Saturday, November 26, 2005

Pie with cabbage and eggs

For dough:

2 cup all-purpose flour
1 pack (250 g), or 9 oz, tvorog
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/3 lb butter (or margarine)

For filling:

3 lb cabbage (or 2 lb sliced cabbage)
3 eggs
1 pack dill
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp butter (or margarine)
Salt

Method:

Slice cabbage into short strips.
Heat skillet (or a wide, but not deep sauce pan), pour milk, and after milk is warmed up, add cabbage.
Let cabbage simmer, mixing from time to time.
Boil eggs hard, cool, clean, and grate. Cut dill.
Mix cabbage, eggs, butter, and dill.
Add salt (a little more than on your taste), and mix well.
To make dough, mix tvorog, eggs, and sugar, until sugar dissolves. Then, add melted butter, flour, baking mix, and knead the dough.
Divide into 2 pieces 1:2 sizes.
Roll out the large part of dough on dimensions of baking sheet (do not forget extra dough for edges).
Put filling evenly over it, and press a little with a spoon.
Roll out the second part of the dough, and place it over filling.
Pre-heat an oven to 390-400 F.
Squeeze the dough edges of the upper and lover dough sheets together.
Blend egg yolks, and wash the upper crust of the pie with them to cover all the dough.
Bake for about 40 minutes.
Serve hot or warm.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Sochniki

Ingredients:

For dough:

¼ lb melted margarine
2 egg yolks
4 tbsp sour cream
2 ½ cups wheat flour
1 cup sugar
Pinch of baking soda
Salt on taste

For filling:

1 lb tvorog (or farmers cheese, or ricotta)
2 egg whites
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp sour cream
Raisins and vanilla on taste (optional)

Method:

Add soda to sour cream, mix, then add all the other ingredients of dough and knead the dough.
Blend all the filling ingredients. Roll out the dough, and cut dough circles.
Put 2 tsp filling on the center of the dough circle, and pinch the edges of the dough, to get a semi-circle shape.
Preheat oven to 390 ºF, put sochniki on a baking sheet, and bake them for 20-25 minutes.

Note:
This dish was most popular in Soviet schools.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Simple Yeast Blinis

"Blinis" is just multiple of "blin".

Ingredients:

1 lb all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
3 eggs
1 tbsp butter
1 pack yeast
1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt

Method:

Warm up 1 cup milk (do not boil!), dissolve yeast in it, then add all the flour and knead the dough. Set in warm place for 1 hour.
Warm up one more cup of the milk. Add salt, sugar, egg yolks.
Blend well, and add the mix into raised dough. Blend all together, and let to stand.
Whip egg whites, and add them to a dough, blend, and cook blinis.
Blinis are not fried in fat like most foods. The purpose of the oil is to prevent sticking.
Heat the pan well, and pour in about 1 tbsp of blinis dough, then swirl about the pan until evenly spread across the bottom. After 1 minute, turn the blin over, cook again until light brown.
A blin has to be thin! If you get thick blinis, add warm milk into the dough, and blend.
Often, the first blin is thorn. Russians have a phrase, "The first blin is like a lump", or "You must spoil before you spin, practice makes perfect".
The next blinis come better after that.
Put the ready blinis on serving dish, stacked (traditionally, 1 serving is 10 blinis).
Serve with any sweet or non-sweet filling or dip.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Vareniki with cabbage and mushrooms

Ingredients for 8:

3 cups wheat flour
1 cup water
6 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb cabbage
½ lb mushrooms
1 onion
Salt on taste

Method:

Clean and wash mushrooms and boil until ready (10-15 minutes), then dry and cut into small cubes.
Slice cabbage thinly into short thin stripes, fry for 15 minutes on a pre-heated skillet with 3 tbsp oil, stirring thoroughly. Cut onions into small cubes, fry with 2 tbsp oil.
Mix cabbage, onions, salt, and set aside.
Make dough with flour, water, salt, let stand for 20 minutes in a warm place.
Roll out dough thinly, shape circles from it with cup or glass.
Put 1 tsp cabbage-mushrooms mix on the center of piece of round dough, and pinch the edges of the dough. Traditionally, vareniki have a semi-circular shape.
Boil water or broth, add vareniki in it and boil for 15 minutes on low heating or until ready.
Serve with sour cream, or sprinkle with vegetable oil and salt.