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Lviv syrnyk is the most popular dessert in Western Ukraine. It is a Ukrainian cuisine treasure and existed way before its worldwide popular counterpart Japanese souffle cheesecake. Both of them belong to the same category of desserts — light, fluffy, dreamy, and amazing with hot bitter drinks like black coffee and tea. Unlike Japanese cheesecake, Lviv Syrnyk is made with real homemade cheese with high-fat content. It is flavored with fresh lemon zest and juice and glazed with chocolate.
A relatively modern version of this dessert was created by Ukrainian celebrity Dariya Tsvek (see Recipe Notes section) by adjusting traditional Easter cheese paska recipe to this everyday breakfast delicacy. My Традиційна українська кухня в народному календарі includes a recipe Syrovets Lemkivski, which is similar to hers. This traditional recipe comes from Lemkivshchyna region and is on page 108, among other molded cheese Easter delicasies.
I make my Lviv Syrnyk with homemade kefir cheese using kefir grains. To make kefir cheese fattier mix 2% milk and heavy whipping cream 4:1 before fermentation, and to make it drier use weights when straining the whey. For 8.5 oz of kefir cheese, ferment 4 cups of milk combined with 1 cup of heavy cream.