What got me out of bed this morning was the thought of sour cherry vareniki. Russian dessert dumplings. For breakfast. One of the benefits of being an adult is that you can eat whatever you want for breakfast, no matter how indulgent!
The filling of these dumplings is just beautiful. As you can see, oozing red cherries – just sweet enough. What I can’t seem to get over is the heavy pastry. It’s a little doughy and seems too heavy for the filling.
I recommend trying these dumplings warm with freshly cooked, steaming hot, chocolate custard. Perhaps not very traditional, but definitely very tasty. The sweetness balances the sour cherries. The vareniki didn’t work so well cool with yoghurt and cinnamon – I think it made them all too sour.
I grabbed these dumplings from the deli at Belconnen markets, but it seems this brand – Pelmeni Pasta Pockets – is available around Australia.
Here are some cherry vareniki recipes that I hope to try making in the near future: