Twig Cookies

Twig Cookies Twig Cookies Khvorost means “twigs” in Russian and refers to the shape and the crunchiness of these delicious little cookies. An old favorite, they are an especially popular treat for “name days.” Each day of the Russian Orthodox calendar is associated with a saint, and people who share that saint’s name celebrate their name day, much like a birthdayIngredients – 2½ c. flour .– 2 egg yolks.– 1 egg.– ¼ c. whipping cream*.– ½ tsp. vanilla extract.– 1 tsp. non-alcoholic rum flavoring or rum extract.– 5 tsp. water.–…

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Easter Sweet Bread

Easter Sweet Bread Easter Sweet Bread Easter Sweet BreadIngredients – Dough:.– 1 package (¼ oz.) active dry yeast.– ¼ c. warm water.– ¼ c. sugar.– ½ c. warm milk.– 1 c. flour.– 8 tbsp. unsalted butter.– ½ c. sugar 8 egg yolks (save 2 egg whites)*.– 1 tsp. vanilla extract.– 2 tsp. ground cardamom.– ½ tsp. salt.– 3 to 3½ c. flour.– ⅓ c. golden raisins.– ¼ c. slivered almonds.– ¼ c. chopped candied orange rind.– (optional) Glaze:.– 1 c. powdered sugar.– 2 tsp. lemon juice.– ⅛ tsp. almond extract.–…

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Pancakes

Pancakes Pancakes Blini are a must during Maslenitsa, but they make a delicious breakfast on any day.Ingredients – 4 c. all-purpose flour.– 2 c. buttermilk.– 1 egg.– ½ tsp. salt.– 1 tbsp. sugar.– ½ to 1 c. warm water (optional).– sunflower oil for fryin. Instructions Step 1:Place flour in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add buttermilk, beating well with a spoon.Step 2:Add egg, salt, and sugar and stir until blended. Mixture should be the consistency of pancake batter. If mixture is too thick, stir in ½ c. warm water. Set…

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Raspberry Kisel

Raspberry Kisel Raspberry Kisel Kisel is a thick fruit dessert that is served chilled. Fresh raspberries make kisel a delectable summer treat.Ingredients – 1 lb. raspberries (fresh or frozen and thawed)*.– ½ c. cornstarch.– 8½ c. water.– 1 c. sugar.– whipped cream or nondairy topping. Instructions Step 1:1. If using fresh raspberries, wash in cold water and drain well. Place raspberries in a large bowl and crush well with the back of a spoon. Set aside.Step 2:2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with ½ c. water and stir until…

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Cheese Pancakes

Cheese Pancakes Cheese Pancakes Sirniki can be eaten for supper or for breakfast.They are often served with sour cream, honey, or jam.Ingredients – 2 lb. farmer cheese or ricotta cheese.– 1 egg.– ½ c. sugar, plus extra for sprinkling.– ½ tsp. salt.– 1 to 1½ c. all-purpose flour.– sunflower oil for fryin. Instructions Step 1:In a large bowl, mash cheese with a fork. Add egg and mix well. Stir in sugar and salt.Step 2:Add flour, a little at a time, until dough is firm enough to knead by hand. Continue…

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Fruit Compote

Fruit Compote Fruit Compote Kompot is a thick, sweet fruit drink that makes an excellent dessert or snack. Serve kompot in tall glasses with spoons for scooping up the fruit at the bottom.Ingredients – 1 lb. fruit*.– 6 c. water.– ½ c. to 2 c. sugar.– 1 whole cinnamon stick.– ⅛ tsp. nutmeg. Instructions Step 1:Wash fruit in cold water and cut into small pieces. Remove all pits and inedible seeds.Step 2:Place fruit in a large kettle and add 6 c. water. Bring to a boil over high heat.Step 3:Reduce…

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Spring Vegetable Salad

Spring Vegetable Salad Spring Vegetable Salad Vegetable salad goes well with a variety of dressings.This recipe is made with sour cream, but it is also delicious when made with mayonnaise or with vinegar and oil.Ingredients – 2 bunches radishes.– 1 bunch scallions.– 3 cucumbers, peeled.– 8 oz. feta cheese.– 1 tbsp. olive oil.– 1½ c. sour cream*.– ½ tsp. salt. Instructions Step 1:Wash vegetables well in cold water. Cut roots and leaves off of radishes.Step 2:Cut roots and any dried-out tips off of scallions.Step 3:Slice cucumbers and radishes into thin…

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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff Beef Stroganoff Beef Stroganoff, a dish that originated in the 1800s, was named after a member of an aristocratic Russian familyIngredients – 3 tbsp. sunflower oil.– 3 medium onions, peeled and chopped.– 1½ lb. beef (filet, tips, or tenderloin), sliced in short, thin strips.– 1 pinch salt.– 1 pinch pepper.– 2 tbsp. butter.– 2 tbsp. flour.– 1 tsp. ground dry mustard.– 1 c. beef broth (or water with bouillon).– ¼ c. sour cream fresh parsley to garnis. Instructions Step 1: Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high…

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