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Russian Milk Shortbread (Molochnyi Korzhik)

Milk shortbread is a simple nostalgic cookie which for decades has been popular in Russian canteens and school cafeterias. A simple comforting and huge cookie is a dream with a cup of tea or a glass of milk.

Nothing fancy or over the top, with slightly crunchy edges and soft middle, this cookie will give sweet comforting memories to many.

The recipe has specific measurements. If you don’t have kitchen scales – I most definitely recommend it. It will save you lots of calculations and converting. Plus will give an extra fun side to the cooking process, you can pretend to be an old-fashion druggist taking his job seriously 🙂

 Ingredients:

Milk – 80 gr

Sugar – 200 gr

Margarine – 100 gr

Egg – 1

Flour, sieved – 400 gr

Vanilla sugar – 2 gr

Soda – 2 gr

Baking powder – 4 gr

 Method:

  1. Warm up milk, and add sugar. Mix in untill the sugar melts, preventing boiling. Take the milky syrup off the heat. Add margarine, mix it in to melt and leave the mixture to cool down.
  2. Set the stove to 200 C.
  3. Mix in an egg and soda, baking powder and vanilla sugar, mix well. Gradually add flour, mixing it with a fork at first, and then use your hands. Put the dough for 15 minutes into the fridge, for the dough to cool down, this will make it easier to work with.
  4. Roll the dough out. Traditional width of the piece of dough is a little less than 1 cm – this will make soft korzhiki. For crunchier once, you can roll the dough thinner. Cut out the cookies. Collect the dough leftovers and roll them out too, for the other set of cookies.
  5. Place the korzhiki on the tray lined with baking paper, do not place them too tightly. Optionally, you can cover the cookies with an egg wash.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, do not allow for them to get too golden.

Korzhiki are served cold.

Russian maslenitsa Groningen

Maslenitsa Festival held in Groningen

Russian maslenitsa Groningen
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On 19 February 2015 the Centre for Russian studies organized an event “Maslenitsa”. The guests had an opportunity to listen to the lecture “Maslenitsa – het Slavische Nieuwjaarfeest” (Maslenitsa – the Slavic New Year Festival) by the chef Ilona Cherepanova and try traditional pancakes with various dips and jams.

Maslenitsa is a huge event in many Slavic countries. The week filled with various events and traditions takes place before the Lent fasting. Many fun activities and traditional elements (for example, pancakes, winter games and Lady Maslenitsa dummy) are an integral part of this week. The bright scene of Maslentisa is featured in the movie “The Barber of Siberia”.

Ilona Cherepanova, the chef for Russische Culinair, told the guests a detailed story about Maslenitsa week, with interesting facts and the week’s traditional fun schedule. Ilona’s lecture also touched upon the way Masenitsa is represented in art and culture, movies and paintings.[/ezcol_2third_end]

The guests, who totaled around 30 people – the Dutch nationals and former USSR expats, could enjoy homemade pancakes with tea to have the real taste of Maslenitsa.  Alongside pancakes there were other traditional Russian tea-time treats, provided by the Russian shop Vjatka in Groningen, for example, zefir and gingerbread.

The organizers were helping to create a warm and friendly atmosphere for the guests.

Organizers and sponsors

Centre for Russian studies is open on the basis of the University of Groningen since 29 June 2010. The Centre’s main focus is on the study of Russia and in particular on the study of Russian-Dutch relations.

Ilona Cherepanova, chef for the Russische Culinar, specializes in culinary master-classes.

MyRussianFood.com and Russische specialiteiten Vjatka acted as sponsors of the event.

Photograps – credit of Lyuda Stinissen http://www.lsfotografie.nl/

Bogatir Russian shop in Rotterdam

Address: Hoogstraat 44a Rotterdam

Metro Oostplein

Tel: 010-4149913

Website: http://www.bogatir.nl/

Hours: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 19:00

The Russian shop Bogatir is located in Rotterdam. This spacious shop offers delicious food products of great quality.

Sausages, pate, cured meats and other flavourful meat delicatessen made with a traditional twist.

Russian shop Bogatir in Rotterdam
Comforting and intriguing Russian sweets can be found in this Russian shop in Rotterdam as well: the shelves are full with such treats like multi-layer fluffy and crunchy waffles, gingerbread, bubliki, zephyrchocolate, honey, jamcookies and what not. Ask the shop owners what would be a nice company for a cup of tea or a glass of milk.

They also have a large selection of beverages and spirits: wine, beers, vodka, brandy, brandy, rum, congac, rum, raki. For all your purchases you’ll get a nice Russian-themed carrier bag!

