Friday, July 26, 2013 to make your kitchen feel like a sauna.

Some times I get good ideas. Other times...catastrophic.
Well, ok, so the pierogi weren't catastrophic but, damn, it was hot in my kitchen!
This is all it takes to make fruit pierogi. I made some strawberry ones and then some blueberry ones. You can use frozen fruit or fresh fruit. 
2 Cups flour
1 Cup boiling water
1 1/2 Tb spoons of oil
For filling:
1 Cup blueberries
or 1 Cup strawberries 

Make a mound with your flour and using a knife, make a small dip in the middle. Pour a little bit of the water and oil in the well and slowly blend it into the flour. 
Continue, adding water and oil and cutting them into the flour. Your dough should look a bit crumbly. 
Once you've added all the flour and oil, you should be able to form a lump of dough. Slowly kneed it to blend in any left over bits of flour. Sprinkle a bit of flour on your counter and roll out the dough. Mine was about 1/4 inch thick. 
Using a glass or mug make circles in the dough. 
Gently roll out one circle to make some room for the fruit. 
I used frozen strawberries, but fresh ones work great, too. If they were whole I would have put in just one whole strawberry. (or about 6-8 blueberries)
Fold the circle over. Starting at the bottom corner, pinch the dough together with your fingers to seal it.
This is kind of what it's supposed to look like. Keep in mind, I haven't done this in years!
Fill a large pot with water and boil. Keep water bubbling while you gently drop the pierogi in. They'll be ready in about 5 minutes. (about 8 with frozen fruit) 
I like mine with butter and maybe some sprinkled sugar on top. You need to put something on them so they don't stick together. Sour cream is good, too. And that's it!

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