Top down view of blueberry pierogi with fork inside yellow bowl wrapped in blue-and-white cloth, with fork, blueberries in blue dish and yogurt in another dish.
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Blueberry Pierogi Dumplings ('z Jagodami')

Blueberry pierogi (‘z jagodami’) are a popular dish in Poland especially during summer months.  They take very little time to make as the filling consists of a single ingredient – blueberries.
Course Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Polish
Keyword blueberry, pierogi
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 6 minutes
Servings 55 pierogi
Author Monika Dabrowski

Ingredients

  • 400-450 g fresh blueberries

For the Dough

  • 350 g flour
  • 185 ml very warm water
  • 1 tbsp butter or 2.5 tbsp olive/vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

For Serving

  • Demerara or regular sugar, melted butter, kefir, buttermilk or sour cream, fresh blueberries, flavoured yogurt.

Instructions

  • Rinse and gently dry the blueberries using a paper towel.
  • To make the dough place the flour, salt and butter (or oil) on top of your work surface and start combining using a large knife, cutting through the mixture and gradually adding the water into the middle and gathering up the mixture with the knife to prevent the water from escaping. When the dough starts to come together and all the water has been added knead for 2-3 minutes until the dough becomes smooth, soft and elastic. If it sticks to your hands add a bit of flour (not more than 1 tsp) and knead in. Cover with a bowl or wrap in cling film and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 3 parts (easier to work with) and roll out one part (keeping the other 2 covered) on top of a very lightly floured surface as thinly as possible, 2-3 mm in thickness (don't worry, the dough is quite resilient and won't tear easily). Using a glass with a diameter of about 7 cm make round shapes (gather up the excess dough and add to the other dough part).
  • Place 4-5 blueberries in the middle of each dough shape (if the dough is sticking to the work surface use a knife to help it come off but take care not to tear it). With tips of your fingers stick the edges of the dumpling together removing any air bubbles - go over the edge twice for each dumpling.
  • Place the dumplings on a lightly floured surface and cover with a tea towel.
  • Fill a large pot with salted water, add 1 tsp of oil, cover and bring to boil. Continue making the dumplings as you are waiting for the water to boil. When the water starts boiling carefully place the dumplings in the pot one by one (up to 15 per batch) and quickly but carefully stir with a wooden spoon. When all the dumplings have come up to the surface cook them gently for about 4 more minutes, then switch off the heat and using a slotted spoon transfer onto
    a large plate. Sprinkle with sugar, drizzle with a little butter and serve!