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Syrniki served with sour cream.


In Russian, Belarusian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Ukrainian cuisines, syrniki (Russian: сырники) are fried quark cheese pancakes, garnished with sour cream, jam, honey, or apple sauce. The cheese mixture may contain raisins for extra flavor. In Russia they are also known as tvorozhniki (творожники).

Syrniki are made from full-fat, creamy cottage cheese, mixed with flour, egg, and sugar, sometimes adding vanilla essence. The soft mixture is shaped into cakes, which are fried, generally in vegetable oil. The outsides become crispy, and the center is warm and creamy. They are sweet and served for breakfast or dessert. Their simplicity and relative lack of expensive ingredients makes them very popular in Eastern Europe.

The name syrniki is derived from the word сыр in Russian (transliteration: syr), meaning "cheese". Although the modern meaning of the word сыр (syr) in Russian is hard yellow cheese, the original word in Slavic languages stood for soft white cheese (similar to today's quark cheese). Thus, the word syrniki, derived from the old meaning of syr, came to designate pancakes made from soft white cheese.

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