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Ricota breakfast balls
Syrniki are traditional Russian fried farmer’s cheese (tvorog patties) garnished with sour cream, jam, honey or apple sauce. In Russia, they are also known as trorozhniki. We love them for breakfast but they would also make excellent mid-day snack.
This recipe is has twist from my mom’s original recipe.  I shaped my syrniki into little balls and use Ricotta cheese instead of the traditional trovog. It works perfectly, if you don’t have tvorog as an option. 
My kids prefer the Ricotta version more because the texture is smoother.
2 cups fresh Russian tvorog or Ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 Tbsp. butter-melted
1 cup flour 
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
Vegetable Oil for frying
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
In a deep saucepan, heat about 1 inch of oil over medium to medium-high heat.
Flour your hands and scoop up batter about 1 tablespoon and create a rough ball shape.
Using the spatula, drop dough balls into the oil, being careful not to splash.
Turn the balls when they get golden brown color. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the balls out of the oil, letting the excess drip back into the pan before putting them on a baking tray lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
Though they are great alone but if you drizzle them with honey, dip in sour cream or spread with your favorite jam, you will have unforgettably delicious breakfast!!!