Syrniki are sweet, cheesy Russian pancakes that are soft on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside. They're especially delicious when topped with homemade blueberry syrup and sour cream, but also good with your favorite maple syrup, butter, or whipped cream. They’re easy to make but feel like a breakfast treat, and are a great way to mix up your classic pancakes.
The pancakes are made with farmer’s cheese, which is the closest thing we have in the U.S. to a Russian cheese called tvorog. It’s similar to ricotta cheese but has less water content, making it is drier. You can usually find farmer’s cheese in the deli section or where the ricotta and sour cream are stocked. You can also try your hand at making your own farmer’s cheese if you're feeling ambitious.
- 16 ounces farmer’s cheese
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (divided)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup light vegetable oil (for frying)