Russian syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes)
Added by Maria Sorokina | Fri 25 Feb 2011 @ 08:32
Syrniki - cottage cheese pancakes cooked across all Eastern Europe. It\'s one of those dishes that I grew up with. I moved from watching how my mom makes them to helping her make them and finally to making them myself.
500 gr cottage cheese
2 tbs sugar
pinch of salt
2-3 tbs flour
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tea spoon vanilla sugar
Combine the eggs with sugar, salt, lemon zest and vanilla sugar. Add the cottage cheese and mix well. Add the flour and mix. Start from 2 tbs. If you see the butter is too thin, add the third tbs. The final texture should be around this.
In a large frying pan heat 2 tbs of vegetable oil. Set the heat to medium and scoop the butter in using a table spoon or ice-cream scooper.
Cook for a minute or 2 till the syrniki get good color from one side.
Flip them over, reduce the heat to low, put the lid on and cook for another 6-8 minutes. Take ready syrniki out and keep them warm till serving. Repeat with the rest of the butter.
Syrniki are best right out from the pan so be sure to have at least one while you\'re making them. I prefer them served with sour cream, but pick something you like: butter, honey, sweet condensed milk and jam seem to be the favorite compliments in Russia.
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