Apple and Cottage Cheese Pancakes
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We were so happy to discover this new Polish apple and cottage cheese pancakes recipe. Or at least we think they are polish. We found it on a blog called Slodka Babka (isn’t that a cute blog name?).
The blog was written in Polish so we did some figuring and we determined they were likely Polish. It was interesting to find out what a “dag” was. It doesn’t convert to grams like Google translator would like to make you believe. If you were really curious, 1 dag = 10 grams. Any-who, what you have here is a darn good breakfast recipe.
What I love about these pancakes (besides being delicious), is they’re so quick and easy to make. There’s no yeast, no baking powder or baking soda, and there’s no waiting around for the batter to rise, yet it’s fluffy. I don’t think I would have ever thought to make them like this. It’s genius. Read on to find out the easy and wonderful little secret.
4 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
3 medium apples peeled, cored and grated
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
1 Tbsp honey
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 pinch salt
Grape seed or extra light olive oil to saute
Powdered sugar for dusting, optional
How to Make the Apple Cottage Cheese Pancakes:
1. In a large bowl, mix 1 ¼ cup of flour, 4 egg yolks, 3 grated apples, 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1 Tbsp of honey, ¼ tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Mix until evenly blended.
2. In a separate, clean bowl (in case you like to use dirty bowls I guess; sorry, that was a duh) beat egg whites 1.5 minutes on high speed with a hand mixer until foamy and soft peaks form. Fold the egg whites carefully into in the rest of the mix using a spatula.
3. Add 2-3 Tbsp of grape seed or extra light olive oil to a large nonstick skillet and preheat it to a med/high. Drop a tablespoon-full of the mixture onto the hot oiled skillet and press it down slightly. Saute for 3-4 minutes per side until golden on each side.
Dust with powdered sugar if you want to pretty it up and serve with sour cream or your favorite jam. Enjoy:D
Apple and Cottage Cheese Pancakes
- 4 eggs, whites and yolks separated
- 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 3 medium apples peeled, cored and grated
- 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- Grapeseed or extra light olive oil to saute
- Powdered sugar for dusting, optional
In a large bowl, mix 1 ¼ cup of flour, 4 egg yolks, 3 grated apples, 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1 Tbsp honey, ¼ tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt, stir until blended.
In a separate, clean bowl, beat egg whites 1.5 minutes on high speed until foamy and soft peaks form. Fold the egg whites carefully into in the rest of the mix with a spatula.
Add 2-3 Tbsp oil to a large nonstick skillet and preheat it to a med/high. Drop a tablespoon-full of the batter onto the hot oiled skillet and press it down slightly. Saute for 3-4 minutes per side until golden on each side.
Serve with powdered sugar, sour cream or your favorite jam. Enjoy!
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Can you please provide the nutritional info for the Apple and Cottage Cheese Pancakes? Thanks for your time
Hi, we are slowly working through all our recipes to add nutrition info, but it is time-consuming as they have to be added one at a time. Thank you for being patient!
So excited to try this recipe! I wondered what kind of apples you like to use for these pancakes. Thank you, Natasha, for sharing such wonderful recipes!
You’re welcome! Any type of apples should be okay, it depends on your preference. I sometimes use gala apples for this recipe.
We have made these at least 10 times now. They are so delicious. I love having a pancake that has more fiber and protein and it’s just amazing tasting. This is one of my favorite pancake recipes. Thank you for sharing it.
Wow looks like you and your family really loved this recipe. Thank you!
Made these today. They are AMAZING!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Fluffy and absolutely delicious. My kids gobbled them up in 5 minutes.
I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Liliya!
These were delicious with sour cream and jam. I didn’t have cottage cheese, so I used the ricotta I had instead. They still turned out wonderful!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Diana! Thank you for the wonderful review!
Thanks Natasha. DO YOU HAVE VIDEO APPLE AND COTTAGE CHEESE PANCAKES? I DIDN’T FIND. THANKS.
Unfortunately I don’t but I will keep your request in mind!
Hi Natasha, can I use farmer’s cheese instead of cottage cheese in this recipe? It’s not as moist so I can add less flour and/or one more egg.
