Baking

Monastery bread

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Mon, 03/06/2006 - 10:30.
Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/3 cup boiled vegetables (carrots, beets, pumpkin, etc.)
Sparkling mineral water (or water with baking soda)

Method:

Mix all ingredients, knead dough. Shape into a round bread.
Sprinkle the baking sheet with 1 tbsp flour.
Place bread in an oven pre-heated to 390-400º F and bake for about 35 minutes.

Note:

You can use grated and pressed vegetables instead of boiled ones.
This bread does not contain yeast, so it is good up to 10 days.
Do not put too much water, or your bread will feel like chewing gum.
Sometimes, this bread is called "Long-life bread", because it helps maintain the stomach’s health.

Tvorog Zapekanka

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 03/04/2006 - 10:30.
Ingredients:

2.5 lb tvorog
3 eggs
0.5 lb dried raisins
Sugar
Vanilla
1/8 lb breadcrumbs
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
Strawberry jam (or other jam)
4 tbsp condensed sweet milk (optional)

Method:

Knead dough with tvorog, sugar, vanilla, and 2 eggs.
Add flour, and knead the dough once more, until even consistency.
Soak raisins in hot water for 1 hour.
Add raisins to dough, mix.
Grease the baking form with butter.
Sprinkle the form with butter crumbs.
Put half of dough in form.
Spread jam over the dough.
Put second half of the dough in the form.
Whip egg yolk, and wash the top of the dough with it.

Optional: You can make a decoration ("waves", and so on) on the top of the dough.
Bake zapekanka in an oven preheated to 380º F for about 30-40 minutes.
Serve with condensed sweet milk, or with sour cream.

Tartlets with mushrooms

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 02/11/2006 - 11:15.
Ingredients for 4:

1 ¼ lb mushrooms
2 tbsp butter
¼ tsp salt
1 pinch ground caraway seeds
1 2 stalks shallot onions
½ bunch of parsley
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp vine vinegar
2 tbsp whipping cream
2 tbsp mayonnaise
½ cup vine jelly for decorating
Dough for 4 tartlets
¼ tsp salt
1 pinch ground black pepper

Method:

Roll out the dough. Divide into 4 parts.
Put dough in shapes for the tartlet, and shape the dough.
Bake in an oven pre-heated to 410-420º F for about 10-15 minutes (it depends on the oven).
Let cool in shapes for a while, then take tartlets from shapes, and cool.
Cut mushrooms into small pieces, and fry them with butter for 10 minutes.
Add salt and ground caraway seeds, mix, and fry for 3-5 minutes more.
Let cool.
Peel and cut onions and parsley into small pieces.
Mix vinegar, vegetable oil, salt, ground pepper; add onions and parsley to the mix.
Add mushrooms, and mix well.
Whip cream, and mix with mayonnaise.
Put mushroom mix into the tartlet, decorate with whipped cream-mayo mix, and pour small cuts of wine jelly over whipped cream.

Small potato pies

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/07/2006 - 11:25.
Ingredients:

2 lb potato
1 lb cabbage
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp butter
Salt and spices on taste
2 hard-boiled eggs (optional)

Method:

Peel potato, wash, and boil with 1 cup water until ready.
Cut cabbage into thin short pieces, fry until gold color, add water, and simmer until the water evaporates, stirring thoroughly. Cool.
Make puree, cool, and add flour and salt.
Roll out a piece of dough, and put 1 tbsp cabbage in the middle of the dough piece. Pinch the edges, and put them on a baking sheet greased with butter.
Continue until you‘ve used up the dough and cabbage.
Wash the pies' top with melted butter, and bake in an oven pre-heated to 380ºF.

Note:

You can vary the stuffing.
For example, you can add grated eggs, or fried green onions to simmer cabbage.
Or you can make stuffing with boiled and cutmushrooms mixed with spices.

Pie with nuts and apples

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 01/07/2006 - 11:10.
Ingredients:

1 ¼ lb flour
1 pack margarine
1/3 lb sugar powder
3 egg yolks
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sour cream
Vanilla sugar on taste

For apple filling:
4 lb apples
1 cup sugar
Cinnamon on taste

For nut filling:
12 lb peeled walnuts
½ cup milk
1 cup sugar
½ lb butter or margarine
2 tbsp vodka.

For decoration:
¼ lb peeled walnuts
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup water

Method:

Bring 1/3 cup water, mixed with honey and sugar, to boil.
Pour walnuts in boiling water; boil with medium heat for 7 minutes.
Take out walnuts and drain.

Sift flour mixed with baking powder.
Add melted margarine, yolks, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla sugar.
Knead dough. Let sit in a cool place.
Divide the dough into 3 equal parts, and bake 3 sheets for 15 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 380-390ºF. After 7 minutes, cover one of the sheets with walnut decorating, and continue baking.
Peel apples, remove seeds, cut or grate, mix with sugar, and cook until brown color.
Grate walnuts.
Mix milk and sugar, and bring to boil.
Pour hot milk over the walnuts, mix, and cool.
Whip mild butter or margarine.
Continue whipping, and add walnut pasta by tablespoons.
Add vodka, and whip well.

Put 1 sheet put on a kitchen surface.
Put all ready apple paste over it evenly.
Cover with another sheet.
Pour all walnut paste over it evenly.
Cover with the third sheet (with decoration), and press evenly and carefully.

Note:

This pie is tastiest on the day after cooking.

Pie with cabbage and eggs

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 11/26/2005 - 00:46.
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.

Sochniki

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Wed, 11/23/2005 - 23:44.
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:

Simplest apple pie “Charlotte”

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 10/22/2005 - 00:24.
Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs

Method:

Stir sugar and eggs then mix this with flour, knead the dough.
Peel and cut apples into small cubes, put them in greased baking form.
Pour the dough over them and shake the form (the dough has to be on the form’s bottom too.
Bake in an oven on low heat.

“Zapekanka” – Tvorog – cream wheat baked pudding

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 10/15/2005 - 00:12.
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

Ponchiki

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 09/24/2005 - 10:26.
Every University student of the Soviet Union knew this very cheap and very tasty dish perfectly. “Ponchiki” are lighter and fluffier analog of doughnuts, and Soviet student ate them with coffee. Although a serving of “ponchiki” is ready in about 1 minute, this was not fast food in the general sense, because they cooked it only from freshly prepared dough.

Traditional Russian “ponchiki”:

Ingredients:

1 cup milk
2 cup flour
1 egg