Russian ‘Syrniki’ Style Pancakes

In 2016 Carys & I decided to go on a pancake world tour. Via pancakes, we travelled from the UK, to America, to Germany and Russia and to France and Poland. One of our favourite types of pancake was Syrniki, Russian-style pancakes. These aren’t technically Syrniki because they’re made with Ricotta and not Russian Farmers Market cheese, but y’know Ricotta is pretty similar & does the job nicely.

These pancakes are super simple to make and super delicious. They’re sweet & creamy and certainly not for when you’re watching your waistline. They are perfect on a warm summers morning with some fresh fruit and orange juice.

This recipe makes about 20 little pancakes & you’d probably eat 4 or 5 for a filling breakfast.


  1. Mix the ricotta, egg and vanilla extract together well
  2. Stir in the sugar
  3. Add the flour & baking soda, a bit at a time, and gently fold in – you really want to stir everything as little as possible at this point
  4. Using a tablespoon or ice cream scoop, scoop the mixture (it will be quite wet) and drop it in a bowl of flour
  5. Use the flour to ball up and then shape the batter into little pancake shapes, about 7-10cm is diameter (use your hands)
  6. Heat up your pan (with oil) and fry the pancakes for about 2-3 mins on each side or until golden brown & slightly crispy

To Serve:

Serve immediately with your choice of topping – traditional toppings include sour cream & jam but also honey, butter and sweet condensed milk. Personally, I prefer them simple, with fruit & icing sugar and maybe some ice cream when it’s really hot out.

Have you ever tried Syrniki before? Let me know if you try the recipe and what you think!

S x


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