Ukrainian & Vegan: Varenyky / варе́ники

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
  • cinnamon
  • 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.

Смачного!

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