Dessert

Thank You X 101 – Chocolate Strawberry Pierogi

Thank You X 101…..

strawberry perogi2Today I would like to start out by thanking everyone who has stopped by my blog. This morning my subscription counter rolled over to 101 followers. I appreciate all of the support, and comments, that everyone has left since I started a little over 7 months ago. A fellow blogger, Nikki, over at The Richness of a Simple Life started having regular “meet and greets” on her blog when she reached 100 followers. Ever since I met Nikki my followers have just boomed. I told her that when I reached 100 that I would also start hosting “meet and greets” to give back some of the love to fellow bloggers just like she is doing. (I believe we initially met during one of Danny’s meet and greet weekends at Dream Big Dream Often) So, in saying that, I will be hosting my first “meet and greet” hopefully before April 1. Keep your eyes open!

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Ragged dough – 5 minute rest

 

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Sticky dough – 15 minute rest

 

I thought it would be fun to do a recipe today that might be a little out of the ordinary. My poor Polish grandmother would probably roll over in her grave if she knew I made this. I really like potato and onion pierogi, but those are pretty common, so today in lieu of my little celebration I thought I would dress them up a bit. I decided to make a dessert version of Pierogi. I know that there are others out there, but I haven’t run across one quite like this. I started off with a basic, traditional Pierogi dough that I sweetened up a bit. I stuffed them with beautifully ripe strawberries, and grated dark chocolate. I chose to top them with vanilla yogurt and some leftover grated chocolate, but you can get super creative and top them with anything you like. You could go a more traditional route of sour cream, or ricotta with honey. (You can also freeze some for later!)

 

strawberry perogi11strawberry perogi9When I did my research on Pierogi dough I read that it can finicky, and time consuming. I didn’t find an issue with either. I actually found it to be very easy, and it didn’t take long at all. I will admit, I took a little shortcut at the end of the dough process, and it saved time and some calories. I like saving both. 🙂 Really the most time consuming part of the process was filling them, but even that didn’t take to awfully long. Most recipes will tell you to use water to seal your dough after you fill it, but I can tell you that when you have some juice from the fruit that gets on the dough it makes it really sloppy if you try to add more water, and then they get limp and don’t want to stick together. I learned this early on in my little Pierogi adventure.

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Diced Strawberries

 

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Grated Chocolate

 

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Boiling

 

 

I’d like to also note that due to the size I made (I used the mouth of a drinking glass) I made 13 Pierogi, so this recipe yields 4 servings, plus one little leftover. We will say that is a taste test for the cook. 😉

strawberry perogi3Overall I would say this is a fairly simple dessert, and from start to finish it only took about 40 minutes. That includes the 20 minutes (5 min and 15 minute) rest time for the dough. I just did other stuff while I was waiting. Between preparing the strawberries, and grating the chocolate, you don’t have much down time during the process. I found that while potato Pierogi taste better hot, these taste better after they cool. The flavor of the strawberries and chocolate are really muted when they are warm and they are actually pretty blah. Once they cool it changes them into a whole new food, with an amazingly brilliant taste. These are easy enough you can make them for yourself, or your family, yet impressive enough you can serve them to guests. Any way you choose to top them, or who you choose to serve them to, make sure that you have time to sit back, relax, and enjoy!

What is your favorite filling?

Chocolate Strawberry Pierogi

By Angie Gouchenour

 

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4 servings

Ingredients

Dough

1 c flour (I used all-purpose white)

Pinch of Sea Salt

2 teaspoons Truvia zero calorie sweetener

¼ cup milk – hot (I used 1%)

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon water

Filling

5 medium strawberries – sliced, then diced

1 teaspoon Truvia

½ square dark chocolate – grated

Directions

In a small bowl combine sliced strawberries with the Truvia; set aside

In a separate bowl (or just grate it on the counter like I did) grate your dark chocolate; set aside

In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, Truvia, and hot milk. Stir until the flour and milk combine into a ragged dough. Cover with a towel for 5 minutes to rest

After the 5 minutes add the water and stir until the dough comes together into a sticky dough instead of ragged. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes

On a floured surface knead the dough several times and roll out a little thinner than you would roll cookie dough

Using the rim of a drinking glass cut out circles. Smash scraps together, reroll, and cut the rest (Made 13 circles)

Take the strawberries and chop them into little squares (I found this releases more juice that won’t make the pierogi soggy then just dicing them from the beginning)

Add a tiny scoop of strawberries to the center of each circle and then sprinkle with grated chocolate

Fold the circle over into a half moon and press around the edges with your fingers

Add to a pan (I used a fry pan. I find a shallow pan works best so they don’t stick together) of boiling water, don’t over crowd. You know they are done when they float

Drain and cool before eating and topping

Enjoy!

1 serving (3 pierogi) 120 calories

Dough Modified from Tasting Poland

 

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18 thoughts on “Thank You X 101 – Chocolate Strawberry Pierogi

  1. First, congrats on reaching 100+ followers! That’s awesome)
    Oh, and Pierogi, my childhood food. I am from West Ukraine. My hometown, Lviv, is very close to Polish border. I also have Polish roots but back in the past generations. Actually, Ukrainian and Polish cuisines are quite similar.
    I’ve just posted today about traditional Ukrainian food, Nalysnyky, that my grandma would made. And, here I came across your Pierogi 🙂 I’ve been so thankful for the comment you’ve had left to that post, and now I am thankful even more for reminding me about one of my favorites foods from my childhood. You’ve made my day twice!
    The variation with strawberries looks like a nice choice for the warmer weather coming up. A wonderful thing about Pierogi that the next day they taste even better.
    I am looking forward to your Meet and Greet in April.

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    1. Thank you so much! Since you grew up with them I hope that they hold true to the main traditional idea. 🙂 The dough was so easy and turned out so good I’m going to try different fillings. And your recipes are so inspiring! I wish that I could make them all. 🙂 I really look forward to your recipes each day, you are an amazing cook/artist!

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  2. Looks amazing! Who doesn’t like strawberries and chocolate together!! Looks like a winner. I think I can actaully make this for the family. Looks a bit fancy.

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    1. Thank you Missy! That is the great thing about these… they LOOK fancy, and TASTE fancy, but they are easy! Another recipe that can keep everyone in awe and you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen. 🙂

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  3. I’m so excited for you! You must feel great seeing your hard work pay off with your first big blogging milestone! I can’t wait to attend your first meet and greet! I’m so glad we connected through Danny. I love seeing the recipes you post and conversing with you. This recipe looks divine and I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for the shut out, I appreciate it. Keep those wonderful recipes coming with the personal touch you give it and you will be celebrating your next milestone in no time! Congrats again 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I never had either so I looked around to make sure I wasn’t defiling a traditional pierogi 😉 and they had other versions so I made up this one. Give it a try some time. As another foodie stated, “they are better the next day” and they sooooo are. 🙂

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