My last cooking adventure somehow reminded me at my childhood. And I still don’t know why! I think the taste of that yummy dish is similar to something my mother made me for dinner as a child. I´ll have to ask her an figure it out! 😉 But maybe you´ll feel the same way when you eat that Ukrainian dish. It has all you like when you are a child. It´s sweet, fruity soft and filling. They call it Varenyky – варéники.
And indeed my Ukrainian teacher Eva told me that she ate those dumplings as a child. You also can ate them hearty but we decided to make a sweet and easy cherry filling. Eva is vegetarian and so are the Varenyky but it was pretty easy for us to make them vegan.
Varenyky / варéники
- 4 cups flour
- 1-2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- sugared cherries, fresh or canned
- vegan butter
Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add enough water to make a medium-soft dough. Knead by hand until smooth. Let rest for 30 minutes.
Roll out dough on a floured surface. Using a glass or sth. else that´s round cut out dough rounds.
With a knife or a tablespoon carefully butter the rounds with soft vegan butter. Sprinkle some cinnamon on each round.
Take two or three sugared cherries – depending on how big your rounds are – and place them in the middle of each round.
Fold the dough over to form a half-circle and press the edges together until well sealed and there is no air trapped in the dumpling.
Bring a big pot salted water to a boil. Carefully put the Varenyky into the water. Not too many at a time or they will stick together. Cook for about 8 minutes.
Serve with fresh fruit and/or sprinkle some sugar over the Varenyky.