Israeli Sweet Cheese Levivot

Orly Ziv
Recipe by
Orly Ziv

While the term levivot technically refers to the potato pancakes so common at Hanukkah, this version with sweet cheese is a fun variation that's perfect for dessert. Serve it with sour cream or applesauce, depending on whether you feel like something more sweet or savory.

500 grams (16 ounces) quark or ricotta cheese
150 millileters (5 ounces) yogurt
⅓ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons raisins (optional)
2 tablespoons brandy
2 eggs
5 tablespoons flour
50 grams (2 ounces) butter
¼ cup canola oil
Powdered sugar
Sour cream or applesauce
  1. Put the cheese, yogurt, sugar, vanilla extract, raisins (if using), brandy, eggs, and flour in a large bowl and mix until smooth.
  2. Let the mixture rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the butter and oil in a wide pan.
  4. For each pancake, spoon about 1/4 cup of batter into the hot pan. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan. Fry on both sides until golden and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with sour cream or applesauce.

Reprinted with permission from Cook in Israel: Home Cooking Inspiration by Orly Ziv. 

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