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Syrniki, also known as Russian cheese pancakes or cottage cheese fritters, are delicious and indulgent treats enjoyed in many Eastern European countries. Made with a base of creamy cottage cheese, these pancakes are typically sweetened with sugar, flavored with vanilla, and fried until golden brown. Here’s a simple recipe to make syrniki at home:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cottage cheese (preferably dry cottage cheese or farmer’s cheese)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil or butter, for frying
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, jam, honey, fresh berries, powdered sugar

Instructions:

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  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cottage cheese, eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth and creamy.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the cottage cheese mixture, stirring until well combined. The dough should be thick and slightly sticky.
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and lightly grease with vegetable oil or butter.
  5. Dust your hands with flour to prevent sticking, then take about 1/4 cup of the dough and shape it into a small pancake, about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Carefully place the pancake onto the hot skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through.
  7. Repeat with the remaining dough, working in batches as needed and adding more oil or butter to the skillet as necessary.
  8. Once cooked, transfer the syrniki to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  9. Serve the syrniki warm with your choice of toppings, such as sour cream, jam, honey, fresh berries, or powdered sugar.

These homemade syrniki are a delightful treat that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet snack any time of day. With their creamy texture and irresistible flavor, they’re sure to become a new favorite in your culinary repertoire. Enjoy!

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