Ukrainian cherry dumplings

Yield: 16 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups All-purpose flour; sifted
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs
1½ cup Canned pitted sour red cherries, drained
½ cup Water
1 Egg white
1 To 3 Tbs Sugar

FRUIT FILLING

Recipe by: The Eastern European Cookbook-ISBN 0-486-23562-9 Put flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of mixture and add eggs. Stir in enough water to make a stiff dough.

Knead on a floured board. Shape into a ball and let stand 1 hr. Roll out very thin on floured board. Cut into small rounds, about 4 inches in diameter. Place 1 spoonful of the fruit filling on the lower half of each circle. Brush edges with egg white, slightly beaten. Flood pastry over to form a half-circle, and press edges together. Drop, a few at a time, into a large kettle of boiling water and cook briskly for 15 to 20 mins., or until dumplings come to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Serve warm. Serve with warm cherry juice and thick cream, if desired. Makes about 16.

FRUIT FILLING:

Put cherries and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer for 5 mins.

Cool.

NOTES: Ukrainian dumplings called varenky, which are prepared and eaten

: for dessert, may be filled with any kind of fruit, but cherries

: are most often used.

From: Dan Klepach

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