Ukrainian Syrniki

This traditional Ukrainian breakfast dish brings back such fond memories for me. My grandmother used to make it for me when I was little, and I’ll never forget waking up to the smell of it baking in the oven. Now I try to keep that tradition alive by making it for my son. I hope you enjoy this delicious breakfast treat!


  • Preparation Time: 00:10
  • Cook Time: 00:15
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian
  • Servings: 12


  • 1 pound farmer's cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ½ + ⅓ cup flour, divided
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 6-8 tablespoons vegetable oil, for frying
  • Optional: sour cream or fruit jam for topping


  • 1Prepare the batter: In a large bowl, crumble the farmer’s cheese into little pieces with a fork. Add an egg and mix well. Add ½ cup flour (reserve ⅓ cup for step 2), sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Mix well, using the fork to break apart any clumps of flour or farmer's cheese. Add raisins. 
  • 2Form the syrniki: Spread remaining ⅓ cup flour on a cutting board. Scoop out approximately ¼ cup pancake dough at a time. Use your hands to gently flatten the dough into a small patty. Dredge the pancake with flour on both sides. Shake off the extra flour and set aside until you are ready to cook the syrniki.
  • 3Cook the syrniki: In a large skillet, heat 3-4 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and gently place the flour-dredged cheese pancakes into the pan using a spatula. Cook on medium-low heat for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until each side is golden brown. Place on a paper towel to cool. Do not crowd the pancakes - cook them in 2-3 batches if necessary.
  • 4To serve, top with sour cream or your favorite fruit jam.