Sirniki – Russian Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes for Breakfast

Sirniki – Russian Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes for Breakfast

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This dish takes me into my childhood.  My mom would make this Russian dish very frequently when I was little.  To this day every time I stop by for a visit at my parents’ house I ask my mom to make these.  They are called Сырники [SIR-nee-kee] in Russian and translate into cheese pancakes.  Trust me, they may sound non-appetizing but they are little cakes from heaven.  Fried farmer’s cheese pancakes served with sour cream, jam, honey or for an American twist with maple syrup are one of my favorite things to make for Matt and I.  The first time I made these for Matt, he instantly fell in love with them.  He has a soft spot for sirniki and I am more than happy to indulge his craving … and mine too.

Sirniki – Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes
Makes about 8 small sized pancakes; enough for two very hungry people 

Ingredients:
about 15 oz (400-500 grams) of farmer’s cheese.  You can find a package of farmer’s cheese by Lifeway in whole foods.
2 eggs
1 tsp. of vanilla extract or paste
6 tbsp. of white flour
pinch of sea salt
1/3 cup of raisins (optional)

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Directions:

  1. Combine farmer’s cheese, eggs and vanilla extract/paste.  I prefer to use vanilla bean paste as this has vanilla bean specks which improves any dish.

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2.  Add some love aka. sugar.  Don’t forget to add a pinch of sea salt as well.
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3.  Add raisins (optional) and flour and mix everything to incorporate.
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4.  Make palm size round patties from the dough.  Make sure to use wet hands as dough is very sticky and having wet hands makes the patties stick less.

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5.  Heat some canola or olive oil in your pan and place patties to fry.  Make sure the oil is hot enough so when you add sirniki to a pan, they sizzle.  Failing to have a hot pan will make sirniki absorb oil and be greasy.  Cover your pan and fry sirniki for about 15 min on one side on a medium low heat until light golden.  Turn them over and fry for another 15 min.
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Enjoy sirniki a traditional Russian way with sour cream.  I like mine with sour cream and maple syrup.  Feel free to dress them up with fruit, honey, jams, or sweet condensed milk.

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