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  Gouryevskaya Kasha

Ingredients

1 c semolina
2 1/2 c milk
2 tb butter
2 tb sugar
2 c dense cream
2/3 c nuts
2 c canned fruits
1/2 c sugar
1/2 ea lemon,vanilla,salt


Method
Take a not very deep pan. Put cream (must be dense) into the hot oven. As soon as there is a pink skin on the cream, take it carefully away on the plate. Be careful not to tear. Do it until you have 6-7 skins. Boil a viscous kasha (mush) on milk. Add butter, sugar (2 tb), vanilla, salt and mix very well. Put kasha into the oven to warm up for 30 minutes. Add the rest of baked cream to kasha. Nuts caramelizing: nuts must be caramelized otherwise kasha will be grey and not have a very good taste. Nuts must be tempered (fired) at first. Then put in a very hot water for 10 minutes. After that take the skins off and dry and chop them. Put sugar (1/2 c) in the pan on the heat, add lemon juice, wait until red colour and add nuts. As soon as nuts are caramelized, take them out and let cool down. Prepare a baking form. Grease it with butter. Put a little kasha as first layer, then a skin and nuts, chopped canned fruits. Repeat it until all the skins are used. The last layer is made of kasha. Decorate with sugar, fruits and nuts and put the form into the hot oven for 10-20 minutes. Gouryevskaya Kasha is served with apricot puree or any fruit juice

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  Pampushky

Ingredients

2 tb sugar
1/2 c water
2 pk active dry yeast
1/4 c milk
5 c unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 lb butter; 1 stick
1/2 c sugar
2 lg eggs
3 lg egg yolks
1 ts salt
1 ts vanilla extract, zest of one lemon
1 c rose preserve or any dry -fruit preserve
powdered sugar; as needed


Method
Combine the sugar and water, sprinkle with the yeast, and let stand until soft. Heat the milk to lukewarm, and add the milk and 1/4 cup of the flour to the yeast mixture. Beat well, cover and allow to rise until light and bubbly, about 10 minutes. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat eggs and egg yolks together, blending well and combine with the sugar-butter mixture, beating thoroughly until the eggs are pale white. Grate a lemon on a fine grater until all of the yellow color is grated off and add this (the zest), vanilla, and the yeast mixture to the butter-egg mixture. Mix in 4 cups of flour. If the dough seems a little loose, add a little more, but the dough should be soft. Knead, by hand, for about 10 minutes. Replace in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top, and cover with a damp towel, set in a warm place until double in bulk. Punch down, knead a few more times, and allow to rise again until the dough is doubled. When doubled, divide the dough into 4 parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll one part into a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick, turning once or twice during the rolling to achieve a uniform thickness. Dust with flour sparingly. Place 1 ts of rose preserve at evenly space intervals on the dough, or with a 2 1/2-inch cutter, gently form impressions and place the filling in each. Roll another portion out, as above, to the same thickness, and gently cover the first, overlapping a little. (Filling will show through.) Cut circles with the cutter. Place them on a lightly floured cookie sheet and allow rise until double in size. Repeat until all of the dough is used, rolling out the scraps last. Heat oil or shortening to 375 degrees F. in a deep fryer or wide skillet. Test the temperature by frying a piece of bread; it should bubble and turn golden quickly. The fat should not be smoking. Fry 5 or 6 pampushky at a time. Do NOT crowd as this lowers the temperature and the doughnuts will absorb too much grease. When one side is golden, flip with a spoon to fry the other side. Dough will puff up in the frying. Perfect pampushky are light as air. Drain on paper towels. When slightly cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with tea

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  Peas Kulesh

Ingredients

350 g peas
4 tb millet groats
2 ea onion
2 tb oil
salt


Method
Soak peas in water for 2 hours, then boil until it is very soft. Mash peas until puree mass. Add well washed millet and boil until millet is ready. Chop onion finely and fry in oil. Add onion and salt to taste to Kulesh. Serve hot

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  RUM BALLS

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups ground toasted walnuts, sifted
1 2/3 cups dry sponge cake crumbs, sifted
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
3/4 cup unsweetened evaporated milk or heavy cream
3 tablespoons rum
1 teaspoon rum

Method
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except the 1/4 cup of ground walnuts and mix thoroughly until well blended. Scoop up about 1/4 cup of the mixture and shape into a ball. Spread the 1/4 cup of ground walnuts on wax paper, roll the rum ball in th

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