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Syrniki - Russian Pancakes

Inspired by Rachel's recent trip to Saint Petersburg, Russia's second largest city, we're sharing this recipe for Syrniki, fried pancakes made with cheese, flour, eggs and sugar. Syrniki are eaten all across eastern Europe and are lovely for a quick Sunday brunch. I like the addition of sultanas, but if you don’t have any add another tablespoon of sugar. In St. Petersburg I had them with Kefir, Cornelian cherry compote and black coffee - the ultimate Russian breakfast.

Syrniki Russian Pancakes

Makes 6-8 Pancakes


  • 250g cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp soaked sultanas
  • 2-3 tbsp flour
  • olive oil or butter for frying


  1. Mix cottage cheese with beaten egg, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Add the sultanas and the flour and gently mix.
  3. Heat a non stick frying pan and lightly oil.
  4. Oil your hands so that the mix doesn’t stick, then take 2 tablespoons of batter at a time and using your hands form into round fritters about 1.5cm high
  5. Fry on a low to medium heat until slightly browned on both sides.
  6. Serve with sour cream and cherry conserve

Russian Syrniki Pancakes with Kefir, cherry compote, and coffee

You might also like to try Rachel's recipe for Khachapuri, a traditional Georgian bread stuffed with cheese! Check out Rachel's travelogue from Saint Petersburg for more inspiration from her trip.

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