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Welcome to the wonderful world of Ukrainian cuisine, where the delicately sweet and subtly tangy Syrniki reigns supreme in the breakfast and dessert kingdom! Originating from the heart of Ukraine, these tender cheese pancakes have been a cherished culinary tradition for generations. The secret to their unique appeal? A star ingredient – quark cheese, which imparts a delicate creaminess that’s unparalleled in the realm of pancakes.
Our variation on this classic, the Lemon Quark Pancakes, introduces a refreshing citrus twist. The vibrant tang of lemon zest and juice melds beautifully with the rich quark, creating a balance between creaminess and acidity that is nothing short of a flavor revelation. Imagine biting into a pancake that’s light as a cloud, subtly sweet, tangy, and undeniably addictive – that’s the magic of Quark Pancakes!
To whip up your batch of these delicious pancakes, you’ll need the following kitchen tools:
- A large mixing bowl: This is where you’ll combine the quark cheese, eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, and juice.
- A whisk or electric mixer: Essential for blending the ingredients into a smooth, lump-free batter.
- A grater or zester: To zest the lemon.
- A citrus juicer: To extract fresh juice from the lemon.
- A non-stick skillet or griddle: To cook the pancakes to golden perfection.
- A spatula: For flipping the pancakes during cooking.
- 2 cups of quark (or cottage cheese/ricotta)
- 2 large eggs
- 3-4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
- Butter or oil, for frying
- Confectioners' sugar for dusting (optional)
- Your choice of jam, honey, or sour cream for serving
- Prepare the Cheese Mixture: In a large mixing bowl, combine the quark (or cottage cheese/ricotta), eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix well until all the ingredients are combined. If you're using lemon zest, add it in at this stage.
- Add the Flour: Gradually add in the flour, stirring continuously. The final mixture should be thick but still a bit sticky. If it's too liquid, add a bit more flour.
- Form the Syrniki: Dust your hands with flour and take a spoonful of the cheese mixture. Roll it into a ball, then flatten it into a disc shape about 1/2-inch thick. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Dust each pancake with flour to prevent sticking.
- Fry the Syrniki: Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and add a bit of butter or oil. Once hot, add the syrniki (in batches if necessary), and fry them for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
- Serve: Transfer the cooked syrniki to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Repeat with the remaining syrniki. Before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired, and serve warm with your choice of jam, honey, or sour cream.
Serving these pancakes is where you can let your creativity shine! Drizzle them with a generous dollop of honey or your favorite fruit jam for a classic touch. Fresh berries or slices of banana can add a burst of natural sweetness and vibrant color. If you’re feeling indulgent, a dollop of whipped cream or a dusting of powdered sugar can take these pancakes to the next level of decadence.
As for any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply warm them in a skillet over medium heat until heated through, or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. They’ll be just as delicious the next day – perfect for a quick and satisfying breakfast or snack!