|Alternative names||Syrnyky, tvorozhniki|
|Associated cuisine||Belarusian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian|
|Main ingredients||Tvorog/Quark (curd cheese)/Cottage cheese, flour, eggs, sugar; sometimes raisins, vanilla extract|
Syrniki (Belarusian: сырнікі; Russian: сырники) or syrnyky (Ukrainian: сирники) are fried Eastern Slavic quark (curd cheese) pancakes. In Russia, they are also known as tvorozhniki (творо́жники). They are a part of Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, Latvian (biezpiena plācenīši), Lithuanian and Serbian cuisine. Their simplicity and delicious taste have made them very popular in Eastern Europe.
The name syrniki is derived from the Slavic word syr (сыр), stand for soft curd cheese. The Ukrainian language retains the old Slavic sense of the word, as in domashnii syr (домашній сир, literal translation 'domestic cheese'), whereas in Russian, another old Slavic word for curd cheese, namely the word tvorog (творог), is used.
Syrnyky or tvorozhniki are made from creamy tvorog, mixed with flour, eggs and sugar, sometimes adding vanilla extract. Pot cheese or farmer's cheese or Quark is suggested as a substitute for the tvorog. The soft mixture is shaped into cakes, which are pan- or shallow-fried in vegetable oil or in hot butter. The consistency should remain slightly creamy, while they are slightly browned on both sides. They are traditionally sweet and served for breakfast or dessert, but can be made savory as well. Raisins, chopped dried apricot, fresh apples or pears are sometimes added into the batter. They are typically served with varenye, jam, smetana (sour cream) and / or melted butter.
an Eastern Slavic traditional dish which long ago crossed the border from Belarus into Latgale to become part of the local cuisine.
Подавать сырники горячими со сметаной, вареньем, джемом к чаю, молоку, соку (Serve cakes hot with sour cream, varenye, jam and tea, milk, juice.)