Instant Pot prune filling for varenyky or pyzirhky

Prune pyrizhky cut in half showing off the sticky filling

Now that we’ve made pyzirhky (or perishke) with farm cheese, potato and dill filling, this is a sweet option for the baked perishke [pear-eesh-keh].  This needs the dough for pyzirhky.  If you’re making both sweet and savory at the same time, just double that dough recipe.

The Instant Pot makes this filling basically the easiest thing ever. Throw everything into the Instant Pot while the dough rises and you’re done!

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You can also use this filling for Baba’s best varenyky or pyrohy dough. While you fit 2 prunes into each perishke, use just one prune for each pyrohy.

Let’s start with throwing everything into the Instant Pot.

Prunes in the Instant Pot with some concentrated orange juice and cinnamon sticks

Starting with a pound of prunes, add 2 cinnamon sticks and ¼ cup of frozen concentrated orange juice and 2 cups of water.  Set the Instant Pot to cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes using the Manual setting.

Cooked prunes after just 4 minutes of pressure cooking

Remove the cinnamon sticks and transfer them to your compost which will now smell amazing.

Prunes draining in a colander with cinnamon sticks someone didn't discard yet

Drain the prunes in a colander and allow to cool.

Pulling dough from the Instant Pot

Pull off a piece of dough that’s about the size of a walnut.

Three stages of pyrizhky building. Two prunes atop a circle of dough and then sealed

Place two prunes on top of the flattened piece of dough.  Seal all the edges like a pyrohe.  Tuck the edges under and place seam-side down.  Allow to rise a second time.

Unbaked pyrizhky lined up for their second rise

If you liked this recipe, try this filling in pampushky: Pampushky – Ukrainian donuts

Time saved

The original recipe for prune filling requires pre-soaking and then cooking.

  • Soaking for 4 hours to overnight – eliminated
  • Bringing to a boil and then cooking for at least 10 minutes – roughly the same

Special equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Colander

Instant Pot prune filling for varenyky or pyzirhky or pyrohy

The easiest filling ever. Use this prune filling for baked varenyky/perishke or varenyky/pyrohy. Even prune perogies!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Baking
Cuisine Ukrainian-Canadian


  • 1 pound dried prunes
  • ¼ cup frozen concentrated orange juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves optional
  • 2 cups water


  • Place the 1 pound of dried prunes, ¼ cup frozen concentrated orange juice, 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 cups of water into the Instant Pot
  • Seal the Instant Pot and set it to High Pressure using Manual for 4 minutes
  • When the time is up, release the pressure. Drain the prunes in a colander and allow them to cool before filling delicious dumplings.


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