipe was adapted from a recipe found on a package of High altitude, Hungarian stone ground whole wheat flour.  It came out very good, better than any bread I’ve made in the past!


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