Hi Natasha, your ideas sound good but I haven’t tested it that way so it is difficult to advise. When I make pancakes with farmers cheese, we make these cheese pancakes with apples :). If you experiment with these, let me know how you like them!
Thank you for your reply, Natasha! I made them this morning with farmer’s cheese and they were delicious! My husband doesn’t like fruits in deserts but did not even notice apples in them 🙂 And my one year old boy ate two pancakes at once! I did add a bit less flour and used jumbo eggs instead of large or extra large.
Oh, and I used ghee instead of oil.
Everyday pancake and fries food for breakfast. Love pancake because so simply and can make more combination with other ingredients.
These are a nice treat for breakfast and they are loaded with fruit and protein which is a nice bonus 🙂
Hi Natasha, I’m not a big fan of cottage cheese. Can I substitute it with russian version of cottage cheese? How about if I make them without cottage cheese?
I haven’t tried that substitution so I’m not sure if it would be too dry or not. Have you tried the sirniki that I have posted? They are soooo yummy! https://natashaskitchen.com/2012/02/16/ukrainian-syrniki-recipe/
Do you know the cheese “twarog”? It’s not really cottage cheese and it’s what is used in this recipe originally. Sometimes I use ricotta cheese when I can’t make it to the Polish store. Smacznego 🙂
Natasha, I used my Vitamix to “grate” the apples and made these with GF flour–so,so, so good!!! Thanks for all your grease work on this one!!!
That’s a “grate” idea! get, it? haha I crack myself up. Seriously, very smart! 🙂
These are the best pancakes I have ever tried. I’m so glad I discovered this recipe. Thank you so much Natasha!
You are welcome Vicky, thank you for the great review :).
Though I am not the first to post my comments but I couldn’t be silent. I have been thinking about those pancakes for a month. And they were worth waiting for. They turned out to be so fluffy (cause of whites) and moist (apples) at the same time. Awesomely delicious!!! I will definetely tell my friends in Poland about this recipe. They will love it. Natasha, thank you for posting all your “tryings”!
I’m so so happy you loved it and thank you very much for sharing the recipe with your friends! I sure appreciate the fantastic review 🙂
My husband and I love this recipe!! I’ve made these three times now the past week!:) I love the combination of the apple in it! Yum thank you so much.
Now you have me craving them. I think I’ll make them for breakfast tomorrow morning. Thanks Angela! 🙂
Made these for our family dinner tonight and we ate them all and kids were asking for more. Yummy!
Thank you for a great review Mila, we tend to have the same dilemma 🙂
My kids love these! They stay good all throughout the day. Thanks!
That reminds me of growing up in my Moms house 🙂 she’d make a big batch of pancakes and we munched on leftovers thorough out the day 🙂
I am so in love with these! I make them all the time, so delicious! Even my husband likes them and he’s not a big fan of pancakes, this recipe is truly a keeper!
Thanks so much for the awesome review! I’m so happy you and the Mr. enjoyed these pancakes 🙂 They are also one of my favorites!!
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Talk about a picture is worth a thousand words! These ones are beautiful…so making these for breakfast this week while my kids are off school for a half-term break. Yum!
Thank you so much 🙂 I re-photographed them today since I was making them for brunch 🙂
I’ve done the same with some of the early recipes and it was so worth it, a sudden traffic boost to posts that were completely ignored. Photos are so powerful! 🙂 Just love yours!
Thank you! I still always beat myself up over them; always trying to make them better… Maybe I spend too much time looking at food on pinterest? Anyway, thanks for the compliment!
I found it too that cheese goes with an apple very well.
Cooked or raw! 🙂
Trying this tomorrow, looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Hope you love them! I think I need to make them again tomorrow! Thanks for the reminder 🙂
Can u make this recipe except without the apples? My husband has been asking me for straight-up cottage cheese pancakes…would it work?
Ps. I absolutely LOVE your recipes!
The apples make up about 50% of this recipe so I don’t think you’ll be able to leave them out. Have you tried them with apples and he didn’t like the apples? Have you tried the tvorog pancakes? They are cheese pancakes without any fruit and oh so delicious! https://natashaskitchen.com/2012/02/16/ukrainian-syrniki-recipe/
do you drain the cottage cheese? it is watery which might not be easy for frying…. thanks!
