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Ricotta and Apple Syrniki (Russian Cheese Fritters)

Ricotta and Apple Cinnamon Syrniki (сы́рники)…Russian Apple & Cheese Fritters…25 Days of Holiday Treats

  • Author: Mila Furman
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These plump and delicious “syrniki” are Russian cheese and apple fritters that are filling, healthy and creamy. Perfect for any breakfast, brunch or snack!


  • 1 apple of choice (I like a slightly tart apple like a Honeycrisp or a Pink Lady, even a Granny Smith will work)
  • 1 cup of ricotta (about 8 oz)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour plus 1/2 a cup more for dredging
  • 1/2 a tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • zest of an orange
  • 1/2 tsp of freshly ground cinnamon
  • powdered sugar to garnish
  • 4 tbsp of butter for frying


  1. First I peeled some apples. Then I sliced them and diced them. Just nice and small because they are also going into your batter.
  2. Place a tablespoon of butter into a medium sized pan and allow it to melt over medium heat. Place HALF of the diced apples into the pan, along with 1/2 a tsp of FRESH cinnamon. I prefer to just grate a bit from a fresh cinnamon stick. It is actually much milder that way. Let them sautee slowly until they are nice and soft. Set aside.
  3. Because I like everything fast, I mix my batter in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add in your ricotta, HALF of the diced apple, 2 eggs. zest of an orange, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp baking powder and 3/4 cup flour into a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment. I really love the orange zest in here. It just totally brightens up the flavor.
  5. Mix until JUST combined.
  6. Here is where things get a little tricky… The batter SHOULD be sticky. In the next step you will be ensuring that that stickiness doesn’t get out of hand 🙂
  7. Place about 1/2 a cup of flour into a plate and get out your ice cream scoop. I learned this neat little scooper trick from Natasha’s Kitchen Syrniki recipe. Scoop a nice ball of batter into the flour, cover it all with the flour.
  8. Now that the flour will no longer stick to your hands go ahead and shape it into a patty.
  9. Warm up about 2 tbsp of butter in a pan and fry each syrnik until golden brown over medium heat, about 4 minutes per side.
  10. Remove from pan and drain on a few paper towels to remove any access fat. Serve with the sauteed apples and a few more sprinkles of cinnamon and orange zest. Plus some powdered sugar for good measure 🙂
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Russian