Farmer’s Cheese and Raisin Pancakes (Syrniki)

 Syrniki

Batter Ingredients (makes about 12 pancakes):

  • 15oz of farmer’s cheese or 2 packages (twarog)
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup of unbleached flour (+ another ⅓ cup for dusting the pancakes)
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon or half and orange
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp of olive oil (coconut oil could be a good substitute)


Directions: 

  1. To make batter, mix together cheese, eggs, ¾ cup flour, lemon or orange zest, vanilla extract, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Put baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl. Once it fizzes, add to the batter mix.
  3. Mix all together until everything has combined. It will still look a little clumpy, but that’s good! Stir in the raisins until they are evenly distributed.
  4. Coat bottom of a large pan with thin layer of oil on medium heat.
  5. In a separate small bowl, add ⅓ cup flour. Drop about 2 tbsp of batter mix to flour. An ice cream scoop would be helpful for this, but using 2 spoons works fine. Coat the entire pancake very lightly with flour and press down gently.
  6. Place the pancake onto the hot pan and heat for about 4 minutes on each side, or until golden. The center should look a little gooey and ooze a bit.
  7. Place the pancake on a plate and add sour cream and fresh fruit, or whatever else you would like!
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