Ukrainian Syrniki (Cheese Pancakes)

Syrniki are Ukrainian pillowy-soft farmer's cheese pancakes traditionally served for breakfast with a dollop of sour cream. We make them easy with ricotta cheese!

Ricotta cheese Eggs Cane sugar Whole wheat or spelt flour Pure vanilla extract Oil Yogurt, sour cream, jam, butter or sugar for serving.

Ingredients You Need

Line mesh strainer with coffee filters, linen kitchen towel or double folded paper towel, add ricotta cheese and place over a bowl to drain in the fridge for 1 hour.


In a large mixing bowl, add drained ricotta, eggs, sugar, 3/4 cup flour and vanilla extract.


Stir batter with spatula to combine.


Place 3/4 cup flour on medium size plate, scoop 1/2 cup ricotta mixture and place it on flour. Roll gently into ball.


Place ball in one hand and flatten into 2/3 inch thickness hockey puck.


Add 1 tbsp oil to hot skillet and swoosh it around with your other free hand, and place your hockey puck in it. Repeat quickly and make more syrniki to fill up the skillet.


Pan fry for about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown (carefully peak under) and carefully flip quickly with a good spatula. Repeat with remaining batter.


Serve syrniki with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream and jam/fresh fruit. Or sour cream and sprinkled with sugar.


Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. They keep well. I recommend to reheat in a microwave or just enjoy cold.


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