Summer in Poland means that all kinds of fruit is cheap and accessible on every corner. It’s something that you don’t get in the US. There are farmers markets that sell seasonal produce but in my mind I always recalculate the prices and it just makes me sad to see that I have to pay $5 for a small box of strawberries or cherries.  This time I was on a quest for prunes. I’ve seen different plums around but not prunes until my recent Costco trip. Who would have thought that I would find them there? I had to get them and the first thing that came to my mind was prune pierogi. I know that when most people think about pierogi they instantly think pierogi with meat, sauerkraut, mushrooms or cheese and potatoes.  But in the summer Poles like their pierogi with fruit. My mom would always make them with strawberries, prunes or blueberries, but you can make them with apples and cinnamon and other fruit.

Serving: 4-5
Preparation of dough: 5 minutes, plus 20 minutes resting time of the dough
Cooking Dumplings: 10 minutes
Preparation of filling: 10 minutes

Ingredients for dough (makes approx 50 dumplings)
2 cups of flour
1/4 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of canola oil
1 egg
Pinch of salt

Ingredients for filling
10-12 prunes
1 tablespoon of sugar
½ cup of sour cream
2 tablespoons of powder sugar

Rinse the prunes and cut them half and discard the pit. Then cut the halves in half again and put them aside and start preparing the dough.

Transfer the flour onto the working surface, sprinkle some salt, make a well and add the egg and canola oil inside the well. Start adding the warm water and mix the dough. Work it out slowly adding the water as needed. The kneading will take you few minutes and the dough will be very soft and elastic thanks to the warm water and oil.
Cut the dough into 2 batches and cover them with plastic wrap and let them rest for about 20 minutes.

Assembling pierogi
Start rolling out the first piece of dough. Keep the other one in the plastic foil or kitchen towel.
With this dough I don’t mind rolling out the old fashioned way because the dough is so flexible and soft that it’s a pure pleasure. But you can always use the KitchenAid Attachment to roll them out and I would recommend the size 5. You don’t want the dough to be too thin because it will be more difficult to assemble them.  Using a 4 inch cookie cutter, cut out circles. You should get approximately 20 cut outs from one batch. Reuse the remaining dough from this batch and knead it all together again. Roll out again and keep cutting out circles. This one should give you 10 more circles.
Place two slices of prunes in the middle and sprinkle some sugar on the top. Fold it together using some water to seal on the edges if the ends don’t want to stick together. It may happen due to an excess amount of flour or if you keep the circles uncovered and the dough dries out.
Make waves of braids using your thumb, index finger and middle finger. Play with the folding process and shape them the way you like it. If it’s too difficult you can always use a fork.
Repeat the same steps with the remaining batch of dough. Cover the dumplings with the kitchen towel if you are waiting for the water to boil. You don’t want them to dry out.
Bring some water to boil in a large pot.  Transfer the first batch of dumplings to the boiling water. Wait few seconds until they come up to the surface and boil them for 2 minutes. Take them out with a spider spoon and cook the next batches of the dumplings.
Serve them with sour cream mixed with powdered sugar. I know this may sound bizarre but believe me and try combining the sour cream with sugar. It works perfectly with fruit pierogi.

1 Comment

  1. I love chicken And now i want try dumplings and thanks for sharing this recipe . I think this dumplings are fabulous. You can also try our chicken base . This is also fabulous please try this and enjoy your food.

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