Syrniki are kind of like the American pancake, but a bit shrunken and more soft? Um, chewy like a bagel, but a lot softer and cheesy. Well, not cheesy cheesy, but, you know, creamy cheesy.
Actually, to be honest, they taste nothing like a pancake. They have a category of their own.
I guess they can be described as Russian pancakes made with farmers cheese. Just like almost everything else in Russian desserts are. But thats a good thing. Farmers cheese is packed with good for your things. Like lots of protein, which is great for that morning boost we all need.
This is my mamma’s old and trusted recipe she had since I was a kid. We like to eat em with a dollop of sour cream and powdered sugar. They also taste great with maple syrup or jam. Or anything else your like to smother your pancakes in.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the eggs and farmers cheese until combined. (Fork or spoon would work) ( You can also use homemade farmers cheese)
In a separate large mixing bowl, mix together sifted flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda until combined. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix well until everything is incorporated. The dough will be sticky and lumpy.Transfer the dough onto a well floured surface. Sprinkle some flour on top and shape into a log. About 2 inches wide (not length).
Cut about 3/4 inch sections of the log vertically with a knife (or spatula? I guess it works too.) For each cut out dough, dip sides in flour. Using your fingers, squish sides to form into a circle and flatten the top. Heat a non stick skillet or griddle on medium high heat. Add a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet, or genoursly grease the griddle. Shake off excess flour and fry the syrniki about 2-3 minutes on both sides. Place fried syrniki on paper towel to soak up that oil.
(It’s easy to make your own farmers cheese, click here for the recipe)