Strawberry dumplings – Delicious treat from Ukraine

Varenyky are a part of national Ukrainian cuisine. For many Ukrainians, sweet dumplings were a favorite food in childhood, which today brings nostalgia and happy memories. Isn’t it great when a dish can take you back to a certain period and place of your life? If yes, then this recipe just fits the bill. Let’s together return to youth and enjoy the scrumptious taste of varenyky filled with a savory strawberry filling.

The advantage of this dish is its simple recipe you will easily handle. Plus, these dumplings can not only be boiled but also frozen and will become your magic wand when you need to treat unexpected guests.




  • 500 g (17,5 oz) flour
  • 100 ml water
  • 50 ml milk
  • 20 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 egg


  • 400 g (14 oz) strawberries
  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 30 g (1 oz) starch
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  • sour cream – to taste



Wash strawberries under running water thoroughly and put them in a colander to let water drain.

Separate strawberries from their stems and cut them into slices (the width of the slices depends on the size of your strawberries and the size of varenyky you want to make).Top strawberries with starch that will soak moisture. Leave the berries for a while.


Put flour into a big pan and make a hollow in the center. Pour milk, vegetable oil, and warm water just right in the hollow. Then add one egg.


Mix all the ingredients carefully and knead the dough until elastic (add flour if needed to ensure the dough does not stick to your hands). Cover the dough with cling wrap and leave it in a warm place for 40 minutes.


On a floured board, divide the dough into three equal portions. Roll the first piece of the dough – the layer should not be too thick, in another way you won’t get tender varenyky, and at the same time it should not be too thin – otherwise, the strawberry filling will leak.

Cut out circles using a round glass or a cookie cutter. Combine the pieces around the circles and add them to the rest of the dough.

Put powdered sugar in the middle of each circle. Add strawberries slices above. Take one circle and make a half moon, keeping the berries from moistening the edges and sealing the circle tightly on the sides.


Work with other dough circles. Then move to the next dough portion and repeat the same procedure until all dough is used.


While shaping varenyky, bring a pan of water to boil. Reduce to a gentle boil. Transfer dumplings to a pan (if you wish, you may cook only one portion of varenyky or boil half of them, left dumplings can be frozen). Boil varenyky for around 7-10 minutes, stirring them from time to time to prevent sticking and uneven cooking. Fish out dumplings with a slotted spoon. Transfer them to a serving plate and decorate with a dollop of sour cream and strawberries.

And, as we say in Ukraine – Smachnoho! =Enjoy your meal!

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Light and airy strawberry pie

It’s time for summertime, summertime gladness!))

Summer is in full swing and we can see colorful berries almost everywhere we turn. Such abundance of fruits makes us think about cooking something tasty, delicate, and refined. Here we go! I have an impressive recipe for you. We’re going to bake a luscious strawberry pie. This dreamy fruit dessert is the perfect way to top off dinner. Packed with fresh, fragrant strawberries, it just melts in the mouth.

The recipe of this cake is ridiculously simple. It involves pouring an easy-to-make batter over berries and baking of the crust until golden brown. The strawberries rise to the top, soaking the batter with their sweetness. As a result, we get a light and refreshing pie, the smooth texture of which resembles the flavor of summer in every bite.


  • 4 eggs
  • 240 ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp dairy butter
  • 100 g (3,5 oz) sugar
  • 100 g (3,5 oz) flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 600 g (20 oz) strawberries
  • dairy butter (for greasing)
  • 2 tbsp of sugar (for topping a baking tray)


Grease a baking tray (26 cm in diameter) with soft dairy butter and sprinkle it with 2 tbsp of sugar.

Wash and dry strawberries. Then cut the berries in halves and arrange them in the baking tray.

Combine eggs, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Whip the mass thoroughly and then stir in flour. Next add vanilla extract and pour milk above. Mix to combine. At the end put melted dairy butter and stir until smooth. Pour the prepared mixture above the berries.

Preheat an oven and place the baking tray there. Bake the strawberry pie at 180°C (356°F) for 40-45 minutes until set and puffed. Serve it hot or warmed.

Bursting with berry flavors, this cake is sure to be a summer hit!

Enjoy your meal!

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