Vatrushka Recipe (Sweet cheese and apricot filled buns)

Vatrushka Recipe (Sweet cheese and apricot filled buns)

Vatrushka is cheese topped buns, one of the most popular breakfast item here in Tashkent. Every cafes and bakery section of super market here,you can see vatrushka. One among the snack/breakfast item they prepare using farmers cheese (tvorog). I have already shared some of the russian/uzbek recipes with farmers cheese.  Vatrushka is cheesecake in soft and fluffy buns…..aren’t that sounds interesting??!! It really taste great and it makes a filling breakfast too.

All the ingredients are very easily available and can be prepared without much hard work.My friend Nazeema (hubby’s colleague’s wife) who shared this recipe with me (a bunch of recipes she shared with me actually), very long time ago. Was keeping on postponing it because hubby is not a big fan of yeast breads.

When I saw MFB challenge this month subject as “breakfast” item, did not think much. Every month used to try to participate for the challenge, but one or other reason, I fail to  post anything on those days. I am glad that this month it’s up.

Usually cheese filling used to be plain, without any dry fruits addition. Lemme tell you, apricot very well take the cheese filling to the next level. They really complement each other. If you can’t find farmer’s cheese, cream cheese,cottage cheese or ricotta cheese can be substituted. Apricot can be substituted with raisins,dried cherries,cranberries etc.

Vatrushka Recipe (Sweet cheese and apricot filled buns)

You don’t need to wake up early morning to prepare Vatrushka. I have prepared the dough night before and refrigerated it. Only filling and assembling I did it on the next day.

Anyways lets see the recipe….

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Sweet chatti pathiri with Apple and cheese filling (Atti pathil/Atti pathiri)

Sweet chatti pathiri with apple and cheese (Attipathil/ chatti pathil)

This is my first ever post for MFB monthly challenge and the theme is “Ramadan memories”. Thank you so much Rafeeda letting me know about this group and events!! I would have chosen something with plantain as ramadan’s most memorable snack, but unfortunately I can only dream of preparing plantain snacks here 🙁 , plantain not available here.Then came to my mind was famous and very own Malabar snack – Chatti pathiri. We make it both sweet and Savory versions. For sometimes I was thinking to make sweet chatti pathiri with a twist to usual egg filling. And finally here it is – Layered with apple and recotta/farmers cheese.

In malabar which Iftar table will pass without chatti pathiri atleast once?!They can be prepared easily and very filling too. And this version of mine was absolutely delicious. Apple and recotta with hint of cinnamon really paired well! And those ghee fried cashew gave our kerala touch. You just need to prepare the filing and crepe, then layer and cook in very low flame!! Sweet chatti pathiri with apple and cheese (Attipathil/ chatti pathil)

Here is my Savory Chatti Pathiri if you have not tried yet!  

Lets see the recipe of sweet version. Dont worry by seeing the lengthy process, it’s very simple to prepare 🙂

 

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Dulce De Leche Cheesecake and Almond crusted Pie

Dulce De Leche Cheesecake and Almond crusted Pie

Dulce de leche cheesecake with almond crusted pie is absolute delicious baked cheesecake with flaky and nutty crust. Cheese cake is one of our favorite dessert and this one really caught us.

Last weekend was a long weekend here, since 21st was ‘Navruz’ and we got holiday on 20th as well!! It is considered as 1st day of Spring and one of the biggest celebration in Uzbekistan. They celebrate it by making sweets &  Uzbek Plov (Pilaf) and share with friends and relatives. The most important and special of those are preparing “Sumalak” – very nutritious thick porridge consistency, creamy kind of thing, made out of sprouted wheat and cooked over night!! Sumalak preparation is a bit lengthy process ( I heard that process start some what a week before) ,but you will get very tasty and rich Sumalak after all those hard work.I have never seen its process and never tried making it as well. Every year my hubby’s colleague/friends used to send me a bottle full of “Sumalak” which is prepared specially on this day by them. Which is very tasty and healthy as well. They believe that if you had sumalak by start of spring,you won’t get sick during coming months and stay healthy though out summer. You can read more about Navrus here and Sumalak hereHappy belated Navruz everyone!!

