Today's blog post was contributed by Gaiane, from BellaVeaJewelry. Another great recipe from one of our Jetteam members.
"My mom has made this recipe since we were little. It's a Russian Farmer's Cheese Pancake Recipe also called Syrniki. We make it with as little ingredients as possible to keep it simple and more healthy. Farmers' cheese is the main ingredient and my mom usually makes her own and brings me some : ) However, you can also purchase it in some health food stores. I did include the recipe if someone wants to make their own. "
1 cup Farmers cheese
1 pinch salt
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp flour
"*Tip Use as little flour as possible. It just needs flour to help keep it together. If farmer's cheese is on a dryer side and doesn't have a lot of moisture, you would need less flour. If it is very moist you can squeeze out the excess water or use more flour. In the photo below, you can see that the excess water in the farmer's cheese has been drained well.
To make the Syrniki, first combine all the ingredients with 1 - 1.5 tbsp of flour. Form this into flat patties while lightly covering them with the remainder of the flour. The patties will be very soft, which will also result in soft and fluffy pancakes. Cook them covered on a medium heat in a pan with butter. Carefully turn them when one side is brown and cook on the other side covered as well. After it's cooked, you can top it with fruit, preserve, sour cream, honey or a combination of your favorites. The great thing about this recipe is that you can make these with gluten free, all purpose flour and they will come out great!"
Homemade Farmer's Cheese Recipe
1/2 gallon of organic whole milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt whole milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
**Makes about 2 cups of farmers cheese
"Combine all ingredients together in a large pot and put on low heat. Mix occasionally so it doesn't stick. It will start separating right as it's about to boil. You will start seeing the pieces of cheese and water. Let it separate for about 2-3 min or until you see the water more clear and no milk. Turn off the stove and let it sit there for 5-10 min. Take it out and drain it. Also you can use a cheese cloth to get as much water out of the cheese as possible. And that's how you can make farmer's cheese at home."