Меню

Home / Recipes / Desserts / Vareniki with Cherries

Vareniki with Cherries

Type: Desserts
Servings: 6
Ready in: 1,5 hours
Calories: Middle
If you've read 'Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka' by Russian classical writer Nikolai Gogol, you surely remember how adroitly one of the characters ate vareniki with sour cream that flew into his mouth by themselves. Of course, traditional Ukrainian vareniki don't have such super skills, but their taste is sure to make you think of the Ukrainian cuisine's magic.
Ukrainian vareniki are often compared to Russian pelmeni or Italian ravioli. Vareniki's crucial difference from other similar dishes is their dough. Traditional Ukrainian vareniki can't be Lenten, that is, kefir and eggs are always added to the dough.
What are vareniki like? Nikolai Gogol wrote that you could eat hat-sized vareniki at some farms. That's, of course, an exaggeration. The classical varenik is around 10 cm large and, contrary to pelmeni or ravioli, has a crescent shape.
Vareniki's filling can be very different: potato, cabbage, potato and meat, potato and salo (pork meat), sweet or salted curd, pumpkin, cherries and so on. The filling is warped up in dough and cooked for five minutes or less. Vareniki are usually served with sour cream.
Although it's truly Ukrainian dish, vareniki are well-known all over the world. People in different corners of the world took liking of vereniki's unusual and rich taste and installed monuments to varenik. In particular, Ukrainian varenik was immortalized in Canada and Russia.

Ingredients

Flour 1 glass
Water 0.5 glass
Vegetable oil 1.5 tbsp
Salt pinchs
Cherries (fresh/chilled) 250 g
Sugar 3 tbsp

 

Stages of cooking

1
Sieve the flour in the bowl. Make a well and pour warm water in here; then add the butter, a pinch of salt and make stiff but elastic dough.
2
Roll the dough in plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hr.
3
Wash and deseed the cherries. Then add the sugar so the cherries will give some juice. Pour off the juice and set aside; dust the cherries with flour and stir a little.
4
Then roll out a thin big tablet and shape 5x6 cm circles with a glass. Put the cherries in the middle and shape crescent-shaped dumplings.
5
Simmer the dumplings for 3-5 mins in salted water. Take them out and place in the bowl.
6
Serve with sour cream and prepared sweet juice.

 

 

 

Discover the secrets of traditional Ukrainian cuisine
Install our unique App and inspire yourself with the most delicious Ukrainian recipes!

We recommend

It is an unusual but very tasty and original salad. It can catch the liver’s fans fancy; also both beef and chicken liver could be used for salad.
Read more
The cold soups are very popular during summer season. Two most famous Ukrainian cold soups are okrosha and beetroot soup (commonly known as kholodnik or svekolnik). There are both lean and meat beetroot soups.
Read more
Pastry with poppy-seed stuffing is very popular in Ukrainian cuisine. The most frequent guest on Ukrainian table is poppy-seed roll. It is made of short pastry and baked in oven. This dish has an inimitable aroma and extraordinary taste. Poppy-seed roll's traditional recipe has no other stuffing. But today, each housewife adds something special to
Read more
The uzvar is a national Ukrainian beverage, cooked with dried fruits and berries. Moreover, some housewives tend to add species – cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg – that will give the drink an exotic flavor. The main ingredients of uzvar are dried apples, pears, plums and raisins; sometimes fresh raspberries, blueberries or strawberries might be ad
Read more