On October 1st, World Vegetarian Day, I posted a meatless recipe entitled Tortilla Espanola Potato and Egg with a photo from the calendar. Link: (https://www.menupause.info/archives/21140) That recipe and this one are reprinted with permission from the Acme Market FREE calendar called Kosher Cuisines of the World (acmemarkets.com). The calendar includes both meatless and meat-centered recipes. Dairy and meat are kept separately in kosher cooking.
Syrniki Sweet Cheese Pancakes from Russia
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
- 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.
- Using wet hands, form dough into thirty 2″ patties about 1/2″ thick.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- 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,
*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:
- I used stevia instead of sugar, so you may need a little more flour.
- I did not drain the ricotta cheese overnight; just drain it while gathering the other ingredients. I also used full fat ricotta.
- 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.
- I also used macadamia oil, not olive oil. I like the flavor of mac nut oil.
- I did not add raisins. I don’t like them in pancakes. (You could try slivered almonds for crunch.)
- As the directions note, they are actually patties, since they are thicker than the kind of pancakes I grew up eating.
- 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.)
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