Quark Cheese

Homemade Quark Cheese is easy and delicious - from dietersdownfall.com

Grilled Cheese Dessert – Day One – Quark Cheese

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month?

Have you ever heard of Quark Cheese?

No? And No?

Seems like you’re  not the only one.

This week we are making a delightful Poached Pear and Quark Grilled Cheese Dessert! Yep, DESSERT!

Red Wine Poached Pears with Quark Cheese for National Grilled Cheese Month - from dietersdownfall.com

Most people in the US have never heard of Quark, but it’s quite popular in Europe. It’s a cousin to Mascarpone and Ricotta Cheese. It’s a soft cheese very similar to cream cheese or extra strained yogurt. In fact, if you prolong the heating, you would actually end up with yogurt.

I found THIS ARTICLE and thought it had everything you wanted to know about Quark. According to the website, here are 10 ways you can use Quark Cheese in your everyday cooking.

10 ways to use quark
1. Make a topping for pancakes or waffles.
2. Use it as part of a filling for crepes or homemade Danish pastries.
3. Mix in preserves or honey to make a dip; serve with fresh fruit.
4. Add it to your mashed potatoes.
5. Put a dollop on top of soups.
6. Add it to smoothies for extra protein.
7. Spread it on a bagel instead of cream cheese.
8. Mix it with garlic and dill for a savory vegetable or crostini spread.
9. Bake it into cakes and soufflés.
10. Create a chocolate pudding by mixing quark with cocoa powder and sugar.
 

They also had a few recipes for Quark Cheese. They all looked great.

We are going to use the Quark to make a Dessert Grilled Cheese. I submitted the recipe to Wisconsin Cheese and they actually added it to their online magazine, “Grate. Pair, Share!

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Take a look at all the Amazing Grilled Cheese sandwiches for Grilled Cheese Month! I’m sure you’ll find a sandwich you’ll love there.

Today, we are going to start off by making our own Quark Cheese. I found three different ways to make it. One way is to use milk and add buttermilk, the second way is to use milk and add a dry enzyme, and the third is to use all buttermilk. I went with the first option. It was seemed to be pretty easy.

Grilled Cheese and Pears – Day Two – Quark Cheese

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours

Grilled Cheese and Pears – Day Two – Quark Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cultured buttermilk
  • 1 large container with lid or foil
  • 1 large colander
  • 1 cheesecloth

Instructions

  • Heat milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan until it simmers. Remove from heat and stir in Buttermilk. Pour into a glass container and cover overnight.
  • The next morning line the colander with cheesecloth and pour the lumpy buttermilk into it. Cover with the ends of the cloth and let drain in sink for about 2 hours. You can also press the whey out to expedite the process.
  • When all the whey has been removed, place into a glass container with a lid and store in the fridge up to 4 days.

Notes

You MUST use a Cultured Buttermilk. It's the live cultures that turn milk into cheese. Use fresh buttermilk.

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much, first the mascarpone recipe, now Quark, I really appreciate this.
    Maybe you can find also a recipe for Ricotta or Cream Cheese?
    Hugs, Laura

  2. Karyn, I am so excited about your Quark cheese recipe! I spent much of my childhood in Europe and we used Quark frequently but it is nearly impossible to find it here in the States. I’m planning on sending folks from my blog (homemakinghearts.com) on over to you for this recipe as well as the recipes for Ricotta and Mascarpone! You have a beautiful website and amazing culinary talent! Thank you for sharing!

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