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Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Syrniki)

Traditional Russian sweet cheese pancakes (Syrniki) made with cottage cheese and served with a fresh strawberry sauce! Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or even as a light meatless dinner!

These famous Russian sweet cheese pancakes (Syrniki) are made with cottage cheese and served with a gorgeous fresh strawberry sauce. SO GOOD! | yummyaddiction.com

Oatmeal for breakfast is great but sometimes you need to add some variation to your morning routine, right? In our household, the weekend is the time when we indulge ourselves with something more interesting when we, finally, get out of bed. Alright alright, who am I kidding, getting up lazily is not the case anymore. Our baby boy is up and ready for a new exciting day at 7 am!

One of our weekend breakfast favorites is Syrniki. If you are not familiar with them, it’s sweet cheese pancakes coming from Russia (I’m not sure about this, though, they could be born in any of the USSR countries). Me and Igor, we grew up with them. Our mothers used to make these fritters quite often.

These famous Russian sweet cheese pancakes (Syrniki) are made with cottage cheese and served with a gorgeous fresh strawberry sauce. SO GOOD! | yummyaddiction.com

Traditionally, Syrniki are made from tvorog, which is farmer’s cheese in the United States or quark in Europe (even though I bought quark in Tenerife once and it wasn’t anything like tvorog).

However, knowing that cottage cheese is the most popular option in the USA and keeping in mind that the majority of people come to my blog from this country, a few years ago I tried to use it instead of farmer’s cheese when making these chocolate filled syrniki. And it worked! No wonder – farmer’s cheese is basically pressed cottage cheese with all liquid removed.

These famous Russian sweet cheese pancakes (Syrniki) are made with cottage cheese and served with a gorgeous fresh strawberry sauce. SO GOOD! | yummyaddiction.com

Since then I never looked back. Sorry, mom, your Syrniki are really amazing but at the moment I like the version with cottage cheese better. The pancakes turn out more tender and I love that!

This time I went with a more traditional version (chocolate stuffed Syrniki was my creation) and served my cottage cheese pancakes with a fresh strawberry sauce like my grandma used to make. Splendid!

These famous Russian sweet cheese pancakes (Syrniki) are made with cottage cheese and served with a gorgeous fresh strawberry sauce. SO GOOD! | yummyaddiction.com

How To Make Russian Syrniki

The process of making Syrniki is fairly simple. A food processor does everything for you and all you have to do is just form the pancakes and fry them. However, there are a few things to pay attention to.

  • First of all, because we use cottage cheese instead of farmer’s cheese, you need to drain it as well as you can. Use a strainer or a colander to remove as much liquid as possible.
  • The amount of flour you need depends on the amount of liquid in your cottage cheese. If you stir in the flour into your cottage cheese and egg mixture and it’s still too runny, add some more. The final mixture should be sticky but not runny in order to shape the pancakes.
  • I like using coconut oil for frying Syrniki even though it’s far from traditional. The most common frying ingredients are butter and oil.
  • You can serve Syrniki with myriads of different toppings. Sour cream or yogurt sprinkled with some sugar or mixed with some honey, all possible jams, berry or fruit sauces, syrups, caramelized fruit, to name a few.

These famous Russian sweet cheese pancakes (Syrniki) are made with cottage cheese and served with a gorgeous fresh strawberry sauce. SO GOOD! | yummyaddiction.com

To conclude, I highly recommend you to try these cottage cheese pancakes, guys. They are great for breakfast, lunch, or even as a meatless dinner. Syrniki are really filling! I even like them cold, as a snack in the middle of the day. YUM! These famous Russian sweet cheese pancakes (Syrniki) are made with cottage cheese and served with a gorgeous fresh strawberry sauce. SO GOOD! | yummyaddiction.com

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These famous Russian sweet cheese pancakes (Syrniki) are made with cottage cheese and served with a gorgeous fresh strawberry sauce. SO GOOD! | yummyaddiction.com
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Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Syrniki)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

If you have never tried Syrniki yet, you don't know what you are missing. Made with cottage cheese and served with a wonderful strawberry sauce, these pancakes will leave you craving for more!

Servings: 8 pancakes
Calories: 281 kcal
Author: Yummy Addiction
Ingredients
For the pancakes:
  • 1 lb (450g) cottage cheese
  • 1 cup + 4 tbsp (155g) all-purpose flour , sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour , for dusting
  • oil or butter , for frying
For the strawberry sauce:
  • 3/4 lb (340g) fresh strawberries , quartered
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest from 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Instructions
The pancakes.
  1. Drain the cottage cheese as well as you can in a strainer or a colander. Set aside.

