Friday, September 17, 2010

from mom's kitchen

i absolutely love these griddle cakes. if i am lucky, mommy makes them a couple times a week for me and Nini. they are kind of like pancakes only much tastier. they're so delicious that they usually don't even get a chance to cool around here. Nini and i stand right next to mommy and snatch them up as soon as they're lifted from the pan. and the best part - they're good for you because they're made with farmer's cheese instead of loads of flour. and, they are the perfect vehicle for sour cream, which i adore.


2 large eggs
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
*16 oz (1 package) large curd farmer's style cheese
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour plus 3 tbsp for dusting
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp corn or vegetable oil
2 tbsp butter


1. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, salt, sugar, and vanilla extract.
2. Add the farmer's cheese to the mixture and stir all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
3. Add the 3/4 cup of flour and baking soda to the bowl and work it into the batter just to combine.

4. Form the cakes one at a time by taking a full tablespoon of dough and dropping it into a shallow bowl with the remaining 3 tbsp of flour. Roll the dough in the flour until the surface is covered and the dough is no longer sticky.

5. Take the dough into your hands and form a ball by rolling it in between your palms.
6. Softly flatten the ball into a disk about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
7. Heat the vegetable oil and butter in a non-stick skillet over low heat until the butter is melted.
8. Gently arrange the cakes in the pan in one layer and fry over low heat. Do not overcrowd.

9. Fry the cakes until they are golden brown on both sides. Repeat with the remainder of the cakes. Add more oil and butter to the pan if the pan looks a little dry between each frying.
10. Let the cakes cool for a couple of minutes before serving.
11. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, your favorite preserves or both.

Yield: 15 2 1/2 inch cakes

* You can find farmer's style cheese (Tvorog) in international stores and markets. Recommended brand - Ludwig Dairy's farmer's style cheese.
recipe © diaper style memoirs

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