March 10, 2018

Cheese Pancakes (Sirniki) + Video

Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes (sirniki): easy to make, slightly sweet, fluffy, bite-size delicious goodness for breakfast.  They puff up as soon as you place them onto skillet and get eaten as soon as you take them off the skillet.

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I somehow have an obsession with farmer’s cheese and maybe because I’m Ukrainian OR because sirniki are the staple of most or all Ukrainian kitchens. They are our pancakes, our breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert…I can go on 🙂 These come a long way, since childhood. Now as my kids grow up, they will carry on the love for sirniki as I keep making them every day (well almost:D).

Farmer’s cheese is very similar to cottage cheese, but not as moist and much more delicious. If you haven’t tried making cheese pancakes from farmer’s cheese – you’re really missing out. When we came to USA, we used to buy cottage cheese and make pancakes that way, but the day we tried with farmer’s cheese…that was the day we said ‘bye-bye cottage cheese’ and ‘hello-o delicious goodness!’.

Cheese Pancakes Ingredients:

  • 2 cups farmer’s cheese (about 16 oz) (crumbled into measuring cup)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons cool whip
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • grapeseed oil to fry (vegetable ok too)

Hot to Make Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes (Sirniki):

1. Measure 2 cups of farmer’s cheese by crumbling cheese by hands and lightly placing into a measuring cup (don’t try to pack it). Transfer cheese into a medium bowl and break any bigger pieces with fork. Add 2 oz cream cheese, 4 tbsps cool whip, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and 1 large egg; mix it/break it with fork and then finish with spatula until well combined.

2. In a separate small bowl, combine and whisk together: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Add dry ingredients to cheese and with help of spatula, stir together until everything is fully combined. Batter will be sticky, but not runny (if too runny, add 1-2 tbsps flour).

3. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-low heat and drizzle about 2-3 tbsps oil. While pan is heating, use a small ice cream scoop to make small cheese balls and place onto a cutting board covered with a plastic food wrap. Once pan is heated, flatten each cheese ball on your palm to about 1/2″ thickness and place onto the pan (if batter starts sticking to hands, dip hands into flour or wipe with oil). Saute in hot oil over medium-low heat about 2-3 mins per side. Flip over when starting to golden on bottom-side edges. Transfer to a platter and serve warm with your favorite topping such as sour cream, jam and fresh fruits, with a glass of an orange juice or milk. Enjoy!

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Cheese Pancakes (Sirniki)

5 from 2 votes
Servings: 20 -25
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Cheese Pancakes (sirniki): slightly sweet, fluffy, bite-size delicious goodness for breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups farmer’s cheese about 16 oz (crumbled into measuring cup)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour I use Bob’s Red Mill
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons cool whip
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • grapeseed oil to fry vegetable ok too

Instructions

  1. Measure 2 cups of farmer’s cheese by crumbling cheese by hands and lightly placing into a measuring cup (don’t try to pack it). Transfer cheese into a medium bowl and break any bigger pieces with fork. Add 2 oz cream cheese, 4 tbsps cool whip, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and 1 large egg; mix it/break it with fork and then finish with spatula until well combined.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine and whisk together: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Add dry ingredients to cheese and with help of spatula, stir together until everything is fully combined. Batter will be sticky, but not runny (if too runny, add 1-2 tbsps flour).
  3. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-low heat and drizzle about 2-3 tbsps oil. While pan is heating, use a small ice cream scoop to make small cheese balls and place onto a cutting board covered with a plastic food wrap. Once pan is heated, flatten each cheese ball on your palm to about 1/2″ thickness and place onto the pan (if batter starts sticking to hands, dip hands into flour or wipe with oil). Saute in hot oil over medium-low heat about 2-3 mins per side. Flip over when starting to golden on bottom-side edges. Transfer to a platter and serve warm with your favorite topping such as sour cream, jam and fresh fruits, with a glass of an orange juice or milk. Enjoy!
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  • Becca

    I made your recipe like as soon as you posted. I even did the farmer’s cheese (for the first time, might I add lol) and both turned out Amazing! My kids wouldn’t stop eating these pancakes. Thank you so much for such delicious recipes and for putting your time into sharing them with me! I cannot wait to share the recipe with my mom. She will love it! :

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Becca, thank you for your kind words! 🙂 My both kids love this recipe as well, it became the staple of breakfast lately!

  • Daniela Anderson

    I’ve been looking for a good sirniki recipe for quite some time now, and yours is by far the easiest and most delicious-looking one.
    I grew up on a farm in Romania, so farmer’s cheese was on our table on a daily basis, and I’m always looking for both savoury and sweet recipes that use this kind of cheese.
    Both my little ones are crazy about any kind of pancakes, l’ll definitely try this out for them.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Aww..thank you 🙂 I love farmer’s cheese too. It’s very popular in our family and I find it the easiest filling for baked desserts. I’ll make sure to share more farmer’s cheese related recipes. Let me know how these turn out for you!

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