½ kilo domashny syr*
2-3 tablespoons manka (a.k.a. cream of wheat)
4 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
½ cup flour
Mix all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Sprinkle flour on a plate. Covering your hands with extra flour, drop heaping spoonfuls of batter onto the plate, then form into small pancakes with your hands. Heat sunflower oil in a skillet and fry over medium heat until golden brown on both sides. Serve with smetana and fruit preserves. Preserved apricot sauce makes an especially nice accompaniment. Yields 4 servings.
*Domashny syr is the cheese that looks like cottage cheese which may be purchased in the local bazaar.