Yesterday I shared the background to Shavuot and why many of us eat dairy for this holiday in Savory Romanian Recipes for Shavuot. Since I am a vegetarian I eat dairy for every holiday and love to make these classic Romanian desserts I learned from my grandmother. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Papanash are usually sweet cheese doughnuts, patties or cooked dumplings. The most common Papanash are the deep fried Doughnuts. I make them every now and then But personally, I like the other two versions better so I'll post their recipes.
The Turkish/Ottoman Empire reigned over Romania and many Romanian dishes were influenced by it. Sarailie is a type of Baklava/Baklawa filled with nuts and soaked in sugar syrup and honey with a pinch of rose water (or orange Blossom water). This time – I filled it with a cheese filling – very similar to the ingredients of the Papanash patties, and made it a dairy sweet for Shavuot. The dairy version comes out softer and moister than the original nut Sarailie.
Main Image - Malai – Cornmeal Cheese Cake