Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My attempt to alter one old Russian recipe

I like these Russian cheese cakes. Here is the list of ingredients:
  • ·         500 gr of Farmer’s cheese (has to be fine paste so grind cheese in meat grinder)
  • ·         1 egg
  • ·         3 Table spoons of sugar
  • ·         Vanilla, salt and lemon zest (to taste)
  • ·         All Purpose Flour 
  •       Butter

They have a shape of pancakes or hamburgers; the only difference is that they are made out of Farmer’s cheese. I try to avoid consuming sugar, white bread, white rice, white everything… due to being pre-diabetic. According to my doctor, I can eat anything I want in what I call “mild” quantities in one sitting (does that mean I can have many sittings per day? How many?). Mild is good… however I like chocolate and good fat creamy ice-cream. As much as I can, I try to use sugar substitute, brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole wheat flour, etc.  Yesterday I made an attempt to alter this old Russian recipe and here what I got:
  • ·         1 Lb of Ricotta cheese (already fine paste)
  • ·         1 Egg
  • ·         1 Tb spoon of sweet and low
  • ·         Vanilla, salt and lime
  • ·         Whole wheat flour
  • ·         Olive oil
        1. Mix all ingredients. Add enough flour so the mix doesn’t stick to your hands.
       2.  Place some flour on the flat surface (I use a HUGE butcher’s board).
       3.    Spoon cheese mix into that flour, roll in your hands and form a pancake shape.    

        4.     Heat some butter (I used olive oil) on your frying pan.
        5.   Place cheese cakes and fry on medium until golden brown.

        6.       Serve warm. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (sugar substitute). Sour cream on the side.

I like them with pancake syrup but I use organic blue agave (a low glycemic organic sweetener).

Do you want to know if it tasted the same as the original recipe? It was not bad but NOPE, not the same. I am willing to sacrifice for some real chocolate and ice-cream !!!

P.S. There something special about August 17. 22 years ago I came to this wonderful country, which gave me so much! YEY to my 22!!!


  1. Well, atleast you tried to recreate the recipie. Me.....I would just stick with the chocolate!!!

  2. Good try. I use Blue Agave, too. The artifical sweeteners taste 'off' to me.

  3. it's always fun seeing how cooking creations turn out...I agree with bounty, I need my dark chocolate.

  4. Wow...22 years here :) That's great! The recipe sounds great (well, at least the original ;)) Thanks for sharing!

  5. I so get changing your fave recipes. I'm vegan, so I tend to vegan-fy (tee,hee, pun intended) stuff I grew up with. Keep trying. Great post!

    - Melina : D

  6. I'm sure if you make it again, it will be closer to the original. Keep trying!

  7. Congratulations on your 22 years here! Keep trying with the recipe... I'm sure you'll get it the way you like.

  8. Boy those look GREAT! Congrats on 22 years in the US, what a milestone!

  9. Yay! I love cooking experiments! Nice to see I'm not the only one that plays with her food :)

    Happy 22nd Anniversary of your arrival!

  10. I love recipes that have pictures of each step! Way to go!

  11. I love to tweek recipes...although I usually add chocolate!!!
    Happy 22nd Anniversary!

  12. Congrats on the 22!!!
    And the recipe looks good.

  13. Maybe it's not the same but it's still looks good :)

  14. Congratulations on your 22nd anniversary. Some great ideas for low glycemic items.

  15. Well, at least you tried. I have yet to find a good fudge recipe with a sugar substitute! ...and life just isn't worth living without chocolate!

  16. You did a good job trying. It looked so dang good.