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Cinnamon Cheese Pierogi
 Homemade from Scratch

Okonski Family Recipe
Ed & Helen Okonski
Okonski Ancestors

Polish Cinnamon Cheese Pierogi                                 

Homemade Cheese Takes Several Days  
            Find 1 2 gallons of non-pasteurized milk from local dairy
Place milk in cleaned crock type bowls in place on counter or table
Place a good cover cloth over bowl of milk      
After 3 days, gather cream from milk and leave rest in bowl for 2 extra days
After contents sour and lumpy, drain milk/water from cheese
Scald cheese
Use tightly netted strainer or cloth sack to drain all remaining water

 Make Pierogi Dough

                    2 cup Flour  
Tbsp Salt
1 Egg
cup Cold Water

            Sift flour onto bread board
Sprinkle tablespoon of salt
Add egg
Work ingredients into dough and adding cold or lukewarm water as needed
Work dough on flour board until firm and smooth.
Dough cannot be dry or crumbly  or damp and sticky
Roll into ball and let stand for 10 minutes under a warm bowl

           Add Favorite Filling

             Sprinkle cinnamon generously into cheese
Add regular or brown sugar to taste
Optional add raisins
Mix ingredients well
 Take 1/3 of dough at a time and roll out thin
Cut dough into 2 3 inch squares
Place a Tbsp of filling on each square slightly off center
Fold in half and press edges together with clean fingers
Crimp edges to seal well
Drop small batches of pierogi into a fairly large pot of boiling salted water

            After boiling resumes, reduce heat to slow boil
Cook for 10 minutes
Test for dough being done
Remove to pan and cool with cold water

           Cooked, drained and cooled pierogi can be frozen in freezer bags
Thaw at room temperature  

            Place in skillet with real butter to brown on both sides
Serve hot and divide so everyone gets some good eating

 The Best Polish Pierogi in the World

Making Dough                                                                           Cheese Mix

Helen & Mary Ann making dough                                                      Rolling dough

Helen, rolling dough                                                                    Helen & Mary Ann rolling dough

Helen cutting dough                                                                    Mary Ann & Helen stuffing pierogi

Filled pierogi                                                                                Boiling pierogi - done when floating

Frying pierogi                                                                        Fried pierogi

Dozen fried pierogi                                                                    Dozen fried darker pierogi