Lazy Vareniki

Lazy Vareniki

Well known and all time favorite Ukrainian breakfast dish.Lazy vareniki is like traditional cheese filled vareniki but simplified by combining all ingredients together in a bowl.It’s made of quick dough, cut into small pieces and cooked in boiling water.Tossed with lots of butter and served with sour cream.If desired,you can make simple sour cherry *sauce (sooo good) or strawberry sauce and pour it over vareniki.

*I found frozen sour cherries at my local European/Russian store.

2 cups farmers cheese(tvorog)*

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1  1/2 cups flour

6 tablespoons butter melted (for serving

sour cream (serving)

Sugar (serving)

Large pot and water for boiling

You can substitute ricotta cheese or cottage cheese,but you will need to adjust flour.

Sour cherry sauce-

1 cup frozen sour cherries

1/4 -1/2 cup sugar (sweetness to your liking)

1 tablespoon corn starch


Strawberry sauce-




1.Combine tvorog,eggs,sugar,salt in a bowl using stand mixer,spoon, or fork.

2.Add flour and mix to combine.If dough is too sticky,add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. It should be soft,not tough.

3.Divide dough into four sections.


4.On a well floured surface, roll a long rope/snake.*

5.Cut the rope into 1/2 inch pieces.

6. Bring water to boil and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

7.Throw in vareniki one by one.(don’t over crowd ,cook in batches if needed)

8.When vareniki begin to float on top,cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Drain the water.Transfer to a mixing bowl and toss with melted butter and sugar.

Serve with sour cream and/or with desired sauce (below).

*If you want to be lazier then lazy….use a teaspoon to drop the dough in the water.

Sour cherry sauce-

Place cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan.

When sugar has melted,and begins to simmer, take 3 tablespoons of juice from the sauce pan to a cup.

Add cornstarch to the cup with sour cherry juice.Mix well.

Stir in cornstarch mixture with sour cherries and cook until liquid thickens a little.

lazy vareniki


Strawberry sauce-

Slice strawberries.

Combine strawberries with sugar in a small sauce pan.

Cook stirring until sugar is dissolved (try not to overcook).


To reheat;melt a little bit of  butter in a pan.Throw in cooked vareniki.Saute until golden in color.

Lazy Vareniki




tvorog cheese cake


Zapekanka is a russian style cheese cake consisting of tvorog(farmers cheese) or ricotta cheese.This recipe is delicious and perfect for breakfast or for a dessert after lunch or dinner.It has only three ingredients which makes it very easy to make and serving it with strawberry or raspberry sauce is optional.