Russian Syrniki Recipe -
Russian Syrniki Recipe
  • READY IN 18 mins

Russian Syrniki

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"This is a traditional dessert served in Russia. Cottage cheese is first sweetened with sugar, then kneaded into a dough with flour. The resulting disks are fried to a golden brown in hot oil. They are best served with sour cream and jam."

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Original recipe makes 8 syrniki Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    8 mins

    18 mins


  1. Mix together the cottage cheese, eggs, and sugar. Stir in semolina and all-purpose flour, and work into a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and roll into a 1-inch thick log. Slice the log into 8 pieces, then pat each piece in additional flour to form a patty.
  2. Heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Fry the syrniki in hot oil until golden brown on each side, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 06, 2007

The flavor is similar to what I remember, but it turned out more dry than the Syrniki I am used too. However, I had to add quite a bit more flour (probably three times what the recipes specifies) to get it to the point where it could be rolled into a log and sectioned into patties for frying. Maybe it would have been better to leave it more like a batter and spoon it into the skillet for frying.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 17, 2009

To tell the truth, i wouldn't give this recipe any stars at all, sorry. I make this dish all the time, and - really - with this amount of cottage cheese (i use farmer's) i'd put only 1 egg and 1 tbs of semolina. It's not supposed to be rolled and cut! The point of adding egg and semolina is to get the cheese smooth enough so u can make PATTIES. I even omit the flour and semolina if the consistency of farmer's cheese is working for as is. Only cheese, sugar, pinch of salt and eggs. But it depends on your taste.


8 Ratings

Sep 19, 2007

I make these all the time ( huby is Ukrainian) and this is actually a breakfast meal. We use farmers cheese to make these or tvorog wich is a russian pot cheese similer to farmers cheese. These should not be dry enough to roll out. If they can roll there is too much flour. Try straining the cottage cheese for a few hours first to get some of the liquid out and then follow the recipe. They should be dropped by large spoonfuls into a good amount for hot oil. Also sugar is to taste but try serving these with jam and sour cream. This is the traditional way of serving them. Some people put golden raisins in them as well. I personally hate raisins. It should be like a very very thick batter that you could shape with wetted hands. I just spoon it in and smooth the top with the back of the spoon. We also use farina cereal in place of the semolina and add some B.P. to make them puff a bit. 1/2 t should do it. Mix it into the flour and cereal before you add it to the cheese, sugar, egg mixture. Good luck and Nazdorovya!!!

Apr 11, 2007

A very good recipe! only I always need to add extra flour for some reason. I ignore the step that says to cut the dough into sticks and then make them into patties. I just put the whole mix on the skillet and make it like a pancake. It tastes slightly better if you add a little extra sugar and when it is luke warm. It tastes fairly well too if its fresf off the skittlet, but I advise not to eat it when it's really cold. But I really do like this recipe

Mar 11, 2010

I'm sorry but as other reviewers have stated, if you make syrniki dough firm enough to roll it will turn out dry. I tried it so that I could rate the recipe accurately, and that's exactly what happened. I prefer mine to be creamy, and I only add enough semolina to make a dough that can be formed into sticky patties, then fried. Sometimes I add raisins, and I always make my own farmer's cheese if I have the time. We eat this for breakfast (my family is Ukrainian), dusted with powdered sugar or served with sour cream.

Dec 27, 2008

I liked the recipe except one thing...the amount of flour wasn't right. When I put the amount of flour called in the recipe it didn't look at all like a dough.It was still very liquid.So I had to add much more flour and at the end I didn't even get a dough so that I could roll it but I just made small patties in my hand and dusted them in flour.

Jan 02, 2008

My family loved it. Thanks

Oct 29, 2009

One simply has to try this.. love at first bite!!!


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  • Calories
  • 186 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 101 mg
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 7 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 11.4 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 263 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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