Delicious Ukranian fried cheese cakes.


20 oz cheese (soft white cheese such as quark, about 2 1/4 cups, drained)
1 1⁄2 T flour
1 pn salt
2 t sugar
  cooking oil (vegetable oil for frying)
  confectioner's sugar (for decoration)


  1. Force the cheese through a sieve and place into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Add flour, egg yolk, salt and sugar. Process until a smooth dough is formed.
  3. Roll the dough into a cylinder about 3 inch (75 mm) thick. Wrap in film and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Once chilled, cut the cheese dough into rounds 3/4 inch (20 mm) thick.
  5. Heat oil in a skillet over a low heat. Shallow fry cheese cakes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Remove from pan and place onto a plate, dust with confectioner's sugar and serve warm, with some sour cream on the side.


Pan fry syrniki in butter for a richer flavor. If you don't have it, substitute quark cheese with the same amount of fromage blanc, or half cottage cheese and half yogurt, or a blend of cream cheese and cream, same amounts.

6 servings
Preparation time
Cooking time
Total time
40 minutes