As some of you who knows me well,knew that I have a very big sweet tooth. If someone offering me something sweet and savory, I would for sure opt for the dessert/sweet without any doubt. Baking and making something sweet makes me really happy. At the same time, my hubby Jaan even though he likes sweets and chocolates, intentionally he used to avoid it. But when I made this cheesecake, he really loved it and gone for the second time because this dessert is not overly sweet.

I was so excited to try this cheesecake pie. Not added any sweetener in the pie crust. So the dessert really balanced the sweetness.Dulce De leche (cooked condensed milk) really gives caramelly and rich taste to the dessert. My favorite nuts almonds gave the crust nuttiness. You probably would have come across my love for this tasty nuts in my recipes like Coconut Condensed milk almond Cake , Healthy Dry Fruits Cake , Financiers CupcakeAlmond Muhallabia (Middle Eastern Ground rice & Almond Pudding)One savory dish with almond I shared is Chicken Korma with almond & sesame ;).

I used farmer’s cheese, because which is available here very easily and cheaply. You could for sure substitute ricotta cheese/cream cheese.

This is not a complicated recipe, you can also make this a day ahead or only pie crust dough can be prepared a night before you prepare the dessert and cheesecake part can be done the next day as well (thats what I have done).

Lets see the recipe…….

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Syrniki (Farmer’s Cheese Russian Pancake)

Syrniki (Farmers cheese pancake)

Here is easy and delicious another breakfast item, again with farmers cheese(Tvorog). In russian its called “Syrniki”. This pancake is very popular here. Commonly prepared in every household. I love to make this because it makes mess free breakfast and tasty too.I also made another breakfast item with farmers cheese – Farmer’s Cheese Cake (Breakfast Cheese Cake) .

I got this recipe from a hotel’s kitchen ;).. yes! When my Brother and family visited us here, we went to Bukhara (a famous historical – tourist destination in Uzbekistan). It was on friday, after checking out from hotel, hubby and bro went for friday prayer. We waited them on lobby. Since kids were there….we don’t want to sit in the car. On that day for breakfast buffet, they also served this tasty pancake. When I got a chance to talk with a lady there, I asked about this. She took me to their kitchen and showed me each ingredients and method. They were very happy and proud that I asked them for the recipe. She also wrote it in a paper in russian :).

It’s not complicated recipe and any starters can make this easy pancake. You can always substitute farmers cheese with ricotta or cottage cheese. Farmer’s cheese texture is much drier than cottage cheese. So make sure to drain of the excess water if it has.

Lets see the recipe……..

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Farmer’s Cheese Cake (Breakfast Cheese Cake)

Farmers cheese breakfast cheesecake

Farmer’s cheese (“tvorog” in russian) is widely used as a breakfast item here. They simply have it by pouring some milk and sugar or make pan cake out of it (recipe coming soon!) Or cheesecake like this.  When I accompany my husband, when he go to nearby cities for his duty related purpose, from most of the hotels they serve these items for breakfast. Thats how I started noticing this. But when I had this cake first time, i dint realised that this was made out of farmer’s cheese.

I got this recipe from the milklady who used to bring me milk, fresh cream, curd and farmer’s cheese etc… she brings me all homemade, fresh products. Farmer’s cheese I rarely buy from her… only when I feel to make pan cake with it. One day she insisted me to buy tvorog, I told her if you can give me a recipe to make something with this other than pan cake I will buy. Thats when she explained me the recipe. Since this is not a complicated recipe, I understood without more drama ;). Even though we doesn’t know a common language to communicate, we talks so many things ;)…. I can understand little bit of russian language now. From her I learned so many words as well. More than any thing, ” Action speaks better than words”right?! Little words and more hand gestures are our way of communication. If these two-way doesn’t work, google translator comes for rescue 😁! Hubby used to say your early morning time pass is her. On off days, he will be there listening our drama by half sleep in bed.

This is really easy to put together with very little ingredients and  healthy breakfast cheese cake too….entirely different from american cheese cake which is eaten as a dessert. You can substitute ricotta cheese or cottage cheese with farmer’s cheese, but make sure to drain off the excess water they have.

If your kids are hesitating to have farmer’s cheese/cottage cheese alone, this is a way to make them eat…they wont even know there is something like this hidden in this. They will enjoy it like a dessert!!

 

Farmers cheese breakfast cheesecake

I got this cake more yellowish color because of my egg yolk, it was really dark orange color.

Lets see how this yummy breakfast cake is made…….

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