Ukrainian Recipes
VARENYKY

VARENYKY DOUGH

This is our base recipe for the Varenyky dough. These quantities will make approximately 3 dozen small to medium size dumplings. More if you make them smaller, less if you are lazy like me and make them larger. If you want to make larger batches, cut back a little on the water and then add  more if you need it. Typically, I always end up having to add small amount of flour.  Make the dough fresh, shortly before you prepare the Varenyky. Unlike the fillings, this dough will dry out if you make it the night before.

(Makes about 3 dozen)

Ingredients
3 cups      All Purpose Flour
5 oz      Real Sourcream
4 Tblsp      Real Butter
1      Real Egg
PREPARATION
First, take your butter out a couple hours before you start and allow it to soften.
DON'T USE  fat free sour creme.
DON'T USE  hydrogenated margarine.
DON'T USE self rising flour. 

You will also need a large mixing bowl or pan.and mixing spoon.  If you can find a dough blender, its really handy for getting out the lumps. 
 

DRY INGREDIENTS
 
 
 

Measure out the flour. Fold in Sour cream and Butter. Mix, Mix , Mix.  Use the dough blending tool if you have one. Chop up all of the lumps into small pieces. You want an even consistancy. 
 
 

EGG MIXTURE
 
 
 

Break your eggs in a separate bowl. Pick out any shells. You certainly wouldn't want Aunt Olga chomping down on one. Beat with a wisp or fork. Pour into a measuring cup. Add enough water to make 6 oz or 3/4 cup total liquid. Pour back and beat to a uniform consistancy. 
 
 

Combine Egg Mixture to Dry Ingredients
 
 

Fold the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Use a spoon at first, then use your hands to knead the dough. If after you have thouroughly combined the ingredients and it is still sticky, then gradually add bits of flour until it isn't so sticky.  Add a little at a time, you don't want too much flour or they will be difficult to hold together. 
 

Cover
 
 
 

Cover the bowl containing the dough with a damp cloth  until you are ready to use it.  Use a non-terry cloth towl or cheese cloth. Soak the cloth and wring it out . You don't want it dripping wet. Keep it covered the entire time you are making the Varenyky.
 

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