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cottage cheese pancakes recipe

In Russia we name them “syrniki” which means cheesy pancakes, but the main ingredient – cottage cheese Russians calls “tvorog” which is not a cheese actually. We eat “tvorog” with sour cream or jam on breakfast, it is very healthy and tasty. You can find a million of cottage cheese pancakes recipe with different ingredients but my recipe is the simplest I have ever seen! Russians cook these pancakes as quick breakfast. This recipe as simple as 1-2-3!  Just try to make pancakes by yourself  and you’ll not be disappointed!

cottage cheese pancakes

cottage cheese pancakes

The ingredients we need for cottage cheese pancakes recipe:

400 gram cottage cheese

2-3 eggs

4 tablespoon sugar

pinch of salt

3-4 tablespoon flour

You can find cottage cheese in ANY Russian markets in milk section, it’s very popular as kefir, sour cream etc.  We buy the cottage cheese packed in 200-250 gram packs. It is soft, defatted and a bit salty.

cottage cheese

cottage cheese

To turn this cottage cheese into light and tasty pancakes we need to add 3 eggs, 4 tablespoon sugar (or by taste), pinch of salt and mix all ingredients, to do this I always use my own tools – hands! It takes 1-2 minutes and the pastry is ready :) I also recommend you to add a bit flour if the pastry looks wet but it always depends on cottage cheese. Mine was very soft so I did not add any flour into the pastry.

Dust the table with 3-4 tablespoon flour, take the pastry and shape into pancakes as shown in the pictures below.

making pancake is easy

making pancake is easy



Heat the frying pan on a medium heat, add 1-2 tablespoon oil and brown pancakes on each side

frying 2-3 minutes each side

frying 2-3 minutes each side

almost ready

almost ready

serve with a sour cream or jam

serve with a sour cream or jam

Well, as you can see my cottage cheese pancakes recipe is simple and easy to make but the taste of pancakes is gorgeous!

p.s. American recipes are my new passion! I invite you to share it with me. I’ve just joined Secret Recipe Forum and bought a really interesting and useful resource – Cook book collection with Restaurants recipes, it’s called America’s Secret Recipes. If you like and enjoy food like i do – you should give it a try. Really nice community to be with!

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  • Thanks so much for the great idea of how to put cottage cheese in my diet. I know it is a great source of calcium and protein, but I don’t normally like it unless it is cooked in something. I will definitely use this recipe.

  • akuvision June 12, 2010, 10:34 pm

    whole my life never taste russian cuisine, its look like pancakes right?, by the way i’ll try russian food in the future!, its a must!

  • ShirleyKelly@Lanterns4less June 15, 2010, 5:49 pm

    I have never been a cottage cheese person but I must admit that your pictures made these pancakes look simply delicious. I was pleasantly pleased to see how simple they are to make as well. The recipe calls for very easy to find ingredients. I printed a copy of your recipe and I’m on my way to the supermarket. These are so simple to make, I can’t go wrong.

  • Michelle@Mobillån June 21, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Your cottage cheese pancakes recipe seems absolutely yummy. Gonna try this one out as soon as I get me some cottage cheese. Thanks for sharing this one! :D

  • Eric@flv converter June 29, 2010, 3:29 am

    Quite a great recipe.
    My wife wants to cook immediately, but no jam in a house :-)

  • Thanks for this recipe! This is amazing to find that the recipe which was the name cheese pancakes don’t have cheese in it!

    Anyhow, just wondering if i would forward this recipe to my mom and lets see if it is possible for her to prepare this!

    Awesome blog and i have bookmarked you in my delicious account so that i can insist my mom to make at least some of the recipes shown in your blog.. :)

  • Sabrina@sarasota family portraits July 2, 2010, 7:30 pm

    This recipe is perfect for those lazy mornings when the whole family just wants to spend quality time together. I don’t have to be out of the loop, quarantined in the kitchen, for too long because these pancakes seem so easy to make.

    Great post! Can’t wait for morning to come :) I think I’ll have my husband try it our first — I’ll treat him to a surprise breakfast-in-bed :)

  • Sally@Fishers Real Estate for Sale July 2, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I have to admit the thought of putting cottage cheese in my pancakes did not sound appealing at first but once the ingredients were mixed the final product looked really good.

  • Al @ wholesale sunglasses July 5, 2010, 9:10 pm

    These look so yummy…but almost no flour in them. Not quite what I would think of as a pancake, Perhaps these are more pan cheesecakes!

  • Nancy July 8, 2010, 6:16 am

    We love cottage cheese and have it in the refrigerator almost all the time. I make potato pancakes almost the same way, so I definitely plan on making these Cottage Cheese Pancakes. Plus they are healthier for my husband who is a diabetic. I can substitute the sugar for a Splenda product.

  • Christine July 21, 2010, 12:11 am

    These look delicious! I’m not a big fan of cottage cheese, but I think I have to put that aside and try these.

  • gemstone supplier July 21, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Anyhow, just wondering if i would forward this recipe to my mom and lets see if it is possible for her to prepare this!

  • Alice @ Hotel in Morzine July 28, 2010, 7:02 pm

    Mmm – I just love cottage cheese. Initially I didn’t really take to it but after trying it time and time again it’s grown on me. These pancakes look amazing, thanks for sharing the recipe :-)

  • hannah August 8, 2010, 6:01 am

    hey i’m from russia and these are just like back at home …..yum

  • Karl@lubbock family portraits August 17, 2010, 1:00 pm

    Wow, this is delicious. Gotta have to try making this recipe. Thanks for teaching and sharing.

  • dlf@family portraits August 27, 2010, 4:29 am

    What a fantastic and easy recipe!! These pancakes are light and fluffy. I used fat free cottage cheese and 2 eggs and added some cinnamon, as others have suggested. Yum!

  • Kate@portrait photography sarasota August 30, 2010, 5:25 pm

    Another mouth watery recipe. This one is easier to cook, I guess :). This is great for snacks for kids, it’s healthy and delicious. Thanks for posting Russian recipes. I am starting to love Russian foods.

  • topless waiters September 3, 2010, 2:55 am

    These would have to be pretty healthy too I would imagine

  • katie@portrait photography sarasota September 6, 2010, 5:45 pm

    Wow! another mouth -watery recipe. I will surely try this one. My kids love pancake at breakfast.

  • Jake@Mountain Biking September 10, 2010, 7:16 am

    We always put cottage cheese in our pancake recipes growing up, but I’d totally forgotten about that. Thanks. Yum.

  • shudh restaurant September 22, 2010, 8:16 am

    Recipe is really simple and pancakes are looking delicious. Definitely going to try it.

  • Nick October 2, 2010, 12:54 am

    These sound pretty good, I’ll have to try making a batch sometime!

  • Cropped Denim Military Jacket October 21, 2010, 7:42 am

    Your blog is looking sooo yummmyy… Thanks for introducing to the world of Russian cuisine. I am an avid cook in my family and was looking for the right thing to pamper my husband. Evidently, Russian meals tend to feature large amounts of carbohydrates and fat, which provide the warmth and energy people need to get through the region’s long, cold winters, the Way to Russia website explains. My husband too loves the poatoes, bread, eggs, cottage cheese, mushrooms, lard, cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, berries, which are predominant Russian food.

  • Virtual Server October 22, 2010, 7:56 am

    This is an easy recipe to do! I’m also interest about American recipes. I hope you can come up of a post featuring American recipes. Thanks a lot!

  • abgajoy @kek lapis sarawak October 22, 2010, 7:14 pm

    Russian foods seems delicious to me and I hope I could travel to Russia and experience myself the Russian food that made by Russian himself =)

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