Moscow breakfast with (Bela)Russian pancakes

Tasty Russian pancakes
Tasty Russian pancakes

While I was in Moscow visiting Alena I also tried to learn some Russian cuisine or at least pretend to. While it seems quite difficult to get the exact type of cheese that was used to make these pancakes, they however, still taste quite delicious with sour cream and jam – right now, its plum season, so I actually eat them with plum jam.

Here I write up a recipe that is somewhat similar, however, as it appears we can not get the exact type of ingredients back home in Germany – so it requires some trying out.

Basically, the recipe is something like this.

  1. Put together about 250 grams of dried Quark or Cottage Cheese – it may have up to 10% fat, I try to use quark with only 0.2% fat and it works out quite fine, except for the slight sour note due to the Quark. You should try to get dry Quark which does not contain too much water.
  2. Add three to four spoons of sugar (you can even use liquid sweetener, to reduce the calorie count). Add cinamon as you wish – I like a combination of quite a fair amount of cinnamon – two tablespoons and some
    The ideal light breakfast to start the day. Note the Vodka and the Baileys bottle in the back.

    vanilla extract.

  3. Add one egg
  4. Add flour, about 100 grams – but you can vary in the amount, you should see that the dough does not get too thick.
  5. Add some baking pouder (1 teaspon) and a hint of salt.
  6. Now all you need to do now is to mix this into a nice dough – I usually only used a big spoon. It is a good exercise early in the morning.

And here you go. All that is left is heating the pan with some oil or butter and you are ready to go with cooking those delicious pancakes.

I also tried slight variations – such as filled ones, filled with Light breakfast in Moscowcherries (for this, the dough needs to be quite thick) or filled with blueberries. However, I also made a salty version with onions and ham, with some pepper. After some trying out, they all turned out to be delicious.

However, the traditional ones are best eaten with sour cream and some jam. Very very tasty!

Ok…here is a small update. I wrote that I tried to make salty ones. For the dough I used 250 grams of 0.2% fat quark and 200 grams of 10% fat “Schichtkäse” (its basically a Quark with less water but more fat). Then I added some salt, black pepper and onions and ham.
They turned out to be quite good. I made some meatballs and ate all together with fried Zuccini. For the Zuccini – make sure to use only little oil, as they would just suck up the fat. Then add quite a fair amount of garlic, salt, black pepper and some herbs, whatever is in the garden.
The sweet pancakes salty cousin.

3 thoughts on “Moscow breakfast with (Bela)Russian pancakes”

  1. Thank you, that wasreally interesting. Actually,I was born in Moscow in 1974 but my mother and I fled the country and settled here to Britain. Honestly, I didnt really care much about my russian history until my mother died recently, now I’ve been trying to find out as much as I possibly can. Seemed like food was as good a place as any to start from! You dont generally hear much about russian cooking do you? Anyway, I found a lot of russian recipes here that your readers might be interested in .

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