  2. In a bowl, combine the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a small food processor, place the cottage cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract and blend until the cottage cheese is almost smooth. Using a spatula, stir in the flour and baking powder mixture until combined. The dough should be sticky but not runny. If it's too runny, add some more flour.

  4. Heat some oil or butter in a skillet. In a shallow plate or a bowl, place 1/2 cup flour. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop a ball of the dough and roll it in the flour. Repeat with the rest of the dough. You should get somewhere from 8 to 10 balls.

  5. With floured hands, tap the balls gently to remove any excess flour. Flatten them to shape into patties.

  6. Fry both sides on low-medium heat until golden brown. Place on paper towels to remove excess oil. 

The strawberry sauce.
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the strawberries and sugar. Stir until the berries are coated. Using a potato masher, mash about half of the strawberries while leaving some chunks.

  2. Place over high heat and cook, stirring, until bubbles form. It should take about 5 minutes. If there appears any foam on the surface, skim it and discard. Add the lemon zest and juice. Stir and bring to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes and once again discard the foam.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the water and cornstarch. Add the mixture to the strawberries. Cook for about 1 minute more, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened. Serve the strawberry sauce with the pancakes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The strawberry sauce adapted from Chowhound

Nutrition Facts
Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Syrniki)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.8g 6%
Cholesterol 49.6mg 17%
Sodium 318.5mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 52.6g 18%
Sugars 35.2g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Natalie
    June 18, 2017 at 10:28 am

    These pancakes looks absolutely delicious. I love the cottage cheese and fresh fruit addition. I just have to try this. Photos are so inviting. Yum!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      I am glad you liked them, Natalie!

  • Reply
    jacquee | i sugar coat it!
    June 18, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Have never had Russian pancakes – these sound delightful with the cottage cheese!! Look forward to giving these a try!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Let me know what do you think if you try them, Jacquee!

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    Erin Clarkson
    June 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    These look amazing! There is a cafe near us in Brooklyn who does a lemon cottage cheese pancake and i’ve been meaning to try and replicate for a while now – these look just like it! My recipe search is over! 🙂

    x

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Yay! If there would be a place serving such pancakes in my town I would be their best client 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa Bryan
    June 18, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    How interesting – love learning new things when it comes to food! And these Russian pancakes sound delicious!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      You have to try them, Lisa!

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    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    June 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    This post bring me right back to summers spent with my grandmother in Moscow! I was born in Russia but my family moved to Australia and then the US when I was 4 and 9 but I used to visit my gma every summer back in Russia! My mom never made these in the US so I always think back to those summers when I see these. Interesting that these work with regular American cottage cheese!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      They really do, Vicky. I even love them better with cottage cheese! Your comment has brought back some nice memories about my grandmas too, may they rest in peace. I miss them so much.

  • Reply
    Dahn
    June 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    these look delicious and very much like ricotta pancakes. I have GOT to try them.

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      You will love them!

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 19, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Wow, look at hose fluffy those are!

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    June 19, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Those are so beautiful– and they look so fluffy and light!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 20, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Michelle!

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    Derek | Dad With A Pan
    June 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Woah, I’ve gotta try these! These looks so satisfying to eat!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      They really are amazing. I just had them this morning again 😉

  • Reply
    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    June 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I’ve never made these type of pancakes but they look delicious and that strawberry sauce looks wow

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      You have to try them, Bintu 😉

  • Reply
    Chef Mireille
    June 20, 2017 at 2:35 am

    I love learning about traditional recipes from different cultures. These look fantastic. I am definitely going to give them a try. I live near a Russian enclave in Brooklyn (NY) so its easy for me to get the farmers cheese to try the traditional version!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Oh, it’s great then! You can try both versions and compare 😉

  • Reply
    Laura
    July 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I saw a picture of farmers cheese that was broken up and it does look just like cottage cheese. I actually rinse my cottage cheese when using in lasagna to remove the extra liquid. It looks like something you might want to try with this. I just put it in a colondar and run water over it while running my hands through it until the water runs clear. Then I let it drain. I’m seriously going to try these with my family. I think it might be a favorite.

    • Reply
      Jovita
      July 13, 2017 at 7:08 am

      I actually mentioned the need of draining in the post, Laura. You must have missed it 🙂

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