March 2, 2011

Pancakes ("Oladyi")

Pancakes Oladyi
This delicious dessert is very popular in Russia, especially during Pancake week (Shrovetide, "Maslenitsa"). It is the last week of winter and is the celebration of the coming of spring.

  • 1.1 lb all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk or water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm milk, add flour and mix.
  2. Put the batter in warm place and let rise (cover it).
  3. Then add eggs, salt, sugar, and 1 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil.
  4. Mix the batter, let it rise a second time (covered, in a warm place).
  5. Without stirring, take the batter with a large spoon (previously moistened in water), pour the batter on a hot, greased skillet, and fry on both sides until golden brown.
  6. Serve pancakes with honey, sweetened condensed milk, jam, or sour cream. ENJOY!

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