Eden Bistro, located in the Eden Boutique Hotel, is one of Tel Aviv’s newest and most highly rated restaurants, offering innovative Eastern European cuisine with an Israeli flare, and perfectly positioned just an arm’s reach from the Carmel outdoor food market and Mediterranean Sea.
In celebration of Tel Aviv’s buzzing summer months, Eden Bistro has offered a quick and easy recipe for “Sweet & Sour Cherry Vareniki,” a coveted dish popular in Russia and Ukraine, straight from the family cookbooks of Eden Bistro owners Sergey Solovyov and Michael Ustinov.
Sweet & Sour Cherry Vareniki (yields 100)
1 teaspoon salt
17 ounce flour
1.5 lb sour cherries
1/2 cup dry red wine
Dash of cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream
- Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil, and add one teaspoon of salt. Slowly mix in 5.6 ounces of flour and add additional 2 cup water at room temperature. Add two eggs, one by one, while slowly adding an additional 11.4 ounces of flour, stirring until all ingredients are soluble. Refrigerate for 40 minutes.
- Thoroughly wash sour cherries, removing all pits. Sift under water and gently press cherries, letting juices drip into a glass bowl. Add 3-4 tablespoons of brown sugar to the cherry liquid, and place under a low flame to create reduction. Add 1/2 cup dry red wine and a dash of cinnamon.
- Remove pastry from fridge, and use roller to flatten to approximately ½ inch each. Use small glass cup and press dough to create circular portions. Add a dash of brown sugar to the bowl of cherries, and place three cherries into the middle of each dumpling, and press all corners to contain ingredients. Boil dumplings in water for approximately two minutes each. Place three vareniki on each plate, and cover with crème fraîche, teaspoon of cherry sauce and vanilla ice cream.
This recipe is sure to be a family fave for all! It looks great and tastes even better! Enjoy!