No need to drain the cottage cheese. I didn’t drain it and it turned out perfect 🙂
Any blog named “Slodka Babka” is pretty awesome!
Love that you have become my go to blog when I’m looking for something new to try 🙂 these look great
Thank you Kasia :).
What a brilliant recipe! I love the taste of these pancakes! 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Yum Yum Yum!
I’ve made these twice now. The first time I followed directions exactly, except I was lazy and didn’t separate yolks from egg whites. They turned out delicious but not as fluffy. Yesterday, I made these again with the following changes: used 1 apple and 2 pears (because that’s all I had) and subbed cottage cheese with GREEK YOGURT (for those of you asking about what else you could use in place of it). THEY WERE AWESOME! I have a great pancake recipe that uses greek yogurt so I knew it would produce great results in this recipe as well. Thank you Natasha! Keep up the great work!
You are welcome Alya and great job on improvising :).
these are my favorite, perfect combination, I love them, and my kids enjoy them like a special breakfast. Thank you so much. I am definitely giving 5 stars.
Thank you Veronika for such a great review. You are awesome!
I made these for dinner this evening–scrumptious! A hit with the whole family.
Oh I haven’t thought of making them for dinner. That’s a great idea! Thank yo!
I’ve made these a few times now and absolutely love them, as does my 2yo and hubs.
Thank you for posting!
Music to my ears 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoy the recipe!
🙂 all the best to you.
Natasha, you have the BEST recipe website I have EVER been on!!! I am telling ALL my family and friends about it! The pictures, the ease of making the recipes into PDF’s…and of course, THE RECIPES! I am Polish so these are all like being home! Just like my mom makes! Thanks for all these AMAZING recipes and instructions!!!
I love getting comments like this :D. Thank you very much Paulina.
Using whole wheat flour, would they turn out differently? Mine would burn and not not be fully cooked inside. I think whole wheat flour was the issue.
It may be. Whole wheat flour doesn’t rise as well so they wouldn’t be as fluffy. Also try cooking on a little lower heat with a tad more oil. I’d recommend regular flour for this recipe.
These are soooo good!!! Thank you natashka!
Making these as i type right now 🙂 they’re turning out very nice and yummy! thank you Natasha.
Awesome :), great breakfast dish.
OMy!! OMy!! OMy!! I just made these this morning and OMG!! They are absolutely AMAZING. I recently had sirniki at my moms house but they don’t even come close to these (sorry mom). These pancakes are fluffy and FULL of flavor. I am definitely making this recipe for my mom next time, she will be impressed =) Thank you Natasha. I just recently discover your blog and I have a feeling I will be making every one of your recipes.
Wow that is one of the best reviews of a recipe so far! Thank you!
Love the recipe…Can’t wait to try it. Have been looking for a healthy pancake recipe without baking soda/powder to feed a finicky 1 n half yr old (aren’t they all finicky?). This sounds like a to-do. Thanx
Yes, they are! 🙂 My son enjoys this with plenty of sour cream and powdered sugar! 😉
These are Sooo Yummy!!! My sister with her family was over today and so I decided to make some of these(kids love pancakes anytime of the day). And me and my sister could not eat enought of them 🙂 They are light and very healthy. Thank you Natasha for all your hard work to give us these delicious recipes!
You are so welcome Nadia. We actually made those today again as well 😀
Hi Natasha, this recipe is so yummy, quick, easy and my kids love it. I had it memorized after the first time I made it. I did make it a few times with ricotta cheese because I didn’t have any cottage cheese on hand. Finally, made it with cottage cheese today but you know what, I prefer it with ricotta, probably because it’s more of a mild taste. Thank you for the recipe 🙂
I will have to try it with ricotta. Thank you for the tip!! Did you use the same amount as cottage cheese?
Yes, I did 🙂 Also, I used 20 oz. apples which are awesome baking apples 🙂
Hi Natasha, made these this morning and my family including kids loved it. Will definately make these again. Thanks for sharing.
That’s the best when kids love a recipe. Thanks for letting me know 🙂
Hi Natasha! I made these today, but I changed it a little by adding fresh grated pumpkin instead of 1 apple .Yum…they were so good, kids loved it too. thanks for sharing.
