cottage cheese pancakes recipe

by Lelik on August 10, 2009

in Cakes,Pastry,Sweets

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!

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Angelique from Bitchin Kitchen August 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Love these! I’m always looking for creative ways to jazz up my pancakes! Posted this on twitter today ( well RT’d it)

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Geoff from San Diego Homes for Sale August 25, 2009 at 7:42 am

I’d been looking for a recipe to serve to my health-conscious family. My son can’t get enough protein for his workouts. This cottage cheese pancake recipe was a big hit. He ate all that I cooked, with only a few to spare for the rest of us. Thank you!
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kasper from seo September 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I’m gonna try this tonight. It looks delicious.
My GF wanted classic pancakes thoguh, but I bet i can make her even happier with these :)

Jean from Get Rid Of Acne September 24, 2009 at 9:06 am

Cool recipe. Looks tasty. Cottage cheese is high in protein and it’s a good food for a muscle building program. It’s nice to be able to eat it as a pancake for a change. Thanks.

Rob from Braun Food Processor September 29, 2009 at 12:23 am

This is quite a genius recipe filled with all of the protein that I’m looking for in a meal (cottage cheese is a win of a protein source). Fantastic and useful post for me and I’m sure many others. Anyone else have a variation of this recipe that I might also be interested in testing out?

Cheese products September 29, 2009 at 11:26 am

This recipe is simple,full of protein and nutrition and yummy thanks for recipe.

Mack from Las Vegas Real Estate October 15, 2009 at 9:46 am

The good thing about pan cake is that, whenever we cook this at home we never have even one left over :D Yes sometimes we use to fight for it and if you are late or held up then you regret for missing the chance until its cooked next time. I am sure your way of cooking health conscious pan cakes creates more havoc and urge at our home. Thanks a bunch :)

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Henderson Nevada November 5, 2009 at 3:51 am

I like mine with Buttermilk. Those definitely look a bit different and thicker. More like little cakes actually.
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AJ from Stoneware Dinnerware Sets November 7, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I’ve never had any Russian food before but this looks like an interesting recipe to try. I like how you also have photos in addition to the written instructions as I like to know how things are supposed to look along the way to be sure I’m doing things right.

Thanks for the recipe.

Peter from Statins Side Effects November 12, 2009 at 10:49 am

Cottage Cheese Pancakes sounds horrible, but the final picture looks absolutely delicious! Quick and simple to make – I love it!
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Sera from Cookie Cutter Set November 13, 2009 at 11:22 pm

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Great content and I am so hungry reading and looking at the pictures.

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Jeff from Rival Crock Pots November 16, 2009 at 12:35 am

Boy, it sure does look great, I’m polish so this looks pretty familiar. I love this the same way with sour cream or blueberry jam.

Gareth from November 30, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I haven’t really tried Russian food before, I was just looking for new things to try and found this site! Glad I did the food seems really nice definatley some ideas to try thanks
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szenovera from December 7, 2009 at 8:06 am

This is a cheesy pancake recipe which is perfect for a breakfast meal. You may also adjust the flavor of sugar and salt according to your taste.
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ramiel from mold removal tips December 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I would love to try this one here.I have never been to Russia but this food would certainly make me taste a bit of Russia.

Brian from Margarita Maker December 8, 2009 at 7:00 pm

My wife prepares this “cottage cheese pancake” at lease once per week for breakfast. I really enjoy the Russian pancake, however you can get it served too often. I poured syrup onto the pancake just like you would expect. My wife likes to add jam on top.

I highly recommend trying this dish, however in moderation. Once per month will do.
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Reina from Mini Food Processors December 14, 2009 at 3:36 pm

That is a nice variation to the kind of pancakes that I am used to. And, as always, your nice photos and story telling style makes it fun visiting your site.

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Halim from Play Game La December 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Wow, the cheese pancakes looks really good. I baked mine just yesterday and it got burnt. I’ll never be a certified baker. lol
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Mike from Get rid of blackheads January 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

That is a nice variation to the kind of pancakes that I am used to. And, as always, your nice photos and story telling style makes it fun visiting your site.
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Dyan from crockpot lid January 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

If these taste as good as they look, then they must be amazing. Will try making some, and I’ll tell you about the results.

amal from January 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

I’ve made Cottage Cheese Pancakes before and considered them to be an excellent compromise between the extravagance of pancakes and sticking to my eating plan.
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Max from Walnut Flooring January 19, 2010 at 4:17 am

Oh my gooooooooddd……that sounds amazing. I love cottage cheese, actually I have every morning for breakfast. Those sound like some healthy pancakes! YUm tum. :)

Jane from Aquarium Filter January 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Nice picture. ;) Mouth watering. Yum yum! I want to try this recipe. :) thanks for sharing!

jacob from hardwood flooring January 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Excellent recipe, what I usually do is, I to add 3 eggs, 4 tablespoon sugar, 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 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. But I would love to try out your method too! thanks!

Terry from fundraising ideas January 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Being from the South, I am a big fan of pancakes but I am not a big fan of cottage cheese. However, these pancakes are soooo good. Thanks for this recipe. My whole family loved them!

graham from promotional mugs January 28, 2010 at 11:52 am

This sounds like a great simple receipe i love cheese and pancakes and with shrove tuesday coming up in going to have to try this.. thankyou for another great receipe!

