Blueberry pierogi are a delicious sweet kind of pierogi filled with blueberries. These traditional pierogi are a must-try in summer! You can use fresh or frozen blueberries or swap them for strawberries, cherries, or plums!
Servings 4 servings (50 small pierogi)
for the dough:
- 2 cups (250g) flour
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp (140g) water
- 1.5 tablespoons (20g) butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
for the filling:
- 1 1/2 cups (225g) blueberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon flour or corn starch
Make the dough:
Stir the flour with salt in a medium/large bowl.
Warm the water with butter/oil in a small pot until very warm but not boiling.
Add the liquid to the bowl. Stir the dough with a spoon until roughly combined.
Knead the dough by hand or with a stand mixer fitted with a hook dough attachment, until it’s soft and smooth (it will take about 5 minutes with the mixer). If you follow the recipe exactly (especially if you weigh the ingredients, instead of using measuring cups), the dough should be perfect, but if for some reason it’s not, add some water if it’s too dry, or a little bit of flour if it’s too wet. If the dough already forms a ball, is relatively smooth, but still tough, it means that it’s not ready, it must be further kneaded until soft and elastic (after resting time it will be even softer).
Wrap the dough with plastic foil and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
Shape and fill pierogi:
Divide the dough into 2 parts.
Roll out the first part of the dough on a lightly floured surface (I like silicone rolling mats). Cut out rounds with pierogi cutter/biscuit cutter/a glass. The dough should be rolled out thinly. If the dough is hard to roll out, set it aside for about 5-10 minutes to rest.
Gather scraps, cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
Make the filling: In a medium bowl, stir the blueberries with sugar and flour/corn starch. If you have regular American large blueberries you will need less flour (or even none if they are not juicy) and if you have frozen blueberries or wild smaller blueberries (European blueberries) that are very juicy and break easily, you will need to add more flour. Make the filling directly before filling pierogi, don't leave the blueberries in sugar for too long or they will release juices.
Scoop some filling with a teaspoon and place on each round.
Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Press edges together, sealing and crimping with your fingers.
Place the pierogi apart on a towel lightly sprinkled with flour, cover loosely with a kitchen cloth so they don‘t dry out.
Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Cook the pierogi in batches (for a 8-inch (21 cm) pot I cook about 10-12 dumplings at a time). When they float to the water surface cook them for 1-2 minutes, then remove from the water with a slotted spoon. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the dough.
Drain well and transfer onto a plate.
- Instead of butter, you can use vegetable oil or vegan butter.
- You can use frozen blueberries for this recipe - toss frozen berries with sugar and flour then put them back in the freezer. Take them out only when you are ready to fill your pierogi and don't let them thaw. If using wild/European blueberries, be prepared - it can get messy!
- Instead of blueberries, other fruit can also be used - strawberries, plums (season them with cinnamon), sour cherries, sweet cherries. The most popular fruits for fruit pierogi are strawberries and blueberries. Chop the fruit into smaller pieces, if they are not very juicy, you can omit adding the flour.
- You can swap half of the blueberries for Polish twarog cheese (farmer's cheese).
- How to serve blueberry pierogi: Serve them with lightly sweetened whipped cream or plain yogurt. I also like to sprinkle them with cinnamon.
- The amount of pierogi: based on the feedback that I got from the readers, the amount of pierogi you’ll get from this recipe can vary greatly! My pierogi are rather small and I like to pack them with a lot of filling, that’s why I got 50 pierogi from this recipe. This may be different for you and you can get only half of this amount.
- Calories = 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!