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russian farmer's cheese pancakes: the kgb exposed!

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Colette Z
Lost Angeles, CA

Made from a Russian farmer's cheese called tvorog, these buttery pancakes are great for breakfast, but especially good as a luscious late-night snack.

(1 rating)
yield 4 , 2 each
prep time 20 Min
cook time 20 Min

Ingredients For russian farmer's cheese pancakes: the kgb exposed!

  • 2 lb
    quark/tvorog cheese
  • 1 c
  • 2
    egg yolks
  • 1
    whole egg
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    lemon zest
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extra
  • 1 stick
  • 1 pt
    sour cream
  • 1 jar
    sour cherry jam

How To Make russian farmer's cheese pancakes: the kgb exposed!

  • 1
    Place a colander over a large bowl and cover with a piece of clean cheesecloth. Put the cheese over the cheesecloth , wrap into a tight bun and allow the whey to drain, about 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. To make the batter, discard the whey, remove the cheesecloth and place the strained cheese into the bowl.
  • 2
    Beat the yolks and egg together and add to the cheese. Add the sugar, salt, zest, vanilla and incorporate everything together using a fork. Dad finds a potato masher works well.
  • 3
    If you're not ready to eat them yet, cover the bowl with plastic and store in the fridge for up to 1 day. The dough travels well, too, if you want to take them to your daughter's house and spoil her. When you're ready to fry them, gently start heating a nonstick pan, add a dab of butter and a drizzle of oil, so the butter doesn't burn. Cut a piece of parchment paper and place it over a clean plate/tray.
  • 4
    Put some flour onto another plate/tray and cover your palms with flour. Take a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball about the size of a lime. Rest it onto one palm and with the flat of the fingers of your other hand, pat the ball down into a patty about 1/2 an inch thick.
  • 5
    Shape the rest of the pancakes. Once the butter/oil has started to bubble and brown, gently place the pancakes, one at a time into the pan. Take good care not to splatter any hot oil onto your hand.
  • 6
    After about 2 minutes, lift a pancake slightly to see how crispy brown the bottom has gotten. Flip the pancakes and rotate the pan for even heating.
  • 7
    Serve hot with cold sour cream and your favorite jam.

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