Russian Cheese Pancakes


Preparation info
  • 4 to 6

    • Difficulty


Appears in
A Taste of Russia

By Darra Goldstein

Published 1983

  • About

The name syrniki derives from the Russian word syr, “cheese.” These delightful cheese pancakes provide a pleasant diversion from the usual griddle cakes for a Sunday-morning brunch or a late-evening supper.


  • 2 pounds Russian Cottage Cheese (tvorog) or farmer cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1


If the tvorog is wet, place it under a press until it loses all excess moisture. Then mix in the egg yolks, egg, salt, sugar and flour, blending well. Form the cheese mass into 2 sausage-shaped rolls. Chill for 30 minutes (or up to a couple of days).

When ready to serve the pancakes, cut the rolls into 1-inch-thick rounds, gently shaping the cheese mass into patties with your han