Syrniki with Berry Sauce

A delicious, hearty traditional Eastern European breakfast treat your whole family will love!

Servings: 5 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lifeway White Cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp flour (whole wheat, all-purpose – your choice) + more for dusting and hands
  • 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup berries (we used a mix of raspberry and blueberry)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice + grated zest
  • 2 tsp sugar (to taste)

Directions

  1. Syrniki In a large mixing bowl, crumble/break up white cheese with a fork. Add in eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix well. Add baking soda and flour, mixing until just combined. Batter should be thick. Refrigerate batter for about an hour to thicken more, if desired.
  2. When you’re ready to cook your syrniki, heat a skillet on medium-high and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle some flour on your working surface and on your hands. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the pancake batter at a time into your hands and form into thick patties roughly two inches in diameter. Add to the hot skillet and cook as you would a pancake (until golden brown on both sides, flipping halfway through cooking).
  3. Serve with berry sauce (recipe below) or toppings of your choosing (sour cream, nuts and honey are traditionally used). Berry Sauce In a small pot, heat the berries until warm and juices begin to escape. Stir in lemon juice, zest and sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until bubbly and desired thickness is achieved. Cool slightly before serving with syrniki.
  4. Enjoy with a glass of Lifeway Kefir, orange juice or coffee.
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