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.
- ~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
- 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.