Syrniki Gluten Free Recipe

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What are Syrniki (or Sirniki)?  Syrniki are Ukrainian pancakes made with farmer (or homemade) cheese. They are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.  Traditionally syrniki are served with sour cream. I like to serve syrniki with fresh berries and powdered sugar. This is a simple recipe and a super easy way to make this delicious breakfast or dessert.

plates with syrniki and a cup of coffee on the table.

Ingredients note

  • farmer cheese, you can also use homemade
  • powdered sugar  (plus extra for serving)
  • egg room temperature
  • white rice flour (plus an extra few spoons for forming a patty). Do not substitute rice flour with all-purpose flour or any other flour.
  • pinch of salt
  • oil for frying

How to make this recipe

Prepare the batter: In the large bowl, mix farm cheese, egg, white rice flour, powdered sugar (sifted), and a pinch of salt. I use a fork for mixing.  I also like to have some little cheese clumps left when I combine all the ingredients.

Tip from Marina: the “batter” will be much thicker than the American pancake batter. It’s ok.

To form syrniki:

Traditionally, you will scoop out (with help of the tablespoon) dough and form a small patty, using your hands. But I would like to show you different way.

You will need ¼ cup ice cream scoop with a squeeze-release handle. Simply scoop some dough and place it on the table (or cutting board), previously dusted with some rice flour.

Now the fun part:  cover a piece of dough with the glass or the teacup and circle a few times. Then flip that patty and circle again. Your syrniki are ready for baking! Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add 1-2 tbsp oil.

Once the skillet and oil are hot, place the patties directly into the skillet. Saute until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Do not crowd the syrniki, cook them in 3-4 batches if necessary.

How to serve

Transfer to a plate and serve with fresh berries, caramel, or lemon curd. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. The toppings also could be jam, sour cream, or maple syrup.

plate with syrniki and fresh raspberries on the table.

Expert Tips

  • Do not substitute rice flour with all-purpose flour. The result will be different. This is a recipe for gluten-free Syrniki.
  • You can add raisins or nuts to the recipe.
  • Do not use a lot of oil in the pan.
  • Cook a few Syrniki at the time. Do not crowd the pan!

If you make Syrniki, please tag me on social media and make sure to leave a rating down below. I would love to see your creations!

Syrniki Ukrainian cheese pancakes

Syrniki (Ukrainian Cheese Pancakes)

Marina
Syrniki are pancakes made with farmer (or homemade) cheese. Traditionally syrniki are served with sour cream. I like to serve syrniki with fresh berries and powdered sugar. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Ukrainian
Servings 24 syrniki
Calories 43 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 whisk

Ingredients
  

  • 500 gr (5cups) farmers cheese, you can use homemade or from store
  • 50 gr (1/3 cup) powdered sugar plus extra for serving 
  • 1 egg
  • 50 gr (1/3) cup white rice flour plus extra (a few spoons) for forming patty 
  • Pinch of salt
  • Oil for frying 

Instructions
 

  • In the large bowl, mix together farm cheese, egg, white rice flour, powdered sugar (sifted) and pinch of salt. 
  • You will need ¼ cup ice cream scoop with squeeze-release handle. Simply scoop some dough and place on the table (or cutting board), previously sprinkled with some rice flour. 
  • Cover piece of dough with the glass or teacup and circle a few times. Then flip that patty and circle again.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough. 
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add 1-2 tbsp oil. 
  • Once skillet and oil are hot, place patties directly into the skillet. Saute until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes each side. Do not crowd the syrniki, cook them in 3-4 batches if necessary. 
  • Transfer to a plate and serve with fresh berries. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Notes

Do not substitute rice flour with any other. 
Do not use a lot of oil on the frying pan. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1SyrnikCalories: 43kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 83mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 0.05gSugar: 2gCalcium: 0.2mgIron: 0.01mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is the best syrnyky recipe I’ve made. Great texture, tasty, I’ve added raisins to mine. Super yummy. Thank you Marina. Your recipes never fail.

5 from 1 vote

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