RUSSIAN HEALTHY CHEESE CAKES
It’s not at all like a regular cheesecake, but there is cheese, it’s healthy, and it looks like cakes. So, I believe, the name is legit. In Russia we call them “Syrniki” (“syr” means “cheese”).
In order to make syrniki you need to make farmers cheese first. Get 4 quarts of buttermilk, pour buttermilk in a big pan, almost bring to a boil - you have to turn the heat off right before buttermilk (at that time it turns into curd and whey) is about to boil, cover a pan with a lid and keep it like that for a couple of hours, then drain curd using a cheesecloth). You’ll get about 19oz of farmers cheese. Don’t throw whey away! It can be used for baking.
Farmers cheese - 19oz
Carrot - 1 medium size (about 5 oz), grated
All purpose flour - 3 oz (about 6 tbsp) + about 1-2 oz for rolling syrniki before frying
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Grind farmers cheese in a meat grinder, so it gets a smooth texture.
Add eggs, grated carrot and flour.
The dough should be sticky enough to form cakes, but not too dense.
Form cakes with your hands.
Lightly roll each of them in some flour.
Warm ghee in a skillet.
Fry syrniki about 5 minutes on each side.
Let them cool for a couple of hours, they taste much better if you do that, or even place them in the fridge overnight.
Serve warm or cold with sour cream, or yogurt, or honey, or yogurt and honey, or your favorite jam… Possibilities are endless.
Using carrot is not mandatory. Raisins can be used instead (or even added).
Plain syrniki are also very good.