Ukranian Syrniki (Cheese Pancakes)

I’ve always loved Syrniki.  Ever since I was a little girl I remember my grandmother making them for breakfast.  There are so many different recipes how to make them, this includes varying types of cheeses and including either fresh fresh fruit or dried raisins in its recipe.   As much as I like to experiment in my cooking… some things I still keep the same.  This recipe was taught to me by my grandmother and now I am sharing this with you.

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I am sure majority of you have tried them before, but for those of you who don’t know what Syrniki are…here is a little info.

“Syrniki are made from creamy quark, mixed with flour, eggs, and sugar, sometimes adding vanilla extract. The soft mixture is shaped into cakes, which are fried, generally in vegetable oil. The outside becomes crisp, and the center is warm and creamy. They are sweet and served for breakfast or dessert. Their simplicity has made them very popular in Eastern Europe.

The name syrniki is derived from the word сыр in Russian or сир in Ukrainian(transliteration: syr), meaning “cheese” in both languages. Although the modern meaning of the word сыр (syr) in Russian is hard yellow cheese, the original word in Slavic languages stood for soft white cheese (similar to today’s quark cheese, which is still called сир in Ukrainian but metamorphosed into творог, tvorog in Russian). Thus, the word syrniki, derived from the old meaning of syr, came to designate pancakes made from soft white cheese.”

Source:  Syrniki.

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Ingredients:

5 Table Spoons of Sugar
5 Table Spoons of Flour (and more flour to shape syrniki up)
1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
500g of Soft Cheese (Tvorog)
1/4 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Table Spoon of Sour Cream
1 Table Spoon of Sour Cherries Preserve (can use any other kind as well)

 

How to Make Syrniki:

1.  I doubled my recipe so you will see twice of everything on my pictures, however if you only want about 12 medium syrniki pieces follow these measurements.  Take out your tvorog (soft cheese) and put in in a large mixing bowl.  I like to use Amish Soft Cheese with smooth texture, but any kind of tvorog will work as long as it’s not too runny.

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2.  Add in 1 egg into your mixture.  Again I added 2 because my recipe was doubled.

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3.  Add 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract.  If you are doubling your recipe add a whole teaspoon.

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4.  Now add 5 tablespoons of Sugar.  I like my syrniki on the sweet side, but if you will serve them with honey or syrup…you may choose to add less sugar.   For a double recipe I used only 8-9 spoons of sugar.

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5.  Add 5 Tablespoons of Flour.  Again, I added 10 tablespoons because I doubled my recipe.  You will also need about half a cup of flour to form your pancakes later on, so your hands don’t stick.

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6.  Gently mix all the ingredients with a spatula and then using electric mixer.  Make sure there is no lumps and all ingredients are well incorporated.

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7.  Once your mixture is done you are ready to form your pancakes.  Take a cutting board and add plenty of flour on the top of it, flour your hands as well so they don’t stick.  Then using a spoon, add the cheese mixture on the board with flour, sprinkle some more flour on the top of your mixture and form a thick pancakes with your hands.

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8.   In the meantime heat you up pan with some vegetable oil and add your Syrniki to the pan to cook.   They should cook on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes on each side.

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9.  Your Syrniki will be ready when they will turn nice golden brown color on both sides.

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10.  Once you have finished frying them on the pan, turn on your oven to 350F and bake them in the oven proof baking dish for additional 5-7 minutes.  This will allow them to cook throughout and slightly rise.

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11.  Your Syrniki are now ready.  You can serve them with fresh fruit, maple syrup or simply with some sour cream.  My favorite combination is to mix 1 table spoon of sour cream and 1 table spoon of Sour Cherry Preserves and pour this sauce over my Syrniki.

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Dig in and enjoy!  I hope you liked this recipe, feel free to share with your friends and family too!

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Love,

Natalie

Ukranian Syrniki (Cheese Pancakes)
 
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Syrniki with Sour Cream and Sour Cherry Preserves
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Ukranian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 5 Table Spoons of Sugar
  • 5 Table Spoons of Flour (and more flour to shape syrniki up)
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 500g of Soft Cheese (Tvorog)
  • ¼ Cup of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Table Spoon of Sour Cream
  • 1 Table Spoon of Sour Cherries Preserve
Instructions
  1. Take out your tvorog (soft cheese) and put in in a large mixing bowl. I like to use Amish Soft Cheese with smooth texture, but any kind of tvorog will work as long as it’s not too runny.
  2. Add in 1 egg into your mixture.
  3. Add ½ Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract.
  4. Now add 5 tablespoons of Sugar. I like my syrniki on the sweet side, but if you will serve them with honey or syrup…you may choose to add less sugar.
  5. Add 5 Table Spoon of Flour.
  6. Gently mix all the ingredients with a spatula and then using electric mixer. Make sure there is no lumps and all ingredients are well incorporated.
  7. Once your mixture is done you are ready to form your pancakes. Take a cutting board and add plenty of flour on the top of it, flour your hands as well so they don’t stick. Then using a spoon, add the cheese mixture on the board with flour, sprinkle some more flour on the top of your mixture and form a thick pancakes with your hands.
  8. In the meantime heat you up pan with some vegetable oil and add your Syrniki to the pan to cook. They should cook on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes on each side.
  9. Your Syrniki will be ready when they will turn nice golden brown color on both sides.
  10. Once you have finished frying them on the pan, turn on your oven to 350F and bake them in the oven proof baking dish for additional 5-7 minutes. This will allow them to cook throughout and slightly rise.
  11. Your Syrniki are now ready. You can serve them with fresh fruit, maple syrup or simply with some sour cream. My favorite combination is to mix 1 table spoon of sour cream and 1 table spoon of Sour Cherry Preserves and pour this sauce over my Syrniki.

 

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