Ricotta Cheese Doughnuts (Papanasi)

This is one of my favorite desserts – Ricotta Cheese Doughnuts bathing in heavy cream, sour cream and jam. The combination is just delicious. Every time I go to Romania I always have the Ricotta Cheese Doughnuts (or ‘Papanasi’ in Romanian) and it never disappoints!

This recipe doesn’t usually call for heavy cream since in Romania the sour cream is more liquid. In order to give the doughnut something to soak in I like to add some heavy cream, however you don’t have to.

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Cheese Strudel (Placinta cu Branza)

This is a recipe that brings back many good memories as it has been in our family for a long time. I got the recipe from my mother, my mother got it from my grandmother and so on. The cheese strudel (placinta cu branza) is very popular in Romania so everybody has their own version, however I find this one really easy to make and its delicious. Also it is a versatile recipe as you can replace the cheese filling with apple or pumpkin filling or you can be creative with the cheese – a sweet cheese filling or a salty one using feta cheese works just perfect.

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Polenta (Mamaliga)

I grew up eating polenta and I never had enough of it. Part of our family tradition was that every Sunday morning we would eat polenta with feta cheese, eggs, country fries, and a tomato sausage sauce. I know it doesn’t sound like breakfast but I would eat this every morning.

In Romania polenta (mamaliga) is often used as a substitute for bread. I personally like it warm and mixed with cheese, but many people also eat it cold.

For a vegetarian option you can pair the polenta with a tomato onion sauce and serve with pickles. Simply Delicious!

 

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