Cheese Pancakes with Apple (Syrniki)

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

These cheese pancakes are light and puff up beautifully on the skillet. You’ll taste the apples, cheese and hint of cinnamon with each bite. Serve these with a generous amount of jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

My husband loves it when I add fruit into breakfast and dessert. These farmer cheese pancakes are a twist on our classic syrniki recipe, which by the way has a semi-famous history if you get a chance to read it! Farmer cheese (tvorog) is similar to cottage cheese minus the moisture.

You can use store-bought farmer cheese for this recipe but it is less expensive to make your own and you’ll feel like a ninja making homemade cheese. If you are a fan of classic tvorog cheese, be sure to check out all of our Farmer Cheese recipes.

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

Ingredients for Cheese Pancakes:

2 cups farmers cheese, homemade or store-bought
4 large eggs
3/4 cups all-purpose flour + 1/2 cup for dredging
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp white vinegar
1 medium apple (any variety), peeled, cored and finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
Light olive oil, canola or vegetable oil, to sautee

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

How to Make Farmer Cheese Pancakes:

1. In a large bowl combine 2 cups farmers cheese, 4 eggs, 3/4 cup flour, 3 Tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Use an electric hand mixer on medium speed and mix just until well blended.

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

2. Place 1 tsp baking soda into a small ramekin and add 1 tsp vinegar then stir to combine. It should fizz. Pour this mixture into the batter and mix until well blended. Use a spatula to fold in diced apples. The mixture will thicken slightly as it stands.

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

3. Heat a large non-stick pan (this Zwilling pan is the best one I’ve ever tried) over medium/low heat and add 2 to 3 Tbsp oil.

4. Fill a shallow bowl with 1/2 cup flour. Add batter a heaping tablespoon at a time (I used a flat ice cream scoop with trigger). Sprinkle flour generously over the top then gently lift pancake and pat from one hand to another to remove excess flour.

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

5. Saute in hot oil over med/low heat about 3 min per side. Flip when starting to form tiny bubbles on top. Transfer to a platter and serve warm with your favorite topping such as jam and sour cream!

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

Cheese Pancakes with Apple (Syrniki)

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Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast! Visit natashaskitchen.com for the farmers cheese recipe and tutorial.
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $5-$8
Serving: 4 to 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups farmers cheese, homemade or store-bought
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cups all-purpose flour + ½ cup for dredging
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 medium apple (any variety), peeled, cored and finely diced (about 1½ cups)
  • Light olive oil, canola or vegetable oil, to sautee

Instructions

  1. How to Make Farmer Cheese Pancakes:
  2. In a large bowl combine 2 cups farmers cheese, 4 eggs, ¾ cup flour, 3 Tbsp sugar, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp cinnamon. Use an electric hand mixer on medium speed and mix just until well blended.
  3. Place 1 tsp baking soda into a small ramekin and add 1 tsp vinegar then stir to combine. It should fizz. Pour this mixture into the batter and mix until well blended. Use a spatula to fold in diced apples. The mixture will thicken slightly as it stands.
  4. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium/low heat and add 2 to 3 Tbsp oil.
  5. Fill a shallow bowl with ½ cup flour. Add batter a heaping tablespoon at a time (I used a flat ice cream scoop). Sprinkle flour generously over the top then gently lift pancake and pat from one hand to another to remove excess flour.
  6. Saute in hot oil over med/low heat about 3 min per side. Flip when starting to form tiny bubbles on top. Transfer to a platter and serve warm with your favorite topping such as jam and sour cream!
  7. What I really mean to say is smothered in jam and sour cream. Absolutely delicious!

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

What I really mean to say is smothered in jam and sour cream. Absolutely delicious!

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

I keep remembering our first visit to Maui where we visited the Prince Hotel because our Entertainment book had a buy-one-get-one-coupon for their buffet – lol.

Ofcourse we went to a fancy place with a coupon! Anyways, I will always remember that as the best meal of my life. Do you have a best breakfast of your life story? I’d love to hear about it!

