Growing Chefs! Ontario Sour Cherry Vareniki

Sour Cherry Vareniki

This Russian dumpling is the perfect combination of sweet and savoury. Try it with any other seasonal fruits!
16 Vareniki


1 egg1 tablespoon sourcream1/2 cup milk1 1/2 tablespoons sugar1/2 teaspoon salt2 cups flour


1 cup cherries, pitted1/4 cup sugar1 cup cottage cheese Pinch of salt


Fresh cracked pepper Sourcream
Cutting boardParing knifeMeasuring spoonsMeasuring cupsSmall potWooden spoonA large glass, or round cookie cutterMixing bowlsSpatulaTasting spoonsLarge potTongsLarge panRolling pinBaking sheetSlotted spoonDish towel

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Measure out the sour cream, milk, sugar, salt and flour for the dough.

Whisk your egg together with sour cream and milk until you get an even texture.

Add the sugar and salt and then switch to a spatula and mix in the flour. Once the dough starts to get tricky to mix, switch to using your hands and knead the dough until it is no longer sticky. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and allow dough to rest for at least 30 minutes.

Measure out the cherries, sugar, cottage cheese and salt for the filling.

Get Cooking!

To make the filling place your cherries in a small pot with the sugar and a tablespoon of water. Place on medium heat and simmer until cherries begin to break down but not turn to mush. Strain the cherries saving the liquid and set aside. Once cherries are cooled completely, roughly chop them and mix with the cottage cheese and a pinch of salt.

Once the dough has rested and your filling is cooled and together it’s time to assemble! Cut your dough in half and recover the half you are not using with plastic wrap again. On a floured surface roll out your ball of dough so that it is fairly thin. Using a cup or a cookie cutter stamp out circles. Flour the cup to make it easier to cut circles.

One by one fill your circles with filling, placing the filling in the centre.

Fold over the edges and pinch them with your fingers, making sure it’s firmly closed enough for your filling not to fall out.

Bring a pot of water up to boil. Add 5 – 7 dumplings at a time and cook until they float up to the top. Drain with a slotted spoon and transfer to a baking sheet.

Once all the vareniki has been boiled it’s time to lightly fry them in oil just until light gold in colour. Serve with sour cream, a sprinkle of black pepper and drizzle the leftover juices from cooking the cherries on top. Enjoy!