I got 4 packs of fresh cottage cheese (quark) and decided to make a dish which used to be my top breakfast choice when I was a child.
‘Syrniki’ is a classic Russian dish, a dessert. It is sweet and is typically served for breakfast
There are plenty of various recipes of these fritters. I invented my own. The tricky thing is you need to make a proper dough that you’ll be able to form into rounds or pucks and fry afterwards. So it’s all about the beautiful shape versus amount of flour. Me being crazy about flours and extra calories didn’t want to use too much of a basic baking flour. I used semolina and coconut flour instead. I feel I’ll be adapting this recipe with time, working on the form, but the taste is amazing already!
You can’t really predict the final taste though because it always depends on the quark texture, its freshness, dryness, sweetness and lack of sour tones. Therefore I highly recommend adding some kind of sweetener to your dough. I’m using coconut sugar which I discovered quite recently and am SO satisfied with it!
You may serve syrniki with whatever topping you like. I feel like eating those with greek yoghurt, maple syrup and my favorite apple puree which takes 10 minutes to make (you can either make a puree or leave those spiced apple chunks as they are).
So here’s my cottage cheese fritters with coconut flour recipe
- 4 packs of fresh low-fat (2%) quark (200 grams each)
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp semolina
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp dried cranberries (or raisins)
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- coconut flour for coating
- coconut oil for frying
- Place cottage cheese* in the food processor and blend well
- Cover cranberries with hot water for 5 minutes to make them soft, then dry with a paper napkin
- In a separate bowl whisk 3 eggs together with a pinch of salt
- Add eggs and sugar to the cottage cheese mass, mix well
- Add in semolina and flaxseeds meal, mix well. Let it sit for 5 minutes
- Add in coconut flour and cranberries, mix well
- Now it’s time you check the consistency. For 1 fritter you’ll need 1 spoonful of the batter. If you feel it’s too sticky – add in more semolina
- Heat the skillet. Make sure it’s hot and pour some coconut oil (be generous)
- Take 1 tbsp of the batter and cover it with coconut flour, form a round or a puck and place into hot skillet, fry for about 2 minutes until brown on the bottom, flip over
- Place the ready fritter on a thick napkin to get rid of the extra oil
- Serve with yoghurt, chia jam, apple puree, honey or maple syrup. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Enjoy!
* If the cottage cheese is wet, better place it on a sieve for extra liquid to leak out. Please use the whole quark (not the granular type).