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Russian Walnut-Cherry Latkes with Cherry-Apple Sauce

Russian Walnut-Cherry Latkes with Cherry-Apple Sauce


  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 7.5-ounce package farmer's cheese, drained
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped lightly toasted walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons (about) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons (about) vegetable oil
  • Cherry-Apple Sauce (click for recipe)

Recipe Preparation

  • Place cherries in small bowl with enough hot water to cover; soak until plumped, about 10 minutes. Drain. Set aside.

  • Blend both cheeses, egg yolks, and vanilla extract in processor just until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add flour, sugar, and salt and mix in, using on/off turns, just until blended. Transfer batter to large bowl. Mix in reserved cherries and chopped walnuts.

  • Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in large bowl until stiff but not dry. Gently fold whites into batter in 3 additions.

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches, drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into skillet and spread to 2 1/2-inch rounds. Cook until bottoms are golden, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Using slotted spatula, transfer latkes to plates. Add more butter and oil as necessary and allow to get hot before adding more batter. Serve immediately with Cherry-Apple Sauce (click for recipe).

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