Homemade dough filled with a sweet cherry filling, boiled and tossed in butter. A classic Ukrainian dessert dish.
In a bowl of a mixer fitted with a hook attachment, combine 2 cups milk, 1 egg, 1 stick butter/margarine, 1 tsp salt, and 3 cups of flour. Mix at low speeds until thoroughly combined. Add 2 more cups of flour and knead until a smooth dough, that doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl forms.
In a large pot, over high heat, bring 4 quarts of water to boil. Working with about 30 vareniki at a time, drop them into the water, one at a time and mix with a spoon. Bring to a boil again and lower the heat to medium. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, after they float to the top or until soft and cooked though. Place 1-2 tablespoons butter into a serving dish. Remove vareniki from the water with a colander and into bowl with the butter. Shake the bowl to coat all vareniki with the butter and to keep them from sticking to each other. Let them sit for about 3-5 minutes, to cool slightly.
If this makes more then you can use at a time, freeze the rest on a flour dusted baking sheet, then put the vareniki in a ziplock bag, until next time.
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