The Baked Syrniki are the healthified version of the Russian Traditional Syrnikis, usually pan-friend in oil. The Baked Syrnikis are just as yummy and scrumptious, but healthier and lower in calories! They make a perfect high-protein (naturally) breakfast, dessert or snack and are especially decadent paired with the sour cream and the Healthy Fresh Strawberry Sauce!Hi, friends!
So, as you may already know if you’ve been following me on Instagram, I just came back to the States after spending a few wonderful weeks in Russia, the country where I was born. 🙂 These weeks were full of fun, new discoveries, sightseeing, learning, and, of course, lots of local food exploring! Which means… plenty of healthy recipe inspiration!There’re a lot of fun, delicious and healthy traditionally Russian recipes and I can’t wait to share them all with you! But for the starters I want to begin with this recipe of my favorite healthy Russian breakfast treat:
The simplest way to describe the Syrnikis is that they are basically the same thing as pancakes, only made with the popular in Russia farmers cheese.
And… the simplest way to describe what the farmers cheese looks and tastes like is that it’s basically the same thing as the ricotta cheese. It’s a very thick, mild-tasting and naturally high in protein dairy product that you can eat as is or use it in variety of sweet and savory recipes that call for the ricotta or mascarpone cheese.Traditionally the Syrnikis are pan-fried (just like the pancakes). But since I am not a big fan of frying (even the pan-frying doesn’t sound that healthy to me), I decided to healthify my version of Syrnikis by baking them!
But… there is a trick to baking the Syrnikis if you want them to look just as if they were fried (flat and golden on both sides). Yes! The secret trick that I am going share with you! 🙂 And the trick is… you need to turn them over half way through your baking! 🙂Finally instead of the jelly and sour-cream that the Syrnikis are traditionally served with, I am offering you my lower sugar, fat and calories version of these toppings.
Well… you can still keep the sour-cream, only substitute the lower-fat sour cream for the regular to cut down the fat and the calories. As for the jelly, I made my own Healthy Strawberry Sauce to sub for the sugary jelly. To see how it’s made just hop down to the recipe! 🙂 I so hope that you, guys are having a wonderful summer! And of course I hope that you’ll like my Healthy Syrnikis recipe and will give it a try! And when you do – I just can’t wait to see what you thought of them in the comments below! 🙂
The Baked Syrniki are the healthified version of the Russian Traditional Syrnikis, usually pan-friend in oil. The Baked Syrnikis are just as yummy and scrumptious, but healthier and lower in calories! They make a perfect high-protein (naturally) breakfast, dessert or snack and are especially decadent paired with the sour cream and the Healthy Fresh Strawberry Sauce!
For the Healthy Syrniki:
- 16 oz low-fat farmers cheese or ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Healthy Strawberry Sauce:
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 tbsp sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a cookie sheet with the parchment paper. Spray the sheet with some oil.
Stir together the eggs and the farmers cheese until the mixture is evenly incorporated. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Reserve 3 tbsp of flour and whisk the rest of the flour with the sugar, salt and baking powder.
Combine the cheese mixture with the flour mixture and stir until incorporated.
Dust a cutting board with the reserved 3 tbsp of flour. Put the dough on the board and roll it to form a log. Cut the log into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a little ball. Flatten each ball and put on a cookie sheet, leaving about 1 inch of room between the cookies.
Bake the Syrnikis for about 7-8 minutes. Take them out and gently flip them over. Put the back in the oven and bake another 5-7 minutes until they are golden on both sides. Brush the Syrnikis with the 1 tbsp of oil to give them a glossy, "fried" look.
To make the Strawberry Sauce just blend together the strawberries with the sugar.
Serve the Syrnikis with the Strawberry Sauce and the sour cream. The Syrnikis are traditionally served hot just like the pancakes, but they taste great both hot or cold. Enjoy! 🙂