Lviv Syrnyk

traditional Ukrainian cheesecake
Traditional Ukrainian cheesecake
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21 oz Farmer's cheese 600 g, full-fat, or cottage cheese
6 ½ tbsp Butter at room temperature, plus more for greasing
¾ cup Sugar
2 tbsp Cornstarch
4 Eggs
2 tbsp Sour cream full-fat
⅓ cup Raisins dark
1 tbsp All-purpose flour to coat raisins, or cornstarch if making the gluten-free version
½ tbsp Lemon zest or orange zest
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Chocolate ganache:
3 ¼ tbsp Butter
2 ¾ oz Chocolate dark or milk, good quality, finely chopped

Nutritional information

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Lviv Syrnyk


This Lviv Syrnyk is maybe the most delicious recipe made from farmer’s cheese I’ve tried so far. Originating from Ukraine, this decadent cheesecake is a restaurant-worthy dessert that is so easy to make at home. The citron-laced farmer’s cheese filling in this amazing cheesecake is enriched with eggs and butter and loaded with plump raisins. The cheesecake is baked in a loaf pan, then covered with a simple chocolate ganache. The end result is a rich, dense, moist, delicately sweet, and, most importantly, delicious cheesecake.

This recipe is simple to put together and requires neither fancy ingredients nor a daunting water bath. Start with soaking the raisins in hot water for 10 minutes to get them a little softer. Press the farmer’s cheese through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl. Mix in the sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest. Stir in the softened butter. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Next, stir in the sour cream and vanilla essence. Drain the raisins and pat dry. Coat them in flour and stir into the batter. You can substitute cornstarch for the flour if making the gluten-free version of this recipe. Pour the batter into the loaf pan lined with parchment paper and bake for about 40 minutes. Once baked, turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool inside with the door ajar. Wrap the cheesecake in plastic and transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour. Finally, prepare the ganache, cool to room temperature, and pour it over the cheesecake. Allow the ganache to set fully in the fridge for about 2 hours. Once set, slice and serve.

To make the Lviv Syrnyk, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Lviv Syrnyk


Preheat oven and prepare baking pan

Preheat the oven to 350 °F and grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.


Soak raisins


In a small bowl, soak ⅓ cup dark raisins in hot water for 10-15 minutes.


Prepare farmer’s cheese


Press 21 ounces (600 grams) farmer's cheese through a mesh sieve into a large bowl.


Add sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest


Add ¾ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and ½ tablespoon lemon zest and mix gently to combine.


Add butter


Add 6 ½ tablespoons soft butter and stir to combine.


Add eggs


Stir in 2 eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition.


Add sour cream and vanilla


Stir in 2 tablespoons sour cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.


Drain raisins


Drain and pat dry the raisins. Coat the raisins in 1 tablespoon flour or cornstarch.


Add raisins


Stir the raisins into the batter until just combined.


Transfer batter to baking pan


Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.




Bake the cheesecake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool inside with the door ajar. Wrap the cheesecake in plastic and transfer to the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours.


Prepare ganache


In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, gently melt 3 ¼ tablespoons butter. Once the butter starts to melt, add 2 ¾ ounces finely chopped chocolate. When the chocolate starts to melt, stir with a spatula until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.


Cover cheesecake with ganache


Take the cheesecake out of the loaf pan and flip upside down on a wire rack positioned over a rimmed baking sheet. Pour the ganache over the cheesecake. Gently transfer the cheesecake to a serving plate. Allow the ganache to set fully in the fridge for about 1-2 hours.



Slice and serve!

This Lviv Syrnyk is a delicious traditional Ukrainian cheesecake that is easy to make at home. Studded with raisins, flavored with lemon zest and vanilla, and covered with chocolate ganache, this cheesecake is insane. If you make this recipe, please share it using the hashtag #cookmerecipes or by tagging @cookmerecipes on Instagram!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 10

Perfect dessert!

Jill Duval

Great ! This cheesecake recipe is unusual for me, but i made it, it was delicious.

Stella Watson

I made it! Thanks for sharing Ukrainian dessert recipes.


Absolutely delicious! So easy, even I could make it. Thanks a lot.


Reply to Alisha Palzer:

Hi, Alisha Palzer! Thank you for paying attention to our recipe! Sure, you can substitute farmer cheese with cottage cheese.

Alisha Palzer

Can I substitute farmer cheese with cottage cheese in this recipe?

Dasha Vakulova

It's my favorite Ukrainian dessert. My children are delighted with it.


Wow! Cheesecake with chocolate ganache! I love it!


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Irresistible dessert! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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