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What do with Quark?

eeblet May 23, 2008 10:37 PM

Even worse - what to do with vanilla bean quark & lemon quark? Initial research reveals cheesecake recipes (I need cheesecake like a hole in my foot) and complicated pastries... Am I outta luck if I'm lazy?

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    adventuresinbaking May 27, 2008 08:19 AM

    How about filling a tart shell with the quark whipped with a little sugar and topped with fresh strawberries or other fruit?

    1. littlegreenpea May 25, 2008 10:32 PM

      Did you use it yet? I actually *just* posted a recipe on my blog for a lemon-fromage blanc (quark) ice cream. It was insanely good! It's quite easy to make, though by no means healthy. And if you don't have an ice cream maker, you could always make a lemon tart (which is what actually inspired my ice cream).

      Let me know if you want further details.

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      1. re: littlegreenpea
        eeblet May 25, 2008 11:16 PM

        Ooh, I do want further details! I've not yet used my quark - my weekend consisted of lots and lots of work, no time for cooking.

        1. re: eeblet
          littlegreenpea May 26, 2008 09:29 AM

          No prob! Here's the original recipe for the lemon-fromage blanc tart:
          http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.waverman10/BNStory/lifeFoodWine/home

          I essentially just took the custard from this tart recipe and, with a few slight modifications, turned it into an ice cream. When I took the custard out of the fridge after chilling overnight (just before churning it), it was definitely thicker than the average ice cream base -- so don't let that concern you. I just threw it into the ice cream maker and it turned out perfectly. Enjoy!
          Here's my gloss on the ice cream, with further recipe details:
          http://www.gastereas-table.com/2008/0...

          As for the vanilla quark? You could just serve it alongside a fruit and nut plate, or incorporate it into some sort of vanilla ice cream. As for savory, I wonder if you could use it in stuffed baked chicken breasts, with rosemary maybe?

          1. re: littlegreenpea
            eeblet May 26, 2008 04:05 PM

            Wow, thanks for the links - that looks gorgeous. ...But if my life keeps up like it is, I may just give my lemon quark and your recipe to a motivated friend. :)

            1. re: eeblet
              choctastic May 26, 2008 05:53 PM

              Maybe you could just throw the quark into the ice cream machine without making a custard. Makes great soft serve and it's easy.

              1. re: choctastic
                littlegreenpea May 26, 2008 07:28 PM

                Choctastic: Just the quark as is? Maybe mix it with some whipping cream and sugar on the stove first? That would still get one out of making custard when pressed for time.

              2. re: eeblet
                littlegreenpea May 26, 2008 07:26 PM

                eeblet: Not a problem. There's always next time!

        2. roxlet May 24, 2008 08:25 AM

          A friend from Germany was disconsolate since she was unable to find quark here. She says that the cheesecake it makes is unsurpassed...

          1. The Dairy Queen May 24, 2008 05:12 AM

            The current "Dessert Cookbook of the Month" Alice Medrich's "Pure Dessert" has a recipe for quark souffle that sounds delicious that I was going to recommend until I saw your last comment about feeling too lazy to do something elaborate. Still, it sounds delicious to me (and, as dessert recipes go, not that complicated): http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/ild...

            ~TDQ

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            1. re: The Dairy Queen
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              jsaimd May 24, 2008 07:42 AM

              The quark souffle is the easiest souffle I have ever made. The most complicated part is separating the eggs whipping up the egg whites. You just mix the quark and the yolks flour and sugar, and fold in the egg whites. It is super easy.

              I also just love quark spread on crepes, or even just waffles. Or eating it with a spoon.

              1. re: jsaimd
                eeblet May 24, 2008 03:06 PM

                OK, maybe I should stop being so lazy and make that souffle. ;)

                1. re: eeblet
                  linguafood May 24, 2008 03:37 PM

                  Too bad it's already flavored. You can make a fabulous bread spread or a dip-like thing for potatoes with scallions, onions, s&p --

                  The vanilla quark might be nice with fresh strawberries. And much less involved than a soufflé '-)

                  1. re: linguafood
                    Caitlin McGrath May 24, 2008 04:53 PM

                    Lemon quark is wonderful with berries, or spread on toast for breakfast.

            2. nofunlatte May 24, 2008 04:47 AM

              Why not mix in some granola and eat it for breakfast?

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