Recipe: сирники (syrnyky)

What’s better than regular pancakes? Cheese pancakes! That’s right, Ukrainian сирники (“syrnyky”) are a traditional dish made with the домашній сир (“domashniy syr” = “home cheese” = farmer’s cheese) that many Ukrainian women make and sell alongside their milk at the bazaar. This cheese is mild and pretty low-fat because it’s fresh. It’s a bit pricey in the winter but affordable in the summer (8 UAH for about 2 cups). I’ve wanted to try my hand at these for a while and after returning from almost two weeks away I decided it was time. I used dried cranberries, though they’re traditionally made with (or without) raisins. Cinnamon was also a personal addition. They’re delicious when fresh but also keep well in the fridge.

сирники (syrnyky)


  • ~2 cups домашній сир (“domashniy syr” = “home cheese” = farmer’s cheese)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/3-1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1-2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries OR raisins
  • oil


  • Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  • Form into balls and flatten.
  • Fry over low-med heat until both sides are golden-brown; be generous with oil. You can transfer them to paper towels after cooking to soak up some of the oil.
  • Serve plain or with sour cream.


Fryin’ up some syrnyky

Batter’s ready to go


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