MALAI Recipe

From: Merle Kastner <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 15:06:51 -0400 (EDT)
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Dear fellow Bukoviners,
I've kept out of this for a while, but will throw my
two cents into the ring now. Here's my recipe for
Malai, put together after consultations with 3 cousins
plus a Romanian neighbor, over a period of a few years
- this is the result (always a great favorite when served).
Bon appetit!
MALAI (Romanian Johnnycake):

three-quarters of a pound (375g) = one & a half Cups
       Ricotta (low fat) or Old-Fashioned Dry Cottage Cheese
1 Egg
4-5 Tbsp. (25 ml) Granulated White Sugar

1 Cup (250 ml) All-purpose Flour
1 Cup (250 ml) Cornmeal
one-half Cup (100 ml) Granulated Sugar
2 Tsp. (10 ml) Baking Powder
one-half Tsp. Baking Soda
one-quarter Tsp. Salt (optional)
1 Egg
3 Tbsp. (50 ml) Vegetable Oil
6 Tbsp. (50 ml) Light Yogurt or Sour Cream
1 Cup (250 ml) Milk

FILLING: In bowl, combine cottage cheese with egg, sugar and salt
until well blended, or place in food processor until combined.
BATTER: In mixing bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking
powder, baking soda and salt; make a well in centre. In another bowl,
whisk egg with oil and sour cream: stir in milk. Stir into flour mixture to
make a smooth batter.
Pour half the batter into a greased 7" x 11" (2-L) baking dish. Spread
cheese mixture evenly over batter, then top with remaining batter.
Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees F (180C) for 40 minutes
(test for doneness). Serve hot with sour cream or thick yogurt.

Sheila's note: one and a half Qt. PYREX is okay; reduce heat to 325
degrees, may need longer than 40 minutes. Sheila describes Malai
as being "comfort food".
Merle's note: If a larger pan is used (for a crowd), add several
minutes to baking time (not too much, and test it), being careful
not to dry it out.
Merle Kastner
Montreal, Canada
KASTNER & OSTFELD, Radauti, Bukovina;
    Negulesti, Falticeni, Romania;
    Sejny, Suwalki gubernia, Poland, New York, NY;
KUSSNER, Bendery, Bessarabia/Moldova, Philadelphia, PA;
MILLER/SZCZUCZYNSKI, Lida, Vilnius, Lithuania/Belarus,
    Philadelphia, PA.
Received on 2005-06-16 14:08:33

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