Syrniky (Cheesecakes). Ukrainian Recipe
½ kilo domashny syr*
2-3 tablespoons manka (a.k.a. cream of wheat)
4 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
½ cup flour
Mix all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Sprinkle flour on a plate. Covering your hands with extra flour, drop heaping spoonfuls of batter onto the plate, then form into small pancakes with your hands. Heat sunflower oil in a skillet and fry over medium heat until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Serve with smetana and fruit preserves. Preserved apricot sauce makes an especially nice accompaniment. Yields 4 servings.
*Domashny syr is the cheese that looks like cottage cheese which may be purchased in the local bazaar. Alternatively, you can find out how to make it yourself by spending time with a local babushka!
Authors: Eric and Sandra Jacobs, Economic Development, Group 28 (2005-2007)
Source: “Babushka’s Kitchen”, Volume III, Peace Corps Ukraine, Cookbook
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