Syrniki Sweet Cheese Russian Pancakes from Acme Calendar

On October 1st, World Vegetarian Day, I posted a meatless recipe entitled Tortilla Espanola Potato and Egg with a photo from the calendar. Link: ( That recipe and this one are reprinted with permission from the Acme Market FREE calendar called Kosher Cuisines of the World ( The calendar includes both meatless and meat-centered recipes. Dairy and meat are kept separately in kosher cooking.

Syrniki Sweet Cheese Pancakes from Russia

All the information in the boxes in the photo are printed below:

Ingredients: (Keep in mind this is for 10 servings: See my notes below for making fewer pancakes.)

2 lb. Ricotta Cheese, part skim, drained in a sieve overnight
1 1/2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Sugar* (see My Notes below)
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla
3 Eggs, slightly beaten
2/3 Cup Golden Raisins*
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Olive Oil*, for brushing


  1. Mix ricotta with lemon juice in a bowl; set aside 5 minutes. In another bowl, whisk sugar*, vanilla and eggs until fluffy. stir in ricotta picture and raisins. Slowly stir in 1 cup flour until a sticky dough forms; set aside.PLace remaining flour on a plate.
  2. Using wet hands, form dough into thirty 2″ patties about 1/2″ thick.
    Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  3. Working in 4 batches, brush skillet with 1 tsp. oil each time. Dredge rounds lightly in flour; fry, flipping once,until golden brown and firm,
    4-6 minutes.

*My Notes: This recipe makes 10 servings, so I cut it in half and half again, since I wanted to make a trial batch for myself. Here are my variations:

  1. I used stevia instead of sugar, so you may need a little more flour.
  2. I did not drain the ricotta cheese overnight; just drain it while gathering the other ingredients. I also used full fat ricotta.
  3. I made them a second time with gluten-free flour and they were very good. The eggs and oil kept the patties from falling apart.
  4. I also used macadamia oil, not olive oil. I like the flavor of mac nut oil.
  5. I did not add raisins. I don’t like them in pancakes. (You could try slivered almonds for crunch.)
  6. As the directions note, they are actually patties, since they are thicker than the kind of pancakes I grew up eating.
  7. Finally, the fruit in the picture is not in the recipe itself. I drizzled on a smidgen of maple syrup instead of fruit.

Nutritional Value for 10 servings:  The profile is for the original recipe, not my modifications for a healthier pancake. I used no sugar. I used stevia+, and it has no calories, so the number for calories and sugar and carbs would be considerably lower.)

Calories: 541
Protein: 14.9 g
Carbs: 92 g
Sugar+: 66 g
Fat: 134.9 g
Sat. Fat: 5.7 g
Fiber: 1.1. g
Sodium: 135 g

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