Oven Baked Syrniki. Ahjus küpsetatud Sõrnikud

Syrniki. Sõrnikud http://www.estoniancuisine.com

Sõrnikud made its way to Estonian cuisine from Russia.

As these fluffy quark fritters are very delicious Sõrnikud were quickly adapted by Estonian sweet teeth.

Sõr /сыр means in Russian cheese and/or quark. So, these are small cheesecakes 🙂 🙂

I’m not a big fan of frying these cakes as I barely have time, plus I get my sufficient amount of fat from other sources anyway. 🙂

Therefore, I’ve adapted from the original recipe to make Sõrnikud suitable for baking in the oven.



This January, I would like to introduce you to a foreign dish that throughout the years has become more and more popular in Estonia to the point where I and my fellow Estonians consider it being part of our national cuisine.



Small Quark Cakes Syrniki. Sõrnikud

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious dessert or savoury dish. Serve with Smetana or jam.


Syrniki. Sõrnikud http://www.estoniancuisine.com


  • 1 egg
  • 400 g quark. Look how to make quark by yourself
  • 1,2 dl semolina + for breading semolina or flour
  • salt, sugar, grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoon soft butter + some butter pieces to add a top of the cakes
  • 100 g sour cream + for serving


  1. Mix together all ingredients.
  2. Leave at least for 10- 15 minutes to set
  3. Preheat oven. NB! your hands should be wet, Roll balls ( ca 12- 14 pcs)  bread into the flour or semolina and press  flat
  4. Place on the greased or baking paper lined oven plate and bake at 180 C for 10-15 minutes. Turn cakes around put on the top of cakes small pieces of butter and bake another 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with sour cream and/or jam.

Syrniki. Sõrnikud http://www.estoniancuisine.com


3 thoughts on “Oven Baked Syrniki. Ahjus küpsetatud Sõrnikud

  1. Lordie – how times and places change in every way! Have asked about a dozen Esto friends locally over the last 1/2 hour and noone has had a clue as to ‘sõrnikud’ ! Interesting and thp’ am a nutritionist amongst other matters, shall do a whole lot of homework 🙂 1


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