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« on: January 10, 2010 07:09:15 PM »

When I was little, I used to eat lenivye varenniki -- or lazy varenniki -- cherries and sugar wrapped in a tvorog-based dough (tvorog is a type of dairy product popular in Russia -- sort of sour and crumbly, you can eat it for breakfast with jam). Since I've moved in with my mom, she's never really had the time to make them, and I didn't know how -- and anyway, tvorog is hard to find in the U.S., so I didn't have them for years.
Recently, however, I managed to find a small Russian store nearby and buy a small package of tvorog. Add an egg, cherries, sugar, and flour-- and voila:

They were delicious.  Grin

Here is the recipe, should anyone want it:
-About 8 oz. tvorog
-1 egg
-2-4 tablespoons sugar
-about 1/2 cup flour
-About 20 cherries or so
-Flour for dusting

Pit the cherries. Mix together the tvorog, the egg, and the sugar, then add enough flour to make a sticky dough. Dust the table and  lay out the dough; pull off a small piece and stick a cherry in the middle, throw in a pinch of sugar, and wrap the dough up into a small ball. When you've made several of these, throw them into sweetened and salted boiling water and wait until they swim up. Then consume. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010 07:20:02 PM »

These look yummy, but I have a dumb question:  I'm not sure about Russian markets around me, but I KNOW I have a Ukranian market.  How likely is it that they will have what I'm looking for do you think?

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010 08:03:49 PM »

Sweetened and salted boiling water?? Please explain??
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010 08:58:58 PM »

i want to try and find the stuff to make these -- YUM!  reminds me of my trips to Ukraine...

« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010 09:54:04 PM »

Thanks. Smiley Pretty likely -- a lot of Russian recipes using tvorog originated in the Ukraine, so I imagine they'd have it readily available at a Ukrainian store.
Thebuffster -- you put a bit of salt and a bit of sugar in the water, then boil it.
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2010 02:16:41 PM »

Tvorog you can buy in most Eastern European shops, it's called varske in Lithuanian, I'm not sure about other languages, but as far as I know it's just like curd cheese. You can buy it in the UK under the name Quark too if that's any help! They look super yummy, curd cheese is amazing! I'll have to make some now - as soon as I can find cherries!

« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2010 11:17:22 PM »

These look yummy!  I saw these in a cook book once like a year ago.  Forgot all about them.  They look great!

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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2010 05:14:01 PM »

This looks yummy and really simple. How sweet are they? Are they like a dessert item?

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2010 05:16:36 AM »

They are fairly sweet, especially if you don't skimp on the sugar on the dough, but I've always viewed them as a more of a breakfast item -- I've never really seen them eaten for dessert. No harm in trying, though. Tongue
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