Archive for the ‘Quark’ Category

Baked Cheesecake (a la Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Cut Lemon 

600g quark or mild fresh goat’s cheese (I used 500g quark and 100g greek yoghurt)
50g unsalted butter melted and cooled
2 tbsp medium oatmeal (I used 4 heaped desert spoons ready oats)
100g caster sugar
2 beaten eggs
2 tsp orange or lemon zest

Heat the oven to 170c.  Butter a 20cm springform cake tin. (I only had a 15cm one).

Beat the cheese until smooth and add butter, oatmeal, sugar, eggs and zest.  Mix well and spoon into tin and smooth top.

Bake for 25-30 mins until set and brown on top – (mine needed a 10mins longer in the smaller tin as it was deeper). 

Serve room temp with jam or fruit sauce.

Quarkkeulchen (Little cheese cakes)

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

These sweet little potato cakes from Saxony in Germany can be eaten as either a filling pudding, supper or brunch.  NB this recipe makes quite a lot, you may want to halve it for the first go!

Desiree PotatoDried mixed fruit
1kg potatoes
150g flour
1 tsp baking powder
500g quark
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g raisins
butter to fry

Peel, chop and boil the potatoes until tender.  Push through a fine sieve, potato ricer, or mash extremely well and leave to cool.

Stir the flour and baking powder into the potatoes, then mix in the quark.  Whisk the eggs with the salt, nutmeg, lemon peel, sugar, vanilla extract and raisins. 

Add the egg mixture to the potato mixture and knead the mixture to ensure everything is thoroughly combined, but don’t overwork it.

Flour your hands and the work surface, then shape the dough into a 6cm thick roll.  Cut off 1.5cm pieces and flatten each one slightly.

Heat a frying pan to a good heat, then turn down a little.  Melt 2 tsp butter in the pan and fry the little cakes for about 2 mins on each side until golden brown.  You will need to do more than one batch.  Adjust the amount of butter accordingly so they don’t stick.

Serve warm with cinnamon sugar and some fruit compote (stewed apples, pears, cranberries, apricots or bottled cherries).

These freeze well and make great quick breakfasts!