Today I have something special for you, guys. Don’t worry, this recipe is really easy, quick and perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert. I bet many of you have never tasted cottage cheese pancakes (or you can call them cottage cheese patties, or Syrniki). These ones are very popular in my country and I love having them for breakfast.
You know what? I have a secret ingredient, which makes them even more tasty… My husband don’t like these pancakes, but when I add THIS INGREDIENT, he adores them. Me too! Sooo… Do you want to know my secret?
It’s CHOCOLATE. Yes yes, they are stuffed with chocolate bars. Chocolate changes everything…
My husband is a huge fan of chocolate. He loves everything and anything that has chocolate in it. Remember my chocolate chip cream cheese bars that I posted not too long ago? These are his favorite bars at this time. So, as I said, chocolate changes everything.
I like these pancakes because they’re easy and the cottage cheese makes them really filling. They have a different texture and are thicker than normal pancakes, for these reasons I love them so much.
Love them because they are different.
When you bite into one, you will feel a yummy crispy fried shell on the outside, and creamy, soft and chocolatey texture on the inside. A slightly melted chocolate bar inside of the pancake is a real winner, trust me!
- 1 lb (450g) cottage cheese , well-drained
- 2 eggs
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- about 10 chocolate bars
- 1/2 cup flour , for dusting
- butter or oil , for pan frying
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Place the cottage cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in small food processor and blend just until cheese is almost smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a rubber spatula just until combined. The mixture will be very sticky.
Heat 2 tablespoons of butter or oil in a nonstick skillet on low-medium heat. Make sure that the oil is hot enough before you start frying the pancakes.
Place 1/2 cup of flour into a shallow bowl or plate. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop a ball of dough. Then place the chocolate bar inside the scooped ball of dough, and put it directly on the flour. Sprinkle flour over the top of the ball. Continue the process with the rest of the dough, until it’s all gone. You should get about 10 balls.
With well-floured hands, gently transfer the ball from one hand to another in order to remove the excess flour. Then flatten the ball with your palm to make it into a patty and place it in the skillet. Fry both sides on low-medium heat until golden brown then place on paper towel to remove any excess oil. Dust the pancakes with powdered sugar and serve with your choice of jam, a fruit sauce or sour cream.
You may need slightly more or less flour depending on how moist your cottage cheese is. The dough should be sticky and soft, but should hold together well once the balls of dough are coated in flour.