Awesome, I will try your suggestion :). I actually have some pumpkins at home.
I want to make these in the morning but only have 1/2 cup cottage cheese. Is there anything I can put into it to replace the other half of cheese without having to decrease the pancake amount? For instance: add more apples, or add another cheese? Any suggestions? I made these already and they were yum, we’re eaten up like no tomorrow.
I really can’t think of anything. Someone wrote in that Tvorog didn’t work, so I can’t really suggest something without testing it myself. Sorry 🙁 But I am glad you liked the recipe 😀
I can’t wait to surprise my hubby with these! I love all your recipes and having grown up in a Russian home, I adore the fact that I can duplicate my grandma’s and mom’s homecooking now. I feel so accomplished and it’s all because of you. Thank you for all you do, Natasha!
Stacy that’s awesome! Thank you so much 🙂 I hope you and your hubby love the pancakes!
This recipe looks amazing Natasha. I can’t wait to try it.
What pluggin do you use for your format? I like the layout its similar to the easy recipe pluggin so I was just seeing if that was the same one you have as well. They’ve recently changed some of their pluggin options (you now have to pay for them) so I was just curious. 🙂
I’ll come back and share when we try your recipe. I love that you shared the cost as well. That is something I’m always considering when I try a recipe
It’s the easy recipe pluggin for WordPress and it’s great because google search results produces a photo! 🙂 and my readers seem to love it!
Printer version is awesome but would it at all be possible to write estimated time it takes to make the recipe? It would be SOOOO helpful 🙂 and looking fwd to trying these! Especially now that it’s apple season! Thanks for all ur hard work. Blessings to you and ur family!
Hi Olga. Thanks for your feedback. Good news! I have the time frames on the print version. 🙂
Wow I guess I totally overlooked that!
Love the New print format. Thank u sooo much.
By the way, I think it would be better if you posted the new recipe format at the top of the page rather than at the bottom 🙂
Thank you for the suggestion Alison. All the big bloggers like Steamykitchen, Simplyrecipes and Pioneerwoman put it on the bottom of the posts, so I try to follow their format, but nothing is set in stone 🙂
Hi Natasha, I just wanted to pop in to say thank you – it is very inspiring knowing than someone actually uses the recipes I am posting 🙂 I am very glad you liked the pancakes – they are one of my favorites too 🙂 Your photos are beautiful 🙂 Warm greetings from Poland 🙂
Ola, thank you!! And thank you for the amazing recipe. I’m excited to try more of your recipes! It’s so awesome to hear from you 🙂
Love the format!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks sooo much!
Very yummy indeed! I made these yesterday & my 3 year old daughter (and I) loved them 🙂
It’s so nice to make something that you can enjoy together with the kids instead of having to make a separate meal for them :).
Dang Natasha! Youre always making some cool changes. This format is great and I think it looks awesome and professional in my recipe book;)
Thank you Snezhana 🙂
Thank you so much for the new and improved! 🙂 And the recipe is wonderful as always.
You are welcome Ana. I love trying new recipes and this one is a keeper for sure. 🙂
This is a great way to use apples while they’re in season. My kids would love it!!!! and I like your new print format.thanks for sharing.
You are welcome Nadia. My son eats them up, of course with some powdered sugar on top 🙂
Love, love, love!
Thanks for the recipe Natasha. Do you know if I can use farmers cheese instead?
Yes you can, I have another similar recipe which uses farmers cheese. 🙂
These look awesome! I am Polish – & these are a spin on the traditional apple pancakes. Thanks for linking up to the original blog too! =)
I like to give a credit where it belongs 🙂
Wow!! Love the new format Natasha://
Thank you Natasha.
ahhh I need to make these ASAP! Love the new format.
Thank you Olviya, I just love how simple they are :).
Love the new version! The page is so cute with the picture and everything, it’s going directly into my cookbook/binder 🙂 Also, I love how this recipe requires everything that I have on hand every day 🙂
Thank you Mary. That’s what I love about this recipe as well, I can make it any day of the week 😀
I love your print option!!! I will defiantly try this yummy recipe tomorrow. Please let me know how to make this print option for my blog:-)
Thank you Lea. Print option plugin is designed for WordPress. Try to research different print plugins available for blogspot, I hope you find it.
