Russian Syrniki

Ingredients

450g Quark (pressed cottage cheese)
2 eggs
2 tbsp. oil
4 tbsp. sugar
1 ½ cup self raising flour plus extra flour for dusting and rolling|
½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract

To serve
1 punnet berries
Chopped strawberries
200g sour cream
½ bunch mint
Icing sugar

Method

Combine Quark, eggs, sugar, oil, flour, baking powder and vanilla in a medium size bowl and mix all the ingredients with a hand mixer until you get a homogenous mass- no longer than 2-3 minutes. The mixture will be very sticky.

Put your non-stick frying pan on the stove on medium heat and add 3 tbsp of oil to it. Dust a clean work surface with some flour. Take a regular soup spoon and start scooping the mixture from the bowl. Put it directly on the floured surface and roll it in the flour, then flatten it with your palm to make it into a patty. Continue the process with the rest of your cheese mixture until it’s all gone.

Before you start frying your syrniki make sure the oil in the frying pan is very hot by sprinkling a bit of flour into it. If it sizzles it’s hot enough. Fry your syrniki the same way you would pancakes. When you turn them over they should puff up a bit. The flour coating will make the outside slightly crispy while the mostly cheese filling will taste light and delicious.

Dust syrniki with icing sugar as the final touch and serve them with fresh blueberries, strawberries, sour cream, mint and icing sugar.