Another tasty summer dish, this sweet cherry pierogi recipe can be made using sour cherries too! Both the czereśnie and wiśnie cherry dumplings recipe taste heavenly topped with sour cream and sugar!
You cannot separate Poles and pierogis. Be it the sweet fruity perogies or summer, or the meaty pierogis of winter, there’s always perogies at the Polish dinner table.
It’s so good that we can use both the czereśnie (sweet) and wiśnie (sour), and sometimes I love making these cherry pierogis with a mix of the two. It’s fun not knowing if you’re going to get a sweet cherry or sour one in the next bite!
How To Cook This Sweet Or Sour Cherry Pierogi Recipe
Fill the dough with the pitted cherries and seal so that the filling cannot leak out.
Keep all the cherry pierogis covered with a damp cloth till you cook them.
Once all the cherry-filled pierogi are ready, cook them in a large pot of boiling water till they float. The floating pierogis can be served with sour cream and sugar!
Tips for Polish Cherry Pierogi Recipe
- You can use either sweet cherries (czereśnie) or sour cherries (wiśnie).
- If using frozen cherries, please defrost and drain them first.
- Make sure the pierogi is sealed throughout and no cherries are between the sealed portion.
- You can mix blueberries or other fruit with cherries to make a different recipe!
- If the cherries are sour, coat them with castor sugar or fine sugar.
- Add chopped mint leaves to the cherry dumplings for more flavor!
- Top with melted butter before serving!
- This cherry dumplings recipe tastes best when served with sour cream and sugar!
Important Questions About Making Sweet Or Sour Cherry Pierogi Recipe
Which Cherries Should I Use For This Polish Cherry Pierogi Recipe?
You can use any cherries you prefer. The recipe works well for sweet cherries (czereśnie) and sour cherries (wiśnie). You may use frozen cherries if you want, but you need to defrost and drain them first.
How To Seal The Pierogi?
To seal the pierogi, press the edges together without leaving any free space in between. If you prefer, you can use a pierogi maker that allows you to apply pressure and seal them properly.
What’s The Difference Between Czereśnie and Wiśnie?
Czereśnie are sweet cherries and Wiśnie and sour cherries. The only difference is the sweet or tangy taste.
Can I Use Store-Bought Cherries?
Yes, you can use store brought fresh or frozen cherries.
Is It Possible To Make This Cherry Pierogi Recipe Vegan?
Yes, to make this cherry pierogi recipe vegan, skip the egg. It’s not an essential part of the pierogi recipe.
Also, replace the sour cream with a vegan cream or vegan whipped cream.
Can I Store Pierogi For Later?
Yes. To store cooked pierogis, wait until they have cooled down. Once cool, put them in a bowl and add a layer of melted butter between each pierogi so they don’t stick. Then store them in the fridge or freezer.
If you want to make extra uncooked pierogi and store them for another time, follow this procedure. Prepare the pierogi. Then spray one tray or many trays with oil and place the pierogis on this tray at some distance from each other.
Put the trays in the freezer and store them for a few hours. Once the pierogis are frozen, put them in an airtight container and you can freeze them for 3 to 4 months.
When you’re ready to cook the cherry pierogis, put these frozen cherry pierogi straight into boiling hot water and cook them. Top with sour cream and sugar and serve!
Authentic Polish Cherry Pierogi Recipe
Dough for pierogi with cherries
- 3 cups of white flour
- 1 egg
- 1 ⅓ cups of warm water
- 2 pinches of salt
- 4-5 tablespoons of oil
- 1 ½ lbs (700g) of cherries (sweet or sour)
- sour cream
How To Make Dough For Pierogi With Cherries?
- Put flour, egg, oil, and salt into the bowl. Whisk it together with a hand or dough hook attachment.
- Start adding the water slowly, letting it incorporate before adding more.
- Whisk until all the ingredients are incorporated and there are no lumps.
How To Prepare Cherries For Pierogi?
- Wash and pit the cherries.
- If the cherries are very sour, you may coat them with sugar.
How To Mold Pierogi With Cherries?
- Divide the dough into 2 or 3 pieces.
- Thinly roll each piece out onto a floured surface to just under 1/16 - 1/8” thickness.
- Use a round cookie cutter to cut the circles from the dough.
- Put the cherries in the center of each circle, the more fruits, the better. However, you need to make sure that they stay inside the pierogi. If a cherry gets between the dough when sealing, the pierogi may fall apart during the cooking.
- Pull the edges of each circle together to form pierogi. Make sure the seal is continuous and intact. You can't leave any free space, as the pierogi will fall apart during the cooking. Pinch tightly.
- Collect the remaining dough scraps and put them to the other 2 dough pieces. Repeat the process until the entire dough and all the cherries are used.
How To Cook Pierogi With Cherries?
- Pour the water into the big pot. Add 2 pinches of salt. Boil.
- Gently throw pierogi, one by one into the boiling water.
- When they start floating, wait for a minute and take them out with the slotted spoon.
- Pour the melted butter on top. Serve with sour cream and sugar.
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