Christmas Dessert

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Delightful dessert recipe for Christmas made with farmer cheese and bread crumbs.


Serves 40 balls


2 pounds farmer cheese

1 cup semolina

3 eggs

½ lemon, grated

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

8 tablespoons sugar

1 butter stick

1 ½ cups plain bread crumbs


Place the farmer cheese in a big bowl and mix with semolina very well. Add vanilla, lemon zest and 4 tablespoons of sugar and stir. Add the eggs one by one mixing all the time. When you are done, allow to rest the cheese mixture for half an hour. In this time on high heat in a big pot pour water to boil.

In a large pan melt the butter , add bread crumbs and fry over medium heat until it is golden brown. Turn off the heat and add 4 tablespoons sugar.

With wet hands, mold the cheese mixture in tiny balls. Keep your hands wet all the time, it’s much easier.

When water boils, turn the heat to low and add the cheese balls to cover the bottom of the pot. The cheese balls are cooked when they rise to the surface. Remove the balls and throw them directly into the pan with bred crumbs and roll. Place the little balls on a plate and serve.

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