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Syrniki

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In Russian, Belarusian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Ukrainian cuisines, syrniki (Russian: сырники) are fried quark cheese pancakes, garnished with sour cream, jam, honey, or apple sauce. The cheese mixture may contain raisins for extra flavor. In Russia they are also known as tvorozhniki (творожники).

Left: Syrniki served with sour cream.

Syrniki are made from full-fat, creamy cottage cheese, mixed with flour, egg, and sugar, sometimes adding vanilla essence. The soft mixture is shaped into cakes, which are fried, generally in vegetable oil. The outsides become crispy, and the center is warm and creamy. They are sweet and served for breakfast or dessert. Their simplicity and relative lack of expensive ingredients makes them very popular in Eastern Europe.

The name syrniki is derived from the word сыр in Russian (transliteration: syr), meaning "cheese". Although the modern meaning of the word сыр (syr) in Russian is hard yellow cheese, the original word in Slavic languages stood for soft white cheese (similar to today's quark cheese). Thus, the word syrniki, derived from the old meaning of syr, came to designate pancakes made from soft white cheese.

Plain Syrniki Recipe

 
Cottage Cheese 500 g
Egg

1

Flour 10 tbsp
Sugar 4 tbsp
Butter 25 g
Vegetable oil 25 g

Mix the cottage cheese with the egg, sugar and 5 tbsp of flour:

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Pour the rest of the flour in a bowl. Drop the mixture from tip of tablespoon into the bowl. Dip you hands in flour (so that the cottage cheese mixture does not stick to your hands) and shape the mixture into pancakes by flattening it in your hands about 1cm or 0.5 inch thick and smoothing the edges.

Heat a small skillet; grease with vegetable oil and butter lightly. Place the pancakes on the hot skillet and brown on both sides:

 
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Serve hot with thick sour cream, milk, honey, or jam:   Highslide JS
 

Syrniki with Raisins Recipe

 
Cottage Cheese 500 g
Raisins 100 g
Egg

1

Flour 10 tbsp
Sugar 4 tbsp
Butter 25 g
Vegetable oil 25 g

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Mix the cottage cheese with the raisins, egg, sugar and 5 tbsp of flour:

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Drop the mixture from tip of tablespoon into a bowl with the rest of the flour. Dip you hands in flour (so that the cottage cheese mixture does not stick to your hands) and shape the mixture into pancakes by flattening it in your hands about 1cm or 0.5 inch thick and smoothing the edges:

 
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Heat a small skillet; grease with vegetable oil and butter lightly. Place the pancakes on the hot skillet and brown on both sides:

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Serve hot with thick sour cream, milk, honey, or jam:   Highslide JS
 

Recipes source: supercook.org

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