A popular dessert and a fond memory of my childhood is " Papanasi cu Dulceata".It is a very easy to do recipe and a great comfort food providing just enough to fill your sweet tooth without going overboard.you can find it in every Romanian restaurant since it wide spread among the regions of Romania without much differences being one of the few foods without any regional aspect in this cuisine.Okay lets get down to business and this is what you are going to need :
-500g of Cottage Cheese
-Lemon Zest from 1 Lemon
-100g of Raisins ( Sultana are the best for this recipe )
-1/2 Teaspoon of Sodium Bicarbonate
-1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
-2-3 Teaspoons of Vanilla Sugar ( Simply take a Vanilla Stick cut in in half and put it in a jar of sugar for a few days )
-300g of Flour ( 200g for the dumplings and 100 for the modeling itself)
-Sunflower Oil ( Enough for deep frying )
-Sour cherry Jam
Preparation : In a large mixing bowl put together the cottage cheese,the eggs,the salt,the lemon zest,the vanilla sugar,the sodium bicarbonate and the raisins .Thoroughly mix the content of the bowl till everything is nicely spread out then add the flour ( 200g) and incorporate it into the mixture,if the mixture is too runny add a little more flower it should be fairly consistent.Spread some flower over your cooking table and with a spoon dipped in water for balls from mixture and model them into a ring by pressing on the middle first then creating a gap and rounding it off ,make sure to use flour so the dough doesn't stick to your hands or surface.For every ring made also make a small ball of dough.Once you have done this prepare a pot with oil in order to deep fry the rings and balls till they are golden brown on each side.Serve hot powdered with caster sugar ( you can make some caster sugar from the vanilla sugar in a food processor) topped with cream and sour cherry jam.Enjoy this wonderful dessert.
Wish you all the best.
Shared for Fresh Bites Friday at Realfoodwholehealth .