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Post Tue, May 23 2023, 9:18 pm
So I was going to post to request that cheesecake recipe we made as kids- the tea biscuits with farmer cheese recipe. Then I decided to try Google, and the first thing that came up was this Polish recipe for a baba yaga (?) hut that looks very similar. At least this recipe traced back to some of my ancestors, maybe, even if it was adopted from their neighbors? (Assuming tea biscuits were around then...)

https://polishfoodies.com/poli.....cipe/

Anyway, this is the one that looks more familiar, especially the wine part, although I wonder about having put wine in crackers for a non-bake cake that we ate as kids. 🤷‍♀️

https://www.kosher.com/recipe/.....-3198
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Post Tue, May 23 2023, 9:27 pm
WhatFor wrote:
So I was going to post to request that cheesecake recipe we made as kids- the tea biscuits with farmer cheese recipe. Then I decided to try Google, and the first thing that came up was this Polish recipe for a baba yaga (?) hut that looks very similar. At least this recipe traced back to some of my ancestors, maybe, even if it was adopted from their neighbors? (Assuming tea biscuits were around then...)

https://polishfoodies.com/poli.....cipe/

Anyway, this is the one that looks more familiar, especially the wine part, although I wonder about having put wine in crackers for a non-bake cake that we ate as kids. 🤷‍♀️

https://www.kosher.com/recipe/.....-3198

Baba Yaga was a witch in Russian folklore who ate children and had a house on chicken legs. Nice background for a cheesecake recipe LOL
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lamplighter




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, May 23 2023, 9:29 pm
We dipped them in milk.
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WhatFor




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, May 23 2023, 9:33 pm
lamplighter wrote:
We dipped them in milk.


Yes, it's both wine and milk in the recipe, I think.
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Amarante




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, May 23 2023, 10:07 pm
There is definitely an Eastern European "cheesecake" called Pashka which is very traditional. It is typically served for Easter and is molded in a certain form. The first time I came across it, the mold looked somewhat like a flower pot.

My grandmother learned to cook in Poland and so her food was very traditional and when I have looked at cookbooks with Russian/Polish/Ukrainian (not Jewish) many of the recipes are very similar although called something else.

It makes sense to me because they were all using the same ingredients and didn't have access to other ingredients. By and large, their seafood was lake and river rather than ocean for the most part. Food was seasonal and many foods weren't available or were horrendously expensive. My grandmother still remembers how HER grandmother went all over the Polish town to get her an orange which was a huge treat. No refrigeration and so in the winter the produce available would be cabbage and apples which store well - and of course whatever stuff could be preserved in some manner.

Here is a recipe and short explanation of Pashka

https://www.greatbritishchefs......ecipe

I don't think the Baba Yaga is at all traditional as they wouldn't have had access to refrigeration. This seems to be a form of "ice box" cookie cake which became wildly popular all over in the 1920's when ice boxes were first introduced in homes. An ice box was not a refrigerator - it was literally a box that was filled with a block of ice delivered by the ice man. Very Happy
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