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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Syrniki (Sweet Cheese Pancakes) (Russian-Belarusian-Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian)

These Russian pancakes made with fresh cheese and raisins are a popular breakfast or treat all-throughout the Slavic space. The exact name and recipe can be found in Belarus, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, but there are other countries in Eastern Europe which have a similar but different version. For example, in Romania, we make cheese pancakes without the raisins and with semolina flour, my mother's papanași which I've previously told you about :).
They're easy to make and delicious to enjoy. Next time you think about a treat for someone dear or only for yourself (by the way, if you like celebrating Valentine's Day, then I guess this makes the ideal breakfast in bed kind of thing), just whip up a batch of these and serve them with hot black tea (for the full Russian experience). :)
Recipe source: Saveur.

Last year: Harissa and truffle potato puree with mozzarella-olive sauce.
Two years ago: Crispy cheese and guacamole tortillas.
Three years ago: Sprinkle butter cookies (Italian).
Four years ago: Tirolese spinach and cheese dumplings (Austrian)Spinach and cheese crostini and The perfect fluffy fried bananas.

Ingredients (serves 3-4):
  • 450 g whole milk ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 50-75 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • a handful of golden raisins
  • 125 g all-purpose flour (plus 1-2 extra tablespoons as needed)
  • 30 ml olive oil for brushing and frying

Mix the ricotta with the lemon juice and let it sit for 5 minutes. Whisk the sugar and eggs until fluffy and then stir in the ricotta mixture and the raisins. Gradually incorporate the flour, then put the extra tablespoons of flour on a plate. You should now have a soft sticky dough that looks like this:

Heat a bit of oil in a large frying pan. Form round pancakes from a large tablespoon of dough and dip them in the flour on both sides. Brush with a bit of olive oil and put them in the pan.

Fry them on medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side.

Stack them on a plate and keep warm. Serve with tea. It's done, dig in! :)

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