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Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings

August 27th, 2011 in Main Dishes, No-meat by
Total cooking time: 1h 30min
Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe

I didn’t believe my eyes when I saw sour cherries (pitted!) in the Andersons grocery store. It doesn’t happen that often to me here, in US. So I couldn’t simply leave that store without my portion of sour cherries…

Of course, we enjoyed them plain with a bit of sugar, and also made some cherries with whipped cream dessert, however most of sour cherries went to ukrainian sour cherry dumplings – “varenyky (vareniky) z vyshniamy”, and for this one we made plenty of pictures.

With mentioned amount of ingredients you will get about 50-60 dumplings. Most probably you will not need to cook all of them right away – so just freeze remaining potion of dumplings for later use (first put wooden board with dumplings to the fridge until dumplings are frozen, then move them to a ziploc bag and store frozen). Frozen dumplings can be boiled right before serving, just like you usually do it.

Ingredients:


How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: I was happy to get already pitted sour cherries, if you are less lucky than me pit sour cherries (it takes time):
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 1
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 1
  2. Pour pitted sour cherries into a sieve and put it into a big bowl, pour all sugar over and set aside (sour cherries will produce juice, that is why we need that bowl):
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 2
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 2
  3. Now it is time to prepare dumplings dough (I recap the method here, read how to make dumplings dough with milk and egg for more details):Mix milk, salt and oil in a cooking pot; bring to boil, then add 1/2 cup of flour:
    Mix milk, oil and salt in cooking pot
    Mix milk, oil and salt in cooking pot
    Bring to boil
    Bring to boil
    Remove from burner, mix flour in
    Remove from burner, mix flour in

    Cool down and mix an egg in
    Cool down and mix an egg in
    Start adding flour
    Start adding flour
    Until it becomes thick
    Until it becomes thick

    Knead more flour in
    Knead more flour in
    Until it doesn't stick to hands anymore
    Until it doesn't stick to hands anymore
    Then cover with plastic wrap
    Then cover with plastic wrap

  4. Roll a piece of dough thin (you will need to repeat next 3 steps for all dough you have):
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 4
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 4
  5. Take thin side glass about 2.5 inch in diameter, dip it into flour for about 1/4 of inch; then cut rolled dough into circles with that glass:
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 5
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 5
  6. Remove the cut off dough (you may use it combined with next portion of the dough and roll again):
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 6
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 6
  7. Mix sour cherries and sugar in a sieve, remove produced juice (it it not needed for this recipe, however it tastes great when mixed with a bit of sugar and boiled water):
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 7
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 7
  8. Assemble dumplings using all dough and all filling, for that:
    Put a teaspoon of cherry sugar mix in the middle of a dough circle
    Put a teaspoon of cherry sugar mix in the middle of a dough circle
    Fold dough circle in half, arrange edges together
    Fold dough circle in half, arrange edges together
    Carefully pat edges together with your fingers
    Carefully pat edges together with your fingers

    Seal it good, make sure there is no holes
    Seal it good, make sure there is no holes
    Dust each dumpling with flour and put on the wooden board
    Dust each dumpling with flour and put on the wooden board
    Repeat with rest of the the dough and filling
    Repeat with rest of the the dough and filling

  9. Now it is time to boil sour cherry dumplings (freeze remaining dumplings and store in freezer in ziploc bag for later use). To cook sour cherry dumplings bring a big pot of water to boil, salt to taste and put dumplings in:
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 9
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 9
  10. Boil dumplings over moderate heat until they come to the surface:
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 10
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 10
  11. Then move ready sour cherry dumplings to a big bowl with a skimmer:
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 11
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 11
  12. Grease with butter so dumplings don’t stick to each other:
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 12
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 12
  13. Serve warm with a table spoon or two of sour cream (and if you don’t like sour taste dust cooked dumplings with a bit of sugar to taste):
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 13
    Ukrainian Sour Cherry Dumplings (Varenyky z Vyshniamy) Recipe: Step 13
Enjoy!

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Очень интересно, я не пробовала делать вареники с заварным тестом.

Rebekah Kloeppel

You can often find sour cherries in the freezer section of the supermarket, labeled “pie cherries”. I use them in a lot of different recipes. They often have better flavor, even, than the containers of fresh sour cherries.

R van Amerongen

I live in Ukraine 2 years now,here we also make vareniky with cleaned sour cherries but NOT pitted.
The dough is similar but here we put 3-4 cherries and the juice is preserved within the dough.
When ready,dip in sugar and eat carefully (so juicy)
Such cherry trees you can find here everywhere also apricot and walnut trees.

genta

They look just delicious.

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