Syrniki (Russian cheese pancakes)

    20 min

    Syrniki are traditional to Russian cuisine, and usually served for breakfast with jam or soured cream. The cheese used to make them is called twarog but you can use quark instead.

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    Makes: 5 to 6 syrniki

    • 1 egg
    • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 250g twarog or quark
    • 5 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla sugar (optional)
    • 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • oil for frying

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Beat egg and sugar till smooth. Whisk in cheese, flour, vanilla sugar and salt. Mix well. Dough will be thick and sticky.
    2. Divide dough into 5 to 6 portions. Form into balls and coat with flour. Flatten slightly to form discs.
    3. Heat frying pan on medium-low heat. Add oil. When oil is hot, add syrniki and fry 5 minutes on each side, till browned.

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    This is far too much flour, you end up with pancakes rather than Syrniki. Reduce the flour to about 1 tablespoon per 250g Tvarog for a more authentic taste and texture. Note UK cottage cheese is a lot wetter, so try to find full-fat ("Tjusty") Tvarog in the Polish section, if your Tesco has one!  -  08 Nov 2017


    Almost like my wife makes... Loved it.  -  15 Sep 2017


    Used tvorog , not quark - a type of farmer's cheese.  -  21 Jan 2019  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)