Belarusian cuisine has developed through centuries, with its roots stretching to antiquity. It is very varied and shares its origins with the culinary traditions of other Eastern and Northern European nations. Belarusian cuisine is very close to Lithuanian and Polish, with traces of Russian, Ukrainian, German, Italian, and French influences. However, it does not mean that Belarusian food cannot be considered authentic. On the contrary, the ancestors of modern Belarusians just borrowed the best ideas from their neighbors and adapted them to meet their own preferences.
These appetizing varenyky with a delicate fruit filling are a perfect­teatime treat.
For example, varenyky were traditionally thought to be a Ukrainian dish; however, they were borrowed from the Turks and slightly modified. Varenyky have never been considered traditional Belarusian food, but at the same time they have always enjoyed great popularity throughout the country. Belarusians have their native dishes of dough stuffed inside, such as kaldyny and pieliuchi. These dishes have savory fillings of mushrooms, fish, meat or vegetables. The Bela­rusians like varenyky as a sweet dish, with sweet fillings, such as cottage cheese, fresh berries or jam.

Varenyky is an easy make-ahead dish. They can be frozen to be cooked when needed — just put the frozen varenyky into boiling water to make this attractive time-saving dish. However, the main reason to cook this warming and ultimate comfort food is its delicious taste.

For the dough

  • 200 g semi-fat cottage cheese
  • 200 g sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 kg wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 tsp salt

For the filling
  • fresh or frozen cherries, stones removed
  • sugar
  • ground cinnamon

For the sour
cream sauce
  • 3 g gelatin
  • 1 glass water
  • 500 g sour cream
  • sugar
  • ground vanilla
Preparation method:
Combine the flour, cottage cheese, sour cream, two eggs, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix to make soft dough, then set aside in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
For the filling, mix the cherries, cinnamon and sugar.
For the sour cream sauce, soak the gelatin in warm water and bring to the boil. Add the sugar, sour cream, vanilla. Mix well and then leave the sauce to cool.
Roll out the dough, and brush it with the remaining beaten egg to glaze. Using the cookie cutter of your choice, cut out 8 to16 circles (depending on the size of the cutter). Place the berry filling in the center of each circle, fold in two, flour and join the ends to stick together.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the prepared varenyky and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
Arrange the varenyky on a warm serving dish, pour the sour cream sauce over it and serve immediately.

I have been managing Priorbank since 1990 and I can point out that the Bank has been consistently showing positive financial performance, gaining traction, expanding its loan portfolio and increasing its investments in the Belarusian economy.

Raiffeisen Bank consciously came to Belarus as an investor and experience shows that due to the country's potential we are here for a long time. I can say with certainty that Belarus possesses a comfortable investment climate with relatively low competition. This is clearly evident from the success of our Austrian stockholder, the RZB Group. For all the thirteen years of operation in the Belarusian market Raiffeisen has been receiving a steady income. Moreover, Priorbank is by many indicators the most efficient bank in the Group. There is a simple explanation for it.

I mean European technologies and an approach to doing business that fits perfectly into the transparent "rules of the game" created for business in Belarus. Furthermore, our human resources, with the high operational discipline and professionalism of our Belarusian management, ensure excellent performance.

The advantage of Belarus for foreign businesses is a developed legal framework that gives certain preferences for investors. The vector chosen for the development of the country's economy enables us to make accurate predictions, reduce risks and plan further development of the business.

I think that the formula for a successful business in Belarus is the ability to manage properly all the opportunities that the country offers.

I believe that even the most daring business project can begin to "sparkle" with prospects like a delicious dish with a harmonious taste.

As for my business recipe, first and foremost, it includes love for the business, passion and fervor.

If you ask me about my favorite dish, I will undoubtedly say it is varenyky. Why so? The answer is quite simple. It is like in business — first of all, you need to make an effort, be a bit persistent, add love and patience to cook varenyky, and in the end you get an unusually delicious dish.

Priorbank OJSC is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International AG, which owns 87.74% of stocks. Priorbank ranks as a systemically important financial institution of Belarus. The Bank is a market leader in the field of financial innovation. It was one of the founders of the national card system BELKART. The Bank initiated the integration of modern developments in the field of cashless settlements and electronic banking systems into the Belarusian banking sector. It was the first bank in the country that issued international plastic cards Visa and MasterCard. The Bank was repeatedly named the Bank of the Year according to the ratings of such influential journals as The Banker, Euromoney, and EMEA Finance.

Raiffeisen Bank International AG is a leading corporate and investment bank in the financial markets of Austria and Central and Eastern Europe, which operates an extensive network of subsidiary banks, leasing companies and a range of providers of other specialized financial services.

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