These look soooo good! I am trying though to eat less wheat these days. Any idea which flour I can use as a substitute?
I only used regular flour so far. Click here to read about alternatives to wheat flour, hope it helps.
In a hurry one day, I just added cottage cheese and diced apples rolled in cinnamon to a “store bought boxed batter”…Guess what? It was very good~
Really!!…Great fix on a school morning when time is limited:))
Nice!! That’s awesome. Do you mean pancake batter?
Those look delicious, and I have lots of apples in my orchard.
Looks like you have some cooking to do Victor 🙂
I loveee the new layout!! Your recipes are amazing!! Keep up the wonderful work. Your bright personality resonates through your words and pictures love it! 🙂
Thank you very much Tanya, new layout makes my cooking easier and I hope it will make yours too 🙂
I like the new print version. I usually don’t print recipes but just bring my laptop into the kitchen. The new print version means I no longer have to scroll up and down with sticky fingers.
Thank you Inna, I feel the same way :).
Love the new format, don’t have to jump up and down the page. Plus I like having a printed copy to keep in my recipe binder in the kitchen. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Like another blogger said, “you are my new cookbook” and my favorite cookbook. Thank you 😉
Thank you so much Vera, this means a lot to me :).
This is great printer friendly format, I’ve actually never commented before but I LOVE the recipes you have, I have tried ALOT of them :o) love love love the tres leche cake AMAZING! seriously though thanks for sharing these recipes and in very detailed instructions and posting new ones so often! awesome!
Thanks again and many blessings to you and your family :o)
Thank you so much Lena, your comment made me smile 😀
Looks delicious. .and probably is ! Will have to try this!
Thank you, I hope you love it as much as we do 🙂
Oh and I can’t believe I was right about the egg whites. I thought I’d be wrong cause I couldn’t imagine frying beaten egg whites. Learned something new!
I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to spoil the surprise!! Your husband and son just stopped by and tried some new muffins. 🙂
Oh, I’ll have to ask them about it. We were busy with something when they came home, so I didn’t get a chance to ask what they did. I know Noah loved stopping by to play with David, though.
Ok, I’m seriously making these today, as I have both apples and cottage cheese. Along with an apple sharlotka and pumpkin spice cupcakes in the plans, and the plum pie I just finished! I’m totally into fall baking (frying in this case) right now–how am I ever gonna lose this baby weight??
You are on a roll!! Wow! I probably wouldn’t get that much done with a new baby. Good job!!
love love all your recipes! My new cook book (;
Thank you Maria 🙂
This looks yummy!! Can’t wait to try! 🙂
The new recipe layout is great. I especially love when measurements of ingredients are repeated in the directions portion, since I often get lost trying to figure out the next step while going back to the ingredient list to see how much of what is needed. Unfortunately when it comes to cooking, I am not as organized as I wish to be, and instead of everything measured out and ready to go, I have boxes, cans, canisters of needed ingredients and one measuring cup 🙂 This recipe layout will definitely make my cooking experiences easier. Great Job!
Thank you so much. I did it that way because I don’t like to keep jumping back and forth between the instructions and the ingredients list. Glad it makes your cooking easier 🙂
I totally agree with others! Your way of repeating all the measurements in the instructions makes everything so much easier! Non of other bloggers do that. Way to go, Natasha!
Love the new format. Great job
Thank you. Thank you. 😉
I love this new version. I’ve tried several of your recipes and even my mom commented that she didn’t know I could cook/bake. You’re my little or not so little secret.
Oh your comment brought me some joy today. Thank you! 🙂
Oh Natasha! As of right now, I am printing this recipe and running to my kitchen to try it! HA! I just LOVE the new way you have set up to print recipes! It is sooo convenient! THANK YOU, DEAR!
Ok, that’s one vot YES 🙂 Thank you Liana. I’m always happy to hear from you.
Liana and I think ALIKE, because we are sisters! I also just printed the recipe out. We always have cottage cheese around and i just bought couple bags of apples. Looking forward trying these pancakes this morning! thank you!
You’re welcome Angelina, let me know what you think once you do a taste test 🙂