Ukrainian Syrniki Recipe (Cheese Pancakes)

You must try these simple yet delicious Ukrainian syrniki with Farmer's cheese. They known as tvorog pancakes. Soft on the inside, golden outside. Yum!

Danielle Dolinsky sent me an interesting email a while back; a recipe for her Ukrainian syrniki, also known as tvorog pancakes. It’s her specialty and it was featured on the Martha Stewart Show (sounds soo soo dreamy!).

Here’s a link to her syrniki recipe and a step-by-step video from the show. I haven’t experimented with a store-bought cheese but I can tell you Mom’s homemade cheese creates a very soft dough; more delicate to handle but had amazing results.

Thank you Danielle for sharing your recipe. We’ve enjoyed your Ukrainian syrniki several times and I am currently craving them again.

Ingredients for Ukrainian Sirniki:

15 oz (about 2 cups) farmers cheese, homemade (aka Tvorog) or storebought
4 large eggs
3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus about 1/2 cup more for dredging
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp white vinegar
1 cup raisins
2-3 Tbsp extra light olive oil for each batch

Toppings:

Fresh fruit or jam, sour cream, powdered sugar; whatever you like!

Ukrainian Syrniki Recipe

How to Make Ukrainian Syrniki:

1. In a large bowl, mix together 15 oz of cheese, 4 eggs, 3/4 cup flour, 3 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp salt.

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2. Place 1 tsp baking soda in a small bowl and add 1 tsp vinegar; give it a stir as it fizzes. Add this mixture to the cheese mix.

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3. With a hand-held electric mixer, mix until uniform consistency. Stir in the raisins with a spoon. It will still have some little cheese clumps.

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4. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat, add 2-3 Tbsp extra light olive oil.

5. Add 1/2 cup flour to a small bowl. Place a heaping tablespoon or flat ice cream scoop of the cheese mixture into the flour. Reach into the bowl and sprinkle flour over the top of the pancake. With Well-floured hands, remove excess flour by gently transferring the pancake from one hand to another.

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6. Once the skillet and oil are hot, place patties directly into the skillet as you mold them. Saute until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes each side, flipping once during cooking.

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7. Transfer to a plate and serve with your favorite toppings. I’m old school so I like sour cream, fruit and powdered sugar.

Are these pictures making you hungry? I’m gurgling in my gut… I better get started on another batch of cheese.

You must try these simple yet delicious Ukrainian syrniki with Farmer's cheese. They known as tvorog pancakes. Soft on the inside, golden outside. Yum!

Ukrainian Syrniki Recipe (Cheese Pancakes)

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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $6
Serving: 4-5

Ingredients

  • 15 oz (about 2 cups) farmers cheese, homemade or purchase 2 packages.
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cups all-purpose flour + ½ cup for dredging
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2-3 Tbsp extra light olive oil for each batch

Toppings:

  • Fresh fruit or jam, sour cream, powdered sugar; whatever you like!

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together cheese, eggs, ¾ cup flour, sugar and salt.
  2. Place baking soda in a small bowl and add vinegar; give it a stir as it fizzes. Add this mixture to the cheese mix.
  3. With a hand-held electric mixer, mix until uniform consistency. Stir in the raisins with a spoon. It will still have some little cheese clumps.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add 2-3 Tbsp extra light olive oil.
  5. Add ½ cup flour to a small bowl. Place a heaping tablespoon of flat ice cream scoop of the cheese mixture into the flour. Reach into the bowl and sprinkle flour over the top of the pancake. With Well-floured hands, remove excess flour by gently transferring the pancake from one hand to another.
  6. Once the skillet and oil are hot, place patties directly into the skillet as you mold them. Saute until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes each side, flipping once during cooking.
  7. Transfer to a plate and serve with your favorite toppings like sour cream, fruit and powdered sugar.

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  • W
    February 26, 2017

    Have to admit, I was skeptical because I’m not a fan of cottage cheese usually. But these were very tasty and a hit with my kids. The only change I made was to use potato flour instead of regular wheat flour as we’re trying to cut back on the refined wheat. Besides, I figured potatoes were very Russian/Ukrainian anyway 🙂 But the potato flour worked just fine – gave them a hint of ‘latke’ flavor, which is never a bad thing. (Did make the texture a bit ‘gooey-er’ than regular flour likely does, which my family likes, but others might not) It’s an option, though, for anyone needing to make these gluten-free. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 26, 2017

      Glad to hear you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing the tips 🙂 Reply

  • Helga
    December 16, 2016

    These look tasty! But syrniki are not only Ukrainian, they’re Russian, Belarussian, Latvian, and Luthuanian 🙂 Reply

  • Garbelka
    November 19, 2016

    I made these this morning and I have added cranberries instead of raisins. The tasty pan cakes came out very fluffy, however I had to let them cool for 10-15 minutes for them to be a bit harder and therefore tastier. The right of the pan hot pancake did not exactly appeal to me at first with the hot gooey consistency. I would give 3.5 stars. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 19, 2016

      Hi Garbelka, since farmer’s cheese is a dryer cheese, they should be fluffy rather than gooey, I wonder if maybe you added too much batter and made them thicker than normal? Reply

    • Masha
      January 8, 2017

      Hi! These tasted delicious but mine fluffed up like a pancake and really expanded in the pan. Maybe I did something with vinegar/soda.. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        January 8, 2017

        Thank you for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Inna
    October 29, 2016

    Made these for breakfast today for the first time. Very easy recipe. Husband and I both loved them. Definitely will be making them again! Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 30, 2016

      Inna, thank you for such a nice review on the recipe and you are welcome 😁. Reply

  • Luiza
    September 4, 2016

    Made this recipe twice but without raisins and loved it. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 4, 2016

      Thank you for the nice review Luiza and you are welcome 😀. Reply

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