Russian semolina cake "Mannik"
Mannik is the name of a cake from the typical Russian cuisine. It comes from the expression "Mannaja krupa", which means "semolina". In fact, the basis of this treat is simple semolina. Combined with a few ingredients it delivers a fluffy and very tasty cake.
- 400 g of semolina
- 350 g of flour
- 4 eggs
- 200 g of butter
- 500 ml of kefir
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 150 g of sugar
Mannik is a very popular cake, because - in addition to its wonderful taste - it is also very simple to prepare. If suddenly guests appear at your door step, this cake will be the salvation in your hour of need.
As is often the case with simple recipes, the Mannik recipe can be varied in many ways. For example you can replace lean kefir with rich sour cream. For a chocolate Mannik, you take milk and plenty of cocoa powder. You can also spice up the semolina cake with fruit. Apples, bananas or preserved fruits, such as cherries or mandarins, are best suited for this purpose.
If you do not like a very sweet aroma, you can add some grated lemon peel to the dough. This gives this delicious semolina cake a hint of fresh acidity.