Sirniki (Farmers Cheese Pancakes)

Ah, this is one of my favorite breakfast foods when I was growing up. If you like pancakes you would definitely like this recipe. Wikipedia has this as well, for those who wants to learn more about roots of this dish: Sirniki

Here is what you will need:

  • One pound of Farmers Cheese (you can also use ricotta, but make sure to add lemon zest if you do)
  • Two egg yolks
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of California raisins (they are naturally sweet and no additional sugar is needed)
  • 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • About 1/4 cup of Organic Sunflower Oil

Get a stainless steel bowl and put the Farmers Cheese inside:

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Add eggs yolks:

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Add raisins:

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Add vanilla extract, flour and mix with the fork:

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Now warm up a 12″ non-stick skillet with sunflower seed oil, or any other cooking oil you like. It needs to be neutral in taste:

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Next step is what I use for efficiency as this is a breakfast dish and I often need to have it done quick. I use 3 tablespoon sized ice-cream scoop to measure each pancake:

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The pan needs to be on low heat and you need to cover it with the lid. About 5-8 minutes later you can check on the progress and if the bottom side of pancake is brown you can flip them over with the spatula:

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Close the lid again and wait until the other side is brown (about 4-5 minutes). Prepare a plate covered with paper towel to make sure all excess oil is absorbed:

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Serve with a sour cream, or honey or maple syrup. Enjoy!