I am going to be honest with you. I have been determined to get a a good recipe for these mostly because I love the name. They are good, don’t get me wrong, especially when they are fresh. But the name is just the best. In Polish blueberries are called jagody, so it’s just a cute word for blueberry buns. It’s a little harder in English because it doesn’t have as many ending options of making something cute, but it would be like saying blueberry bunsies, cute little blueberry buns.
Another thing I will be honest about is that these are more popular in the Spring and early Summer when blueberry season first starts. This year I was a little late at making these the way I wanted and I was late to go blueberry picking in Indiana like I try to do every year. But, I did go and now I have a freezer full of blueberries! And actually these are perfect with defrosted blueberries, I think because they turn jammy better when baked.
They are easier than you think, just like with any yeast dough you gotta stick around and watch it, because it’s alive! The folding can also be tricky, I had many a leaked jagodzianki.
3 cups packed all purpose flour (or 500g)
1 cup milk
1 tbsp instant dry yeast
8 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 stick of European style butter (113g, 8 tbsp), softened
3 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, defrosted
2 tbsp potato starch
for the crumble:
3 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp cold butter
5 tbsp flour
1 egg for brushing
– heat the milk until it is lukewarm, not more than 100º F. mix in a little bit of the sugar and all of the yeast and let it sit until it blooms.
– mix the flour, and add the rest of the 4 tbsps of sugar in a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, or in a big bowl with a large spoon. add the milk mixture and mix on low in the stand mixture or continue with a spoon if you have a bowl instead. add the egg and keep mixing until incorporated, possibly using your hands if not in a stand mixer.
– add the softened butter a bit at a time and knead or mix it in. mix or knead for about 15 minutes, you want the dough to be very soft and elastic. cover it in a bowl and let it sit in a warm place for about an hour.
– make sure there is no more liquid in the de-frosted blueberries and mix the blueberries with the sugar and starch.
– once it doubles in size take it out of the bowl. divide the dough into about 12 even balls. flatten each ball on a floured surface and place about 2 tbsp of blueberries on the dough. pinch four sides together to make a little sack to cover the berries. really pinch the sides and twist the top slightly, and fold it in. really make sure there is no space for liquid to leak through and place it twist side down on a lined baking sheet.
– repeat with all of them and let them sit for about half an hour.
– pre-heat the oven to 375º.
– make the crumble by mixing the flour and sugar first in a bowl. cut the cold butter into small pieces and add it to the flour. mixing with your hands or a fork, but probably ending up with your hands, mix the crumble. beat the egg and set aside.
– once the little balls have rested, brush with the egg and sprinkle some crumble on top. bake for about 25-30 minutes.