MAKES 12 SERVINGS
Start to finish: 11/2 hours
Syrniki is a farm-style cheese pancake, sort of a cross between cheesecake and pancakes. It can be served for breakfast, tea, a light meal or a snack. We liked ours topped with sour cream and jam, or fresh fruit and whipped cream, but you could omit the sugar and go completely savory, topping it with sour cream, chives and chopped ham.
Two (7 1/2 -ounce) packages farmer’s cheese 3 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda Zest of 2 lemons Vegetable oil, for frying
Zest of 2 lemons
Vegetable oil, for frying
Form the dough into small rounds, the size of a walnut. Flatten into patties, then lightly dredge in flour. Set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high, heat about 1/4 inch of oil. Working in batches, fry the patties for 3 minutes per side, adding additional oil between batches as needed. Serve immediately.
Alison Ladman, AP