It's the recipe known in every Polish house.It's tradition!!!Full stop.
There are lots of different variates of pierogi.Most popular curd cheese and potato filling is served in most of Polish restaurants.But we also make them with sauerkraut and mushrooms as one of Christmas dishes or meat or fruit as a summer version of this (the most) popular dish.
350 g plain flour
30 g butter, soft, cubed
200 ml tepid water
salt, just a pinch
300g strawberries, cut into halves or quarters - depending how big they are
cream(double cream or creme de fraiche)
1.Sift the flour onto a clean surface(or in a bowl), make a well and add butter,salt,egg and pour the water slowly combining all the ingredients using your hands.Knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough is soft and elastic.
If it's still sticky add some more flour.Not too much because the dough will get too hard.
2.Divide the dough into two.Roll out the first half onto a lightly floured surface(quite thin - around 3mm),cut out circles very close together using (7cm/2,75") glass, cutter or jar.Do the same with the other half.
3.Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
4. Put a piece of strawberry on each circle,holding it in your hand, fold into a half-moon and pinch edges, forming a well-sealed crescent.Transfer each one onto a lightly floured surface.
5.Working in batches, transfer pierogi to boiling water. They will sink to the bottom(stir them carefully so they don't stick to the bottom, but be careful not to brake the dough) and then rise. Once they have risen, cook through, about 2 minutes more. Transfer pierogi to platter using a slotted spoon and drizzle tops with butter.Serve with cream and sprinkle with sugar.