Apple and cheese pancakes are so light and fluffy. Serve these Ukrainian cheese pancakes with jam and sour cream for an unforgettable breakfast!

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  • Natalie
    October 5, 2017

    Amazing!! I grew up eating these, my mom would make serniki from home made farmers cheese but she never followed a recipe. I followed your recipe and they came out wonderful, fluffy with a crispy outer. thank you for the recipe!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 5, 2017

      You’re welcome Natalie! I’m happy to hear that! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Donna
    April 24, 2017

    I bake and cook regularly, and I enjoy many of your recipes, but this recipe did not work for me. I omitted the apples. The end result was a gummy outer skin that was even hard to cut through with a fork, the inside was not fluffy but heavy and flat. When I placed the prepared syrnychky on the heated pan, in the course of cooking, they grew and deformed, moving to the side lopsidedly, and touching another, even when 3 inches apart! . On my pancake griddle it took me double the amount of time to brown on a medium medium high heat. The end result though was flat and gummy, and too salty for my tastes ( farmers sheesh has salt and so does baking soda). My thoughts are that the eggs should be separated, the egg whites beaten separately and blended into batter at the end. There were 4 eggs for 2 cups cheese, which in retrospect was probably too much, giving the outside skin that gumminess, and the inside a beaten down interior. I would mix all dry ingredients, flour and leavening agent, together, and whip eggs with sugar separately, then combine, with egg whites beaten and added in the end. Maybe baking powder and soda combination would be better for the rise. I found the olive oil burning too fast..canola would be better. Sorry, still looking for the light fluffy syrnychky a relative made once using very little flour. But enjoy many other recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 24, 2017

      Hi Donna, This recipe is modified from our original syrniki to be made with apples. You might follow that recipe instead for omitting the apples completelyI haven’t had to make those modifications. Was your baking soda fresh? Did it give a strong fizzle when mixed with baking soda? Also, the extra light olive oil that I use does have a high smoke point so it works well in this recipe but you can definitely use canola as a substitute if you only have regular olive oil or virgin. Reply

  • Sofia
    March 28, 2017

    Was busy making your Ukrainian version with raisins until my 3 year old knocked the cup of raisins onto the floor. Huh. Ok. So then I was eyeing the bag of craisins in the pantry but found this recipe using apples instead. Came out great, I even omitted the cinnamon by accident. Still delicious.

    My husband and I are Ukrainian and I love all your recipes, keep up the good work! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 29, 2017

      LOL! That’s great to hear Sofia! Thank you so much for following 😀 Reply

  • Dave
    February 26, 2017

    My family and I liked these! I had difficulty dredging as the batter was too wet and loose. I added a bit more flour, but I probably should have added more. I have up and just cooked the syrniki without dredging. Still tasty, but missing the crust of the first few that I dredged. I’ll try it again at some point and add more flour. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 27, 2017

      Hi Dave, the batter is very soft and delicate. Sometimes if the cheese is too moist, the batter can be too loose. Also, using larger eggs can cause the batter to be more loose. I hope that helps 🙂 Reply

      • Dave
        November 28, 2017

        I picked up some Lithuanian farmer cheese at the local European Market, and this recipe worked really well. Dredging worked well and the syrniki were loved by all! Reply

  • Victoria
    December 22, 2016

    I gotta say I followed the directions to the exact measurements and my farmers cheese was not wet at all. These did not turn out at all!!! They are way too wet and runny. I think there should be more flour added to this recipe. What a waste of good ingredients! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 22, 2016

      I’m sorry to hear that! I just made this again a couple days ago and I’m always happy to help troubleshoot. Did you use any ingredient substitutions, such as using a different kind of flour? The batter should be very soft, but not wet. Also, did you use dry ingredient measuring cups for dry ingredients and liquid ingredient measuring cups for liquid ingredients? What was the consistency of your batter like? Reply

  • Yulia
    November 2, 2016

    Hi, Natasha=)
    I love, love sirniki but I’ve never tried to make my own farmers cheese, and we dont have it in stores anywhere by. Do you think I can use Ricotta? I just feel like Ricotta have way more moisture then farmers cheese. Reply

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