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May 5, 2010 11:50 AM

Quark = curd?

I want to make a rhubarb cheesecake with a German recipe - the ingredients include Quark, which I am not sure I can get in US (Los Angeles). Any ideas where to look for it, or how to substitute it? thanks!

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  1. Quark is available at Wegmans in the cheese/dairy shelf section. As I'm not a baker at all, I unfortunately can't tell you if you can substitute something else.

    Quark is probably closest to sour cream, but denser. I've had so many Americans ask me what exactly it is, and, much to my embarrassment, I can only reply with the rather general "it's a dairy product."

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    1. re: linguafood

      I'd say it's somewhere between farmers cheese and sour cream.

    2. You could substitute cream cheese or marscapone; I'd use whatever the amount of cream cheese for the quark + some cream as it seems quark is looser in texture. I've never seen it in my neck of the woods (NC) but here's some info on the product:

      1. you can find the Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. quark at Whole Foods. also check Gelson's and Bristol Farms for the product from Appel Farms - there's a good chance one of them will have it.

        1. thanks all for replying...a friend just told me I can also get some here:
          German Cold Cuts International
          6019 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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          1. re: circe0723

            Oh, oops, I didn't see this...looks like you have lots of options. I'm jealous. It's harder to find in the Land of Steady Habits. If you do find Spring Hill's product, try their lemon quark. It's quite delicious!

          2. Hi there,
            Closer to home for you is the Spring Hill Cheese Company (Petaluma, CA). I only learned of quark from sampling it at a farmers' market in CA when I visited.

            I see you can find it at Albertsons and you might contact them to see if there's a farmers' market near you if that's more convenient.

            I would love your rhubarb cheesecake recipe when you have a moment to post it. :)

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            1. re: kattyeyes

              ooh, thanks for this - i'll have to keep an eye out for the Spring Hill at my markets here in SD. i've only ever seen the Vermont & Appel products, probably because i don't typically shop at Albertsons!

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Spring Hill sells at my local farmers' markets, and I enjoy their lemon and garlic quarks, as well as plain (and pumpkin in the fall). Interestingly, this is a much leaner product than cream cheese (and especially than mascarpone!). The Spring Hill folks say they make it with the whey left from their cheese making, so it is actually both low in fat and high in protein, though I don't know the stats as they don't have nutrition labeling on the tubs they sell at the FM. All that said, I'm not as happy with their product at the moment - I think they've changed the formula, as the texture isn't as creamy as it used to be.

                For those who can't find quark, fromage blanc or fromage frais would be a good sub. Vermont Butter & Cheese makes a good fromage blanc that's sold many places, if their quark is not.

                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  I've discovered that if I leave the Spring Hill quark out at room temp for a while, it softens up and becomes much more creamy and spreadable. The lemon and vanilla bean varieties are great with all the berries coming into season, and the garlic is great mixed with Greek yogurt to become a dip for veggies. Stirred into hot pasta, it makes an instant creamy sauce.

                2. re: kattyeyes

                  katty, i just had to tell you that i stumbled upon the Spring Hill stall at my local farmers' market yesterday. had it not been for your recommendation i probably wouldn't have bothered to spend much time talking to her or tasting, but as soon as i saw the sign with the name on it, i remembered this thread! she was out of quark, but the goat cheeses - feta, garlic cheddar, dry jack - were AMAZING, and it turns out my local natural foods store carries their aged cheeses. thanks so much for the tip :)

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I am so happy to read this, ghg! Have some for me! ;)