This is a traditional dessert served in Russia. Cottage cheese is first sweetened with sugar, then kneaded into a dough with flour. The resulting disks are fried to a golden brown in hot oil. They are best served with sour cream and jam.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix together the cottage cheese, eggs, and sugar. Stir in semolina and all-purpose flour, and work into a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and roll into a 1-inch thick log. Slice the log into 8 pieces, then pat each piece in additional flour to form a patty.

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  • Heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Fry the syrniki in hot oil until golden brown on each side, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

186.3 calories; 11.4 g protein; 19.3 g carbohydrates; 101.4 mg cholesterol; 263 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2007
The flavor is similar to what I remember but it turned out more dry than the Syrniki I am used too. However I had to add quite a bit more flour (probably three times what the recipes specifies) to get it to the point where it could be rolled into a log and sectioned into patties for frying. Maybe it would have been better to leave it more like a batter and spoon it into the skillet for frying. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/17/2009
To tell the truth i wouldn't give this recipe any stars at all sorry. I make this dish all the time and - really - with this amount of cottage cheese (i use farmer's) i'd put only 1 egg and 1 tbs of semolina. It's not supposed to be rolled and cut! The point of adding egg and semolina is to get the cheese smooth enough so u can make PATTIES. I even omit the flour and semolina if the consistency of farmer's cheese is working for as is. Only cheese sugar pinch of salt and eggs. But it depends on your taste. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2007
The flavor is similar to what I remember but it turned out more dry than the Syrniki I am used too. However I had to add quite a bit more flour (probably three times what the recipes specifies) to get it to the point where it could be rolled into a log and sectioned into patties for frying. Maybe it would have been better to leave it more like a batter and spoon it into the skillet for frying. Read More
(13)
Rating: 1 stars
01/17/2009
To tell the truth i wouldn't give this recipe any stars at all sorry. I make this dish all the time and - really - with this amount of cottage cheese (i use farmer's) i'd put only 1 egg and 1 tbs of semolina. It's not supposed to be rolled and cut! The point of adding egg and semolina is to get the cheese smooth enough so u can make PATTIES. I even omit the flour and semolina if the consistency of farmer's cheese is working for as is. Only cheese sugar pinch of salt and eggs. But it depends on your taste. Read More
(58)
Rating: 3 stars
09/19/2007
I make these all the time ( huby is Ukrainian) and this is actually a breakfast meal. We use farmers cheese to make these or tvorog wich is a russian pot cheese similer to farmers cheese. These should not be dry enough to roll out. If they can roll there is too much flour. Try straining the cottage cheese for a few hours first to get some of the liquid out and then follow the recipe. They should be dropped by large spoonfuls into a good amount for hot oil. Also sugar is to taste but try serving these with jam and sour cream. This is the traditional way of serving them. Some people put golden raisins in them as well. I personally hate raisins. It should be like a very very thick batter that you could shape with wetted hands. I just spoon it in and smooth the top with the back of the spoon. We also use farina cereal in place of the semolina and add some B.P. to make them puff a bit. 1/2 t should do it. Mix it into the flour and cereal before you add it to the cheese sugar egg mixture. Good luck and Nazdorovya!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2007
The flavor is similar to what I remember but it turned out more dry than the Syrniki I am used too. However I had to add quite a bit more flour (probably three times what the recipes specifies) to get it to the point where it could be rolled into a log and sectioned into patties for frying. Maybe it would have been better to leave it more like a batter and spoon it into the skillet for frying. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2007
A very good recipe! only I always need to add extra flour for some reason. I ignore the step that says to cut the dough into sticks and then make them into patties. I just put the whole mix on the skillet and make it like a pancake. It tastes slightly better if you add a little extra sugar and when it is luke warm. It tastes fairly well too if its fresf off the skittlet but I advise not to eat it when it's really cold. But I really do like this recipe Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2010
I'm sorry but as other reviewers have stated if you make syrniki dough firm enough to roll it will turn out dry. I tried it so that I could rate the recipe accurately and that's exactly what happened. I prefer mine to be creamy and I only add enough semolina to make a dough that can be formed into sticky patties then fried. Sometimes I add raisins and I always make my own farmer's cheese if I have the time. We eat this for breakfast (my family is Ukrainian) dusted with powdered sugar or served with sour cream. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/27/2008
I liked the recipe except one thing...the amount of flour wasn't right. When I put the amount of flour called in the recipe it didn't look at all like a dough.It was still very liquid.So I had to add much more flour and at the end I didn't even get a dough so that I could roll it but I just made small patties in my hand and dusted them in flour. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2008
My family loved it. Thanks Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2018
I didn't have any semolina flour but it still worked perfectly! absolutely delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2009
One simply has to try this.. love at first bite!!! Read More