Syrniki, aka Russian Buttermilk-Cheese Pancakes

Pancake is a really loose term here, basically just the closest thing in english describing what these little cream-cheesy flat discs of goodness are.  A staple at most authentic Russian breakfasts these things are so damn good.  I’ve seen this recipe in one or two other places on the internet and its always either way too sweet, way too cakey, or way too something…the cheese should be the star here not pounds of flour and vanilla.  This is how they should taste.


A couple weeks ago I posted a recipe for making Tvarog/Buttermilk Cheese/Quark at home.  You will need that stuff to make this stuff. Don’t try to get anything at the store to replicate, it just wont hold up, and its just not going to be in the same ballpark of goodness.



This recipe is based around the idea that you have the cheese from one half-gallon carton of buttermilk, it comes out to around 400 grams, just short of a pound.



  • 400g (roughly) Tvarog/Quark/Buttermilk Cheese (too many names for it)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar (or Splenda)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins


This isn’t a particularly complex procedure here.  Personally I like to use the stand mixer, not mandatory at all.  Take it easy on the vanilla extract, its potent stuff and putting too much will make these taste funky.


Throw all your stuff into a bowl and mix it up.



You’re going to be making these small balls out of the mixture, if you’re having  a hard time handling them then just dust a board with some flour, and put them onto the flour.  It will make the surface less sticky.



Add alittle oil to a pan, heat it up and just plop them down right onto it, compress alittle to make flat discs about half an inch (just under a centimeter) thick.



Give them about 2-3 minutes on each side.


Serve them up, they are great warm and good cold.  I can eat them out of the fridge if they are in a tupperware container with no problems.


Another option is to just make one huge pancake out of it, then you can use a knife to carve the pancake into much more clean-cut squares.  This increases the visual appeal but doesn’t matter in terms of taste.




Nom nom nom…