Tofurniki (Russian Vegan Syrniki or Cheese Pancakes)
Out of all the delicious Russian dishes I remember from childhood, I must say that Syrniki are by far my favorite. They are pancakes on steroids…and I LOVE PANCAKES!!! Why are they on “steroids”? Because they are heartier and creamier and much more delicious!!! Everyone has had pancakes up the wazooo. Blueberry….smores….chocolate chip….well revamp your pancake game and try something RUSSIAN!!!
Syrniki translates to cheese pancakes. Generally, these beauties are made with some kind of farmers cheese or cottage cheese. I missed these dearly in my 14months now of veganism sooooo I set out to remake these. Turns out it was simpler than I thought. Thanks to good old tofu, the texture and flavor were easily recreated without much thought.
Tofu easily substitutes for the hearty cheese texture and the binding of the eggs. Although I did add a little aquafaba for additional binder, it certainly can do without in a pinch. With a little bit of flour and sugar these came together in minutes.
Grandma usually kept syrniki simple as is but I have also seen versions with different additions like raisins or blueberries. I always eat syrniki with a side of jam or (vegan) sour cream or both depending on what I have on hand. I recommend experimenting with different toppings of jam or syrup and see what “floats” your tofurniki boat!
These syrniki are sooo easy to make for breakfast or even dessert. Personally, I make a big batch at enjoy for breakfast and then an after dinner treat. Again….I LOVE SYRNIKI!!!!