Stetson February 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

My Mom was of Russian descent, and she used to make this kind of food. The aromas when we got home from school were just out of this world.

One of the things that she shared with me was that with a sugar/salt combination in a food, you are appealing to two of the most pronounced skills of the pallet in terms of blending taste.

As a result, young and old, smokers and non-smokers alike will be able to appreciate the dish.

So everyone leaves the table with the impression that he or she has had a food that was specifically designed for their taste buds.

Pretty clever those Russian women.

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india February 9, 2010 at 7:43 am

Cottage chese should be made using skim milk, because the cream solids don’t stay in the curds, it stays with the whey. A gallon of skim milk will make about a pound of cottage cheese.

india February 9, 2010 at 7:43 am

You will need a starter to make cottage cheese. You can use a commercial culture, cultured buttermilk, or rennet tablets. I have found that by replacing one cup of the skim milk with one cup of cultured buttermilk and 1/8 of a rennet tablet gives a small curd cottage cheese, leave out the cultured buttermilk and use 1/4 tablet rennet if you prefer large curd cottage cheese. Salt helps to improve the life of the cheese, no to mention the flavor.

from' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>John @ Wood Dining Chairs February 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Cottage cheese pancakes – not something I had thought of before. However, I stumbled across your site earlier in the week and was able to try out the receipe on Shrove Tuesday! The result was amazing and we will now make these pancakes every year. Thanks for your help.
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John from Wood Dining Chairs February 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Cottage cheese pancakes – not something I had thought of before. However, I stumbled across your site earlier in the week and was able to try out the receipe on Shrove Tuesday! The result was amazing and we will now make these pancakes every year. Thanks.
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Matt from Mario Costume February 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Ive tried these before (or something very similar) in a Polish restaurant (I know they are Russian but maybe they make them in Poland as well???) We personally loved them – I even had a go at making them myself without much luck!
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Commercial microwave ovens February 23, 2010 at 7:23 am

Home made Pan cakes are easy going, free from unwanted health affecting ingredients. But preferably it should be hot and baked properly to add a special flavor in to it. Though I have not tried exactly the same recipe but had a taste of Pan Cake made up of Rice grain and fruit juice. You need to bake it in a micro oven for 20-30 minutes after mixing properly.Your one looks Yummy and energetic in view also.

Chris from Kenya Food February 27, 2010 at 7:37 am

I love cheese in all its forms and will certainly be trying these out soon. Thank you so much for the detailed step-by-step guide.

Culinary Schmooze February 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm

This is a great simple recipe, thank you for sharing with us. I will be trying these out tomorrow. They sound very rich in flavor.
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Margaret from Braun Food Processor March 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

My grandmother used to make syrniki and it was delicious. None of us have carried on the tradition, but I’m inspired by your photos to try it myself.

Legos on sale March 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm

So Delicious; used a fat free cottage cheese, that was little bit hard to eat and I will buy it again just so I can make these. Served mine w/ applesauce, a house favorite. We also left out all the white stuff and added the vanilla extract. Made two batches, so I’ll try adding the blueberries next. Thanks for this recipe.

Kelly from Electricians Dorking March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I am going to have to try these cottage cheese pancakes, they sound delicious thank you for sharing this recipe, will report back to let you know how i get on :)
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Sam from March 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Those look so good! YUM! And they are healthier than traditional pancakes too. Wow talk about guilt-free pleasures ;)
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Mike from Products for Hair Loss April 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

I thought that pancakes were supposed to be thinner… Well, maybe but for cheesy ones;)
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engineering consultant April 5, 2010 at 10:19 am

These are my husband’s favorites! Our friends first made them for us the original way and gave me the recipe, then I made some substitutions and they were just as good. I used whole wheat pastry flour, Splenda, fat-free sour cream, and lowfat cottage cheese. We couldn’t even tell the difference.

Alex from BestNaturalPills April 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

That is the best pancakes recipe I’ve ever tried to cook. The most important in preparation the pastry – is to add enough amount of flower, no more no less! And I like to make it with 2% fat kefir, not fat-free.
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Muscle Building April 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I’ve genuinely never tried Russian food but you’ve certainly made me want to try it…cottage cheese pancakes…who would have thought?!

Tina from Ice Cream Makers May 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I stumbled across your site, I love desserts, this Looks tasty and healthy pancakes, perfect for a breakfast meal.
I can make these, thank you for sharing this recipe it sure does look great. I’m inspired by your photos and the step by step instructions. Thanks!
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Coupons May 4, 2010 at 9:03 am

This dish is very good to serve as snacks. Looking so delicious.
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Lynn May 11, 2010 at 6:29 am

Pancakes can be enjoyed whenever you wish to! I will try this at home.
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Confidential Conversions Review May 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm

these pancakes were so good and i added fresh blueberries to the batter and they were even better. best blueberry pancakes ive had!
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FX15 May 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Looks really tasty. Forced myself to not keep attacking display
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Tere from Halloween Super Affiliate Bonus June 7, 2010 at 11:57 am

Wow – looks very exotic. not sure how easily I’d find some of the ingredients I need though. In Argentina we are very limited when it comes to foreign ingredients such as Cottage Cheese.
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mark from Bunn Coffee Makers June 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm

If you were to buy regular cottage cheese from the grocery store, what type would it be? The cottage cheese in your picture looks very dry and fluffy, and I will normally buy cottage cheese that is wetter. Would that work?

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