Video:How to Make Basic Pierogi Doughwith Krystyna Rittichier
Pierogi are a staple of eastern European cuisine; they can be both sweet and savory. This video from About.com will show you how to make dough for pierogi.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Make Basic Pierogi Dough
Hi, I'm Krystyna Rittichier with About.com and today I'll show you how to make basic pierogi dough.
Pierogi are dumplings which can be stuffed with anything from meat to fruit, and are boiled and then baked or sautéed. Pierogi dough is simple to make with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.
Pierogi Dough Ingredients
For pierogi dough you will need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup water
Mix Eggs and Water for Pierogi Dough
In a large bowl, mix the eggs and the water. It is helpful to use lukewarm water and have the eggs warmed to room temperature, because this will make the dough easier to work. If you want, you can use milk instead of water. You can also add 1/2 cup of sour cream to the recipe. If you choose to do this, add the sour cream now. Just remember you will have to compensate by adding more flour later.
Add Egg Mixture to Flour Mixture
In a large bowl mix the flour and the salt. If you want, you can add softened butter to the dough. If you choose to do this, add the butter now, and work it in with a pastry blender. Now add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Work the ingredients together with a pastry blender until the liquid ingredients have been absorbed by the dry ingredients.
If you have altered the recipe, you may need to adjust the consistency of the dough. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour. If the dough is too dry, add a bit more water or milk. Pierogi dough is easy to adjust with a little patience.
Work the Pierogi Dough
Lightly flour a working surface and turn the dough on to it. Knead the dough until the ingredients are well blended. Patience is key while working the dough. The dough is finished when it is smooth and stretches without tearing.
Pierogi can be served filled with potato, meat or fruit. They can be served as an entree or as an as an appetizer; they can be baked or fried.
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