Pierogi are a traditional Polish meal. Usually they would be filled with potatoes and cheese, sauerkraut or minced meat but come summer time when fresh fruits are in abundance we like to make a sweet version and stuff them with which ever fruits we have… blueberries being my favourite choice.
The recipe below will make around 50 dumplings, it might sound like a lot but believe me once you actually start eating… it really isn’t all that many.
For the dough:
- 1/2kg flour
- ~250ml warm water
- 1tbsp melted butter
- Pinch of salt
For the filling:
- ~300g blueberries
- 250g double cream
- Sugar; to taste
Wash and dry the blueberries; they need to be totally dry.
On a large flat surface place your flour; make a well in the middle and add the water, butter and salt. Use your hands to combine the ingredients and when it has formed knead the dough.
At first the dough will be very sticky but as you knead it will become a wonderful soft and playful dough and then you will know it is ready for rolling – you can view step by step pictures on how to make it here.
Take part of your dough and roll it flat; use a large round cookie cutter (or pint glass or a coffee mug) to cut out the round shapes.
Each round “pierogi” to be needs to be filled with around 1 teaspoon of blueberries. Make sure you pinch the end tightly so your creation doesn’t fall apart during the cooking process – again for step by step pictures on how to fill pierogi please see my Russian Style Dumplings post.
Once formed place your pierogi on a lightly floured surface until you are ready to start cooking.
You will need a large, and I really mean it… a large cooking pot, filled with water; ideally wide and not so high. Add a pinch of salt to your water and bring it to a boil.
Once the water is boiling gently place each pierogi in; just a few at the time so the water surface isn’t too crowded.
Allow them to boil for a few minutes – 2 or 3 should do the trick.
Once they swim to the top use a slotted spoon and fish them out.
Make sure that are dry before serving.
Serve with cream and sugar and enjoy a traditional Polish taste.
If so, what is your favourite filling?