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Syrnyky (Ukrainian farmer cheese pancakes)

Sava's Kitchen
Moderately sweet, high protein syrnyky pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast recipes. Traditionally served with sour cream, jam, or berries, these delicious pancakes are made with farmers' cheese, egg yolk, flour, and a little bit of sugar.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Ukrainian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • cutting board
  • non stick frying pan
  • sheet pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1.2 cup farmer cheese
  • 6 Tablespoons white flour (2 for the coating) or more if needed
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon butter for frying

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add measured farmer cheese, sugar, 4 Tablespoons of flour, salt, egg yolk and vanilla extract. Mix everything with the fork until well combined.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour on a cutting board, or a table. Flour your hands well and form the roll resembling a large burrito. Place the roll on a cutting board and coat it with the flour. Cut the roll into 6-7 thick pieces. Lay them on a flat side, flatten little bit with hands and dredge with flour. Flip and repeat. Leave syrnyky at least 1 inch thick.
  • Preheat pan over medium heat, add butter. When butter is hot, lay pancakes carefully and fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown crust appeared.
  • Transfer syrnyky on a prepared pan and bake for 7-8 minutes. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream, jam or berries.

Notes

  • if syrnyky start falling apart when frying, add more flour.
  • the dough will be sticky and very soft. It will be tempting to add more flour. But if you are able to from a roll on a table (you will not need too much pressure, because the dough will be super soft), no need to add more flour.
  • it's easier to form the roll on the surface. It will stretch and break if you do it in the air.
  • make sure to coat each pancake with flour well.
Keyword cheese pancakes, russian syrniki, syrniki
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