Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes (Syrniki/Сырники)

Servings: 12


Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes (Syrniki/Сырники)


· 2 egg yolks· 2 cups (1 pound) tvorog or farmer’s cheese, homemade or store-bought· Scant 1⁄2 cup sugar· 3⁄4 cup flour· 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder· Pinch of salt· A tablespoon or two of heavy cream (optional)· 2 tablespoons unsalted butter· 2 tablespoons vegetable oil· Sour cream, for garnish


Step 1Preparation In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks into the farmer’s cheese, then stir in the sugar. Mix together 1⁄2 cup of the flour, the baking powder, and the salt and add to the cheese mixture. If the mixture seems dry, add a little heavy cream.Step 2Place the butter and oil over medium-low heat in a large nonstick skillet and melt the butter.Step 3Sprinkle the remaining 1⁄4 cup flour onto a plate and dust your hands with some flour, too. With your hands or a spoon, scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the batter and set the mound on the floured plate. Use your hands to gently shape it into a round patty about 2 inches in diameter and coat it lightly on all sides with flour. Repeat with the remaining batter.Step 4Carefully transfer the patties to the pan and cook them slowly until the undersides are browned, about 3 minutes. Turn with a spatula and cook until the other sides are browned, 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve immediately, with sour cream.Step 5Step 6Step 7Reprinted with permission from Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes andStep 8Lore by Darra Goldstein, copyright © 2020. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc.Step 9Buy the full book from Amazon.Step 10