Category: quark

Oven Baked Syrniki. Ahjus küpsetatud Sõrnikud

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Syrniki. Sõrnikud http://www.estoniancuisine.com

Sõrnikud made its way to Estonian cuisine from Russia.

As these fluffy quark fritters are very delicious Sõrnikud were quickly adapted by Estonian sweet teeth.

Sõr /сыр means in Russian cheese and/or quark. So, these are small cheesecakes 🙂 🙂


I’m not a big fan of frying these cakes as I barely have time, plus I get my sufficient amount of fat from other sources anyway. 🙂


Therefore, I’ve adapted from the original recipe to make Sõrnikud suitable for baking in the oven.

 

 

This January, I would like to introduce you to a foreign dish that throughout the years has become more and more popular in Estonia to the point where me and my fellow estonians consider it being part of our national cuisine.

 

 

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Simple Eggfree Quark Cookies by Malle. Malle kohupiimaküpsised

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Simple Quark Cookies. http://www.estoniancuisine.com

I do not know about you, but I have always problem. When I cook for dinner soup, what to serve beside.

These cookies are simple to bake and pay attention: there no spices and seasonings in this dough. So, you can bake and serve them as savoury or sweet, as you like.

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How To Do Estonian Quark Cheese with Caraway Seeds. Sõir.

s6ir (1)Sõir, Estonian Quark Cheese with caraway seeds is very known in South Estonia. And this is my father recipe.
Traditionally was it dish for Midsummer and Pentecost.
Do you know, that in Latvian is cheese – Siers and in Russian сыр. And even in English, cheese sound very similar. So, all these cheeses are related 🙂

Important:
quark must be as dry, as possible. And better is fat-free quark
Ricotta is not alternative to use. Make your quark yourself
Be sure your quark is natural and Do NOT consist gelatine or whatever.

You need:
sieve with fine holes
clean fabric, cloth, towels. For better result soak it in the salty water
Pot with thick bottom. Be careful: milk boiling over and stick to the bottom with seconds.
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Quark Cake by Janne

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Quark Cake by Janne

Impossible to write Estonian food blog without quark.
You can buy quark from shop, but this is very easy to do by yourself.
If you have children, call them to join. To make quark is fun process and lesson about chemistry, cooking, health and fermentation 🙂
Quark recipe you can find here.

Estonian quark is made from skimmed milk and mesophilic starter. This is fat-free and mesophilic means, that quark is fermented on the low temperature. And if quark ready, bake delicious quark- cake.

Quark Cake by Janne

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light quark cake for easter

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Quark cake by Janne

Ingredients

  • 125 g room temperature butter
  • 1 dl sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 dl flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Filling

  • 250 g quark
  • 250 g sour cream
  • 1 dl sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon starch

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Estonian Traditional Curd filled Buns. Mulgi korbid

Mulgi korbid

Mulgimaa is perfect example about the globalisation already in 19th of century. During the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865 was lack of cotton and price was very high.
So, was demand for alternatives. South Estonia, Mulgimaa has perfect conditions for cultivation of linen. Bondage was in Estonia abolished 1816, but still farmers were very poor and land was owned by landlords. But because of America and demand for linen, farmers gets enough money to buy from landlords land and farms. And this area become rich and successful. This made others little bit jealous and they started to call people and this area Mulgimaa 🙂
In Latvia means word- Mulk- ” silly” and in Estonia it means “hole”- in meaning that the all richness went in to the one hole…:)

I have been already wrote about Mulgimaa. Estonian hidden treats.

Mulgi- Mulgimaa is area  in South-Estonia, with own culture, traditions, food and dialect. korbid (plural “korbid”, singular “korp”)- curd or semolina filled buns are one of its famous signature dish. Mulgi Korbid filling and buns itself are not very sweet. But you can make sweet filling and add more sugar in dough, as well.

Traditionally Mulgi Korbid has  curd or semolina filling, but you can use potato filling, as well. This is perfect dish to made, when you made too much potato mash or bubert, and you have some leftovers.

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Estonian Traditional Curd filled Buns. Mulgi Korbid.

Estonian Traditional Curd filled Buns

  • Servings: 15-16 buns
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mulgi korbid

Ingredients

  • 0, 5 litre milk
  • 35 g yeast
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt,
  • 8 dl flour
  • Semolina filling or use Bubert recipe

  • 0, 6 litre milk
  • 0,5 glass of semolina
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg
  • salt, sugar
  • Boil a thick porridge from milk and semolina. Add butter, season with salt and sugar. Let cool down and add beaten egg.

