Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sirniki


Sirniki is a dish served for breakfasts in the Ukraine. While researching the Ukraine, I found that they are the originators of the Easter egg. Pysanky, or the painted Easter eggs, aren't really painted at all. Beautiful designs are drawn onto them using beeswax. Often called the bread basket of Europe, it's no wonder that these cheesy pancakes came out deliciously.
You can make sirniki with either cottage cheese or farmer's cheese. If you don't have access to a decent grocery store (like me), you may not be able to find any farmer's cheese. I conquered this issue by making my own. It was fun, easy, and yummy.


FARMER'S CHEESE
8 cups whole milk
8 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup lemon juice

Brink the milk to a boil, and make sure to stir it occasionally. Once the milk reaches 190F, remove it from the heat, and add the lemon juice. Wait for ten minutes until it curdles.
Put a cheesecloth, pillowcase, or really worn down towel over a bowl. Pour the curdled milk over the towel. What is left on the towel is your cheese. The yellowy stuff in the bowl is the whey.


( I used the whey to make a yummy smoothie. I couldn't help myself from being reminded of Little Ms. Muffet eating her curds and whey. :) )


Now onto the actual meal:

SIRNIKI:
1 cup farmer's cheese
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 TBSP oil (for frying)
1/4 cup flour (for dredging)

Mix the cheese, egg,  and flour together.
Put the baking soda into a small bowl, and add the vinegar. Wait until it gets all frothy (like one of those science fair volcanoes) before adding it to the cheese mixture.
Mix it all up. Heat a skillet with the oil. Put 1/4 c. flour in a bowl. Take one tbsp of the batter, pat it out, and coat it lightly in flour, brushing off any excess.
Cook the pancakes for three minutes per side. Serve with fruit, applesauce, sour cream, or jam.

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