Saturday, October 15, 2005

“Zapekanka” – Tvorog – cream wheat baked pudding

Tvorog is a product of sour milk. The closest American analog is cottage cheese with small curds, but it has a different taste.
You can buy (or at least find out where to buy) tvorog in any Russian store.

Ingredients for 2:

1 pack of tvorog (250 g). or ½ lb cottage cheese.
2 eggs
3 tbsp (or 1 pack) cream wheat, or bread crumbs
1 tbsp sugar
½ cup raisins
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp lemon juice
Vanilla on taste
Kefir or sour cream
1 tbsp margarine

Method:

Mix tvorog, or cottage cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
Mix baking soda and lemon juice, wait until the mix stops hissing, and pour the mix over tvorog.
Stir or blend until sour cream consistency.
If you don’t get this consistency, add kefir, yogurt, or sour cream, and blend.
Preheat oven to 380 F.
Grease a baking form with margarine. Pour cream wheat on the bottom and the walls of the form.
Pour the tvorog mix into the form, and bake until the top of the baked pudding has a light brown or golden color (for about ½ hour). Let to cool a little.
To serve, cut into pieces, and place on the serving dish; for best taste, have a small plate filled with a sweet preserve (jam, for example) for dipping.

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