    Curd/quark filling  look for home made quark recipe

  • 600 g quark
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • salt, sugar and caraway seeds
  • If mix is too fluid, add some semolina or flour

    Potato filling 

  • 700 g boiled and mashed potatoes
  • 2  beaten eggs
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • salt and caraway seeds
  • If mix is too fluid, add some semolina or flour
  • 1 egg for coating buns
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Quark Pudding. Kohupiimavorm

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Curd Casserole. Kohupiimavorm

14 th of March is Estonian Native Langue Day .

Estonian belongs to the Finnic branch of the Uralic language family. Finnish and Estonian  are very similar like  for example Italian and Spanish.
Estonian is secret language 🙂 because only ca 1 million people speak this natively.

The biggest difference is that Estonian do not have prepositions (if you reading my posts, you probably noticed, that this is the most complicated for me).
I am able to communicate in Russian, English and Finnish and I can tell you, that for saying the same idea, in Estonian this is the shortest, You need and use fewer words because you do not need prepositions 🙂

The second difference is that we do not have grammatical genders. She and He are both ” tema”. Foreigners asking often, how do you know  does in this written text man or woman. And we are asking back: WHY this is important ? Concentrate to the idea and content, not to the prejudices. And usually people has names:)

And, unlike the Romance language speakers, we do not know does table or tree is female or male.
Yes, we believe in that nature has the spirit. In Estonian are very much onomatopoeias. But what gender  has trees and stones. We do not care 🙂

But Estonian is not so easy. We have fourteen cases. And lot of vowels.
You can say, that you Estonian is fluent, if you are able to pronounce:
õunapuuõied, oaaed, Jüriööülestõus, jäääär, head aega.. 🙂
(apple tree blossoms, bean garden , St. George’s Night Uprising, the ice edge, good by)

For this day I present to you one very typical Estonian dessert.

Quark Pudding with Kissel

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Quark Pudding is typical Estonian Dessert.Serve with sour cream or kissel

Ingredients

  • 50 g melted butter + some butter to grease baking form and some butter on the top of dessert
  • 400 g quark/curd
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 dl semolina
  • 100 g sour cream
  • sugar and grated lemon peel
  • bread crumbs
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Estonian Secret: Kohuke. Chocolate Glazed Quark Snack

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Kohuke. Chocolate Glazed Quark Snack

Kohuke- chocolate glazed quark snack is very popular dessert for children breakfast. Estonians can buy from store tens of sorts Kohuke: with different flavours and fillings.
Because of quark, Kohuke is rich of protein and because of chocolate, it is energy bar:)

Lets do Kohuke at home as pop-cakes.

Kohuke. Chocolate Glazed Quark Snack

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Kohuke is typical Estonian breakfast dessert. Full of energy and protein.

Ingredients

  • ca 100 g quark ( ca 10 pcs Kohuke)
  • ca 100 g baking chocolate
  • sugar, vanilla…
  • you can add berries, chocolate, coconut…

Directions

  1. Put the quark in to the towel and squeeze as much you can, as dry you can. Quark must be very dry
  2. season dry quark. NB! do not add too much sugar, because chocolate is sweet, as well
  3. Roll small balls
  4. Melt chocolate in to the water bath or micro-oven. Add some cream , if necessary. Chocolate must be liquid and flowing
  5. Dip quark balls in to the chocolate and cover all sides.
  6. Let Kohuke dry and harden.
  7. Enjoy! Head isu!



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How To Do Homemade quark

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Estonian Quark. Kohupiim

t’s impossible to write a blog about Estonian food without talking about quark. To be honest, I’m not quite sure whether should I say ”quark”, ”curd” or ”fromage blanc”.

The quark in every country has a different acidity, texture and consistency due to the processing of the product.

Quark is not
.. riccota. ricotta. Ricotta is made from whey, which gives the cheese its specific taste and texture.
… cream cheese. Cream cheese is usually a salty soft product made from cream and milk. It has a different consistency, texture and acidity.  Usually in cream cheese has added salt
… mascarpone. Mascarpone is not fermented product. Protein is curdled with acid.

Estonian quark is fat-free, made from skimmed milk and mesophilic starter. The latter means that the quark is fermented at a low temperature.

If you have children, don’t hesitate to ask them to join the process. Making quark is fun and educating. You can learn a lot about food chemistry, cooking, health and fermentation!

 

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