Syrniki (Russian and Ukrainian pancakes) served with sour cream

Syrniki – Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Syrniki are traditional dish in the Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian cuisine. This is pancakes from quark (cottage cheese), eggs and flour, which usually fried on a vegetable oil or butter. To bake syrniki in the oven tasty as well (recipe is here).

Using less flour guarantees gentle creamy texture of pancakes.  You could also add in the batter raisins, chopped dried apricot, fresh apples or pears. In today’s recipe I’ll add banana and raisins.

If cottage cheese too wet – squeeze out it well before add to the batter. Or if you want to have really thin texture of syrniki – you should rub the quark through the sieve. Usually I don’t do it, because I’d like to feel texture of quark.

Simplicity and delicious taste of this recipe will make syrniki one of your favorite breakfast recipes. Crispy outside and the center are warm and creamy, syrniki are perfect to serve with sour cream, jam, honey or fresh berries.


  • 450-500 g (1 pound) quark (cottage cheese)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus ½ cup for dredging
  • 1-2 tablespoons raisins
  • Vanilla sugar to taste
  • 1 banana
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil (sunflower, coconut oil etc.) for frying

Video-recipe Syrniki

Let’s get started!!!

  1. In a large bowl thoroughly whisk egg with sugar until white and smooth. Add vanilla sugar, cottage cheese and raisins. Mash banana with fork, put into a bowl and stir all ingredients. Let batter rest at the room temperature for 10-15 minutes, so all ingredients connected well.
  2. With hands or spoons form syrniki, sized about palm and a thickness 1,5-2 cm. Put each pancake into a bowl with flour and sprinkle flour over. Then place it on a well-floured table.
  3. Heat butter or vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden-brown. Place fried pancakes on the paper to absorb extra butter.
  4. You may sprinkle syrniki with powdered sugar and serve them with sour cream, jam, honey or fresh berries. It’s very tasty with tea, coffee or cocoa drink.

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Recipe category:Desserts
Recipe Yeld:3 Portions
Preparation Time:20M
Total Time:30M
Calories:495 Calories


4 responses to “Syrniki – Russian Cottage Cheese Pancakes”

  1. Carolyn Possamai Avatar
    Carolyn Possamai

    could you make this easier to print so I can try this lovely recipe?
    Thank you for your time and research to find something yummy to share!

  2. Rob Jon Avatar
    Rob Jon

    Banana, this is not Ukrainian

  3. Hank Bayer Avatar
    Hank Bayer

    This looks great and most likely tastes the same. I am leaving my Email so that you can invite me to your house the next time you make them.

  4. Tamara Morton Avatar
    Tamara Morton

    I’m sorry to say that this turned out terribly for me. I followed the directions but I could tell after everything was incorporated that it was way too runny and there was no flour. So I added 2 tablespoons of flour and it still turned out like a cottage cheese and egg mash of some kind. Darn it. I was in the mood for something that was a little bit sweet, too.

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