April 15, 2011

Chocolate Truffles

  • 1/3-1/2 lb (150-200 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4-1/3 lb (120 g) dried milk
  • 5 tablespoons milk (liquid)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 lb (100 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cognac or liquor (optional)
  • Powdered sugar to taste
  • Ground nuts (optional)
  1. Mix sugar and the 5 tablespoons of milk, and boil for 3 minutes.
  2. Cool the mixture.
  3. Beat the egg white until foamy.
  4. To the sugar/milk mixture, add the butter, dried milk, 2/3 of the cocoa powder, and the beaten egg white.
  5. Grind everything to powder for 10 minutes (you can use a food processor).
  6. Add cognac or liquor (optional) and mix.
  7. Put the mixture in a warm place for 30 minutes, then cool.
  8. Put the rest of the cocoa (1/3 part) into a large bowl, add powdered sugar and ground nuts (optional).
  9. Take the mixture with teaspoon, roll in cocoa/powdered sugar and put in the fridge to cool. Enjoy!

April 11, 2011

Easter Cake ("Kulich")

Russian Easter Cake, Kulich, is usually baked in a tall round mould to give it its characteristic height.

  • 2 lb (1 kg) all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 lb (300 g) unsalted butter or margarine
  • 1.5 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 lb (150 g) raisins
  • Candied fruits, almonds to taste
  • Pure extract vanilla
  • Powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • Active dry yeast for 2 lbs flour
  1. In a large bowl mix the milk, yeast, and half of the flour.
  2. Let stand for 2 hours.
  3. Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
  4. Add the yolks to the dough.
  5. Beat the egg whites until foamy.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients in batches (egg whites, flour, melted butter or margarine, salt, sugar, candied fruits, almonds, raisins).
  7. Let stand a little bit.
  8. Put the dough into a greased tube pan.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 F 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost with desired frosting. Enjoy!

April 1, 2011

Chicken Noodle Soup (Vermicelli)

For this soup, you can use chicken bouillon cubes, but it is much more healthy and tasty if you make your own chicken broth!

  • 1 lb uncooked chicken
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1-2 dried bay leaves
  • Whole black peppercorns
  • Salt, ground black pepper to taste
  • Eggs (optional)
  • Fresh parsley and/or dill, to taste
  1. Put the chicken in a ~3 qt (liter) saucepan, fill it with cold water (about 3/4 full), and bring to a boil.
  2. Skim the scum continuously with a slotted spoon while it is starting to boil and continue until it comes to a full boil.
  3. Wash and peel the carrot and onion and put in the saucepan (do not chop).
  4. Add salt, black pepper (whole and ground), bay leaves, and reduce the heat to a gentle boil until the chicken is ready (will be soft inside when tested with a knife, and juices will run clear).
  5. Take out the chicken and onion. (You can strain the broth).
  6. Bring the broth to a boil again and add noodles of your choice (thin vermicelli or angel hair work best) and cook for as long as instructed on the package.
  7. If desired, boil the eggs about 10 minutes (1 egg per each serving plate).
  8. When serving, cut the chicken and add to each plate; halve the eggs and add to each plate. Sprinkle with freshly chopped dill and/or parsley. ENJOY!!!

Prunes With a Nutty Whipped Cream

This dessert is so delicious and simple that you will surely make it again!

  • 2 oz (60 g) prunes
  • 2-3 tablespoons whipping cream or sour cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 walnuts
  1. Wash the prunes and place in a saucepan; cover with hot water.
  2. Bring them to a boil and remove from heat.
  3. Cover the pan and let the prunes soak.
  4. Once cooled, core the prunes and place in a bowl.
  5. Finely chop the walnuts and sauté in a dry skillet until you can smell them.
  6. Beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer until foamy; add powdered sugar and beat until soft peaks are formed.
  7. Add the whipped cream and toasted walnuts to the prunes. Enjoy!