Polish Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes (Serniki)

These Polish Farmer’s Cheese pancakes will bless your home. One of my favorite Polish foods is Nalesniki. They are my childhood. They are crepes filled with a sweet Farmer’s Cheese mixture and then crisped in a pan with butter. Seriously, they are heavenly. And a lot of work. When you are a busy family with hungry boys, I don’t have the time to create such labor-intensive breakfasts. This is how I created my version of Serniki – Polish Farmer’s cheese pancakes. This recipe is unlike anything you will find online because I added my own culinary spin to the recipe. Your house will smell sooooo amazing when you’re cooking these yummy pancakes. Your kids will be asking for more!

I was inspired to create this recipe because we have an abundance of raw milk. Our friends have 2 dairy cows and they are so generous to share their milk with us. We do have 2 cows of our own but they are not in milk yet. I wanted to take this opportunity to learn how to manage an abundance of milk and this recipe came to life.

These cheese pancakes freeze incredibly well also. I made about 40 of them one morning and froze them into two big freezer bags. The kids and my hubby would just pull them out and pop them into the toaster. They are great as a snack or breakfast.

To round out breakfast I would scramble some eggs or make some sausages. The cheese does provide some protein but I like to have protein-heavy meals. I find it helps me and the family stay full longer.

You can serve these plain or with toppings. Some popular ones in our home are whipped cream, butter, powdered sugar, sour cream, jam, or maple syrup.

Give this recipe a try. I know that it will be a hit for you and your loved ones.

Farmers Cheese Pancakes

Recipe by Angelica RozewiczCourse: BreakfastCuisine: Polish, Russian, Eastern EuropeanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 3 Cups Farmer's Cheese (can use cottage cheese just drain it to make it dry)

  • 6 eggs

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1.5 cups milk (Have a half cup extra on hand in case the batter is too dry)

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tbsp baking powder

  • 5 tbsp of sugar (vanilla sugar is even better if you have it)


  • Break up the Farmer's Cheese in your bowl so there are no big chunks (unless you like big chunks).
  • Add Eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and sugar
  • Add the flour and mix
  • Add 1 cup of milk and mix. If it's too dry then use the remaining milk adding slowly until you get the right consistency.
  • Once the batter is all mixed, using a ladle or measuring cup, spoon the batter into a hot frying pan. I like to fry them in butter.
  • You can serve them with powdered sugar, sour cream, whipped cream, jam, or maple syrup.


  • Always cook with your soul. If you want them sweeter add an extra tablespoon of sugar. If you want the pancakes thicker, then add less milk. What them thinner, add more milk. You can't go wrong with these flavors.
  • My children really like to see the cheese in the pancakes which is why I add 3 cups. Sometimes I even add 4.
  • You can make your own farmer's cheese by heating milk up to a simmer where you see thousands of bubbles but NOT boiling, and then add 1/2 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of milk. Mix and then let it sit until it cools. Drain the cheese through a cheesecloth and it's ready to go.

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