After writing my previous post, I started feeling guilty, so to make up for all the negativity from my previous post, I decided to post a recipe for one of my favorite Russian cakes: Ant Hill.
IMHO this is one of these “to die for” cakes. Although not terribly attractive, it is delicious and is VERY easy to make.
1 can of condensed milk for the cream
2 sticks of butter (or about 200 grams) + 1 stick for cream
2 tbsp of water
half a tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking soda +2-3 spoons of white vinegar
2 cups of flour
2 tbsp of sugar
walnuts or pecans or poppy seeds (all optional)
For dough: mix 2 sticks of butter with 2 blended eggs. Add 2 spoons of sugar and 2 spoons of water. Mix soda and vinegar together. Add to the mix. Add 2 cups of flour. Mix until your dough forms small to medium crumbs. If it doesn’t, add more flour and mix again. Put crumbs on a baking sheet (I usually use 2 baking sheets) and spread them evenly. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until light brown at 375 Fahrenheit.Let them cool down a little.
(if it seems like too much, buy shortbread cookies and make small crumbs out of them;-))
For cream: Boil a can of condensed milk for an hour - hour and a half. MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS HAVE PLENTY OF WATER IN YOUR POT, BECAUSE OTHERWISE THE CAN CAN EXPLODE! It happened to me once and it was not pretty!!! (If you have never done it and are scared of the process, don’t boil it.)Mix it with 1 stick of soft butter. If you wish add a cup or two of chopped nuts or half a cup of dried poppy seeds.
Mix cream with the crumbs. Form a little hill or whatever you are capable of, because it is quite messy. I usually wet my hands in cold water, so all the good stuff doesn’t stick.
Put to the refrigerator for at least an hour.It always tastes better the next day though.
If you want to be fancy, you can cover it with chocolate icing
Try it. It is worth it!
Feel free to message me with any questions.
PS. This is how it is supposed to look like: