These Russian Farmer Cheese Blueberry Syrniki/Pancakes (Творожные Сырники) make a perfect breakfast, lunch or a dessert. Nice and crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Serve with sour cream or jam, or BOTH!
I was so excited to find Lifeway Old Fashioned Farmers Probiotic Farmer Cheese at the Sprouts Farmers Market recently. First of all the Sprouts has the BEST, freshest and most delicious produce at the unbelievable prices. Bought cherries, peaches, apricots at 98 cents per pound! I was ‘On cloud nine‘!
Then I found the Lifeway Farmer cheese for Syrniki!
This particular farmer cheese is not as dry as the White cheese (Tvorog) from the Russian store so just add a bit more flour to it. Works perfectly and the Syrniki!
As you can see I didn’t add blueberries to the Syrniki this time, but rather made a homemade fruit jam to go along with them. So Delicious!
This is how many I was able to make from the recipe below. You can add more sugar if you like, it’s up to you.
Cook on low and slow. I often cover the skillet with a lid so they cook better on the inside.
Bought White cheese (Tvorog) from the Russian store and decided to make the Traditional Syrniki! Syrniki are very popular in Slavik kitchens and have been enjoyed for many generations. My family Loves them!
One of my Secret Ingredients that I always use for pancakes, muffins, cakes and other sweets, is my beloved – Baileys’ Coffee Creamer – Crème Brulee!!! I have tried other flavors, but find this one is the Best, for us. I Always have it on hand since I like it in my coffee daily! It gives an Excellent Flavor and Aroma to your baking goods as well, I prefer to use it instead of adding vanilla. Give it a try. I add it to my oatmeal with milk in the morning or with buckwheat and milk – Delicious!
When making Syrniki, pancakes, kotletki or similar, try to make them smaller size. First, smaller is fool-proof, meaning it will be much easier for you to handle, flip and will not fall apart. Second, smaller cooks faster. And third, smaller look more Elegant on the plate, like someone took the time to make it “just right”! There is a fourth reason, lol, smaller is better when you watch calories, you can portion what you eat better!
- 1 package of Lifeway Bazarny Premium White Cheese or 1 pound Farmer's cheese (2 pkgs Friendship brand)
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tbsp. Baileys' Coffee Creamer - Crème Brulee (or use 1 tsp. Vanilla extract)
- 2 Tbsp. Sugar or more if you like
- ½ tsp. Salt
- ½ Cup Flour
- ½ Cup Blueberries (optional)
- extra flour, for drenching
- oil for frying (used 2 Tbsp. Light Olive and 1 Tbsp. Hazelnut for added flavor, vegetable oil can be used as well)
- Empty the package of white cheese into a large bowl and shred or mash it well with a fork so that you have small curds.
- Add in eggs, creamer, sugar and salt. Mix well.
- Add flour and blueberries (if using) and gently combine.
- Add flour to your workspace. The easiest way to make these looking uniformed is to place the cheese mixture into the flour and rolling it into a long log covering well with flour on all sides.
- Cut the dough into equal pieces.
- Take each piece and dust with flour. Shape into ¾ inch thick circles. Make sure the syniki are not sticky on any sides.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add about 3 tbsp. of oil . Reduce heat to medium-low.
- Gently place floured syrniki into the pan and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden brown.
- Transfer to a warm plate and cover. Continue with another batch.
- Serve with sour cream or jam, or both!!! 🙂