Russische TELEGA shop in Beverwijk

Shop was opened in March 2011.

Address: Koningstraat 22, 1941BD

Beverwijk , Nederland

Tel:  0619835003, 0627022669, 0626393074

email: telega@europe.com

Website: http://telega.ucoz.es/shop

Opening times:  open seven days a week

Mon,Tue,Wed,Sat: с 10.00 до 19.00,

Thu, Fri: с 10.00 до 20.00 ,

Sun: 10.00 до 17.00
Russian shop in Beverwijk Russische Telega

Russian shop “Russische Telega” is located at Koningstraat 22 1941 BD, Beverwijk nearby a bus station and railway station. It offers food products, groceries and both soft and alcoholic beverages from East-European countries. The selection of products varies from dairy products to sausages and meats, with pickles, cereals, sweets and cakes also available. You can get a pack of pelmeni or vareniki dumplings, which would be a great TV-dinner. Or you can treat yourself to healthy gluten-free buckwheat, ideal side-dish (or a meal on its own), and then enjoy a cup of tea with gingerbread and other Russian sweets.

What’s more, you can also find here healing herbs and holistic medicine products such as oak bark, Kurilian herbal tea, chaga mushroom, various essential oils (cedar oil, castor oil, camphor oil) as well as Kuznetsov’s acupressure mat. In this Russian shop in Beverwijk you can also buy an Aura HD multimedia player providing you with online access to television shows in Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and more. Russische Telega is an official dealer of Kartina.TV – television for Russian language speakers living abroad. And finally – ladies and gentlemen! – in Russische Telega you can buy a mobile Russian sauna for a relaxing heartwarming experience both for body and mind, as well as various sauna equipment and items. You can also purchase all of these items via the online store: http://telega.ucoz.es/shop

Sochniki Russian pastry with tvorog easy recipe

Sochniki Russian cakes with tvorog recipe

Sochniki are staple Russian shortbread cakes with tvorog cottage cheese filling. OMG such simple and comforting treats.

These cakes have been very popular from Soviet times in canteens and cafes across the country. Not surprising – the tvorog  filling is rich in protein, and sochniki are a great bakery to start off your day.

The main ingredient here, is, as to be concluded from above – tvorog, which is available in every Russian shop. Some people say you can substitute tvorog with kwark – do not listen to that! 🙂

Tvorog and kwark are two different things, their texture is completely different. If you don’t have tvorog you can substitute it with ricotta cheese – that would work out just fantastic, but much more expensive too.

 

Sochniki Russian cakes with tvorog recipe

Ingredients

For dough

Butter, softened – 50 g
Caster sugar – 1 cup ,
Smetana – 0.75 cup (you can substitute with creme fraiche)
Baking powder – 1 teaspoon ,
Eggs – 2,
Flour – 4 cups for the dough+ 0.5-1 glass for dusting [/ezcol_2third]

For stuffing

Tvorog cottage cheese – 400 g,
Caster sugar – 2 tablespoons ,
Eggs – 1 egg and 1 egg white
Smetana 2 tablespoons ,
Semolina – 2 tablespoons ( you can substitute with flour)

Egg wash:

1 yolk for egg wash – 1

Method:

1. Firstly, make the stuffing so the semolina would swell up and the sugar dissolve
In a large bowl combine eggs, tvorog, sugar and semolina. Mix well with a mixer. Set aside.

2. Dough
Mix together softened butter with sugar and eggs. Combine smetana with baking powder and mix into the sugar mixture. Gradually add the sieved flour, mixing into soft dough with your hands.
Set your oven to 190 C. Line the baking tray with baking paper
Shape the dough into a roll. Cut it into manageable pieces, dust the working surface with flour and roll those dough pieces out. Cut out circles using a glass.
Place around 1 tablespoon of stuffing onto each circle of rolled dough, and fold two sides together (no need to pinch the sides). Bring your sochniki onto the tray.
Make an egg wash mixing 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water and cover the sochniki with the mixture.

3. Bake the sochiniki for around 20 minutes until golden. Cool them down.

Sochniki are to be enjoyed cooled down.

Bon appetite!

Tips:

1. For an extra golden glaze, repeat brushing with the egg yolk in the middle of the baking process.
2. You can shape sochniki in a different manner working with the dough: Shape the dough into the ball, cut into small pieces by halving each of them: the original ball into 2, them each of those two – again into 2 etc. Once you have small enough pieces roll out each of them into elongated shapes, place the stuffing and follow the above baking instructions.
3. You can chose not to glaze sochinki with the egg yolk, but then dust them with icing sugar

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