Sweet Cheese Fritters:- Whip up these sweet and creamy fritters for your holiday table. It is drier and has a tangy taste. If you have ever attempted to make pancakes, you will manage this recipe with ease.
450g tvorog or drained cottage cheese
80 ml (⅓ cup) olive oil
50g caster sugar
100g (⅔ cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra flour for dusting and rolling
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
icing sugar, to dust
blackcurrant or other fruit jam and crème fraîche (optional), to serve
1.Place the cheese, eggs, 1½ tbsp oil, sugar, flour, baking powder and vanilla in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until well combined (no longer than 2-3 minutes). The mixture will be very sticky, but don’t panic; that’s what it’s supposed to be!
2.Heat 2½ tbsp oil in a nonstick or cast-iron frying pan over medium heat. Meanwhile, dust a clean work surface with the extra flour. Using a soup spoon, scoop batter directly onto the floured surface, then roll to coat and flatten with your palm to form a patty. Repeat process with the remaining batter to make about 14 patties.
3.Before frying, make sure the oil is very hot by sprinkling a bit of flour into it; if it sizzles, it’s hot enough. Cook the fritters in batches, for 1–2 minutes or until golden, then turn over and cook for a further 1–2 minutes or until golden and slightly puffed. The flour coating will make the outside slightly crispy while the mostly cheese filling will taste light and delicious.
4.Dust the fritters with icing sugar and serve with your favourite jam. For a truly Russian experience, enjoy with a bit of smetana (crème fraîche).