Sirniki (Russian Cheese Pancakes)




Happy Monday!

Every Monday, I get up, shower, eat breakfast, and sit down to work. Not today! Since Thanksgiving is this week, I decided to do something different this morning to break my routine up a bit, so I got into the kitchen (my favorite room in the house now) and made Sirniki (hubby will be VERY happy when he gets home from work). Sirniki are light and fluffy cheese pancakes, which are very popular in Slavik kitchens and have been enjoyed for many generations. My mom made these when I was young and now I make them! I make my own farmer’s cheese, but if you don’t have time to make your own, you can certainly buy it. But, I always say, homemade is best.

Here is the recipe, feel free to adjust ingredient amounts to your own liking:


3 cups Homemade (or store-bought) Farmer’s Cheese – IMPORTANT: substituting for another cheese will NOT work in this recipe

3 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour, plus 1/2 cup for dredging)

5-7 tablespoons Granulated Sugar (add more if you like it sweeter)

Raisins (add as much as you like, I add about 1/4 cup)

Vanilla (add as much as you like)

4 Large Eggs

Oil, for sauteing



  1. Place a large non-stick skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Mix well with a spoon until combined.
  2. Put 1/2 cup of flour on a large plate. With an ice cream scoop, or a large spoon, place a spoonful of batter into the flour and roll it around to coat. Using your hands, roll the mixture into a small ball and flatten it to look like a disc. Flour your hands if the batter is sticky.
  3. Place the pancakes in the hot skillet and saute them until they are golden brown, flipping only once, about 2 minutes per side. Remove pancakes from the skillet onto a large platter and immediately sprinkle with sugar.

Serve warm, topped with fruit, jam, or sour cream.

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