Hungarian dessert

Sweet quark cheese balls

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Sweet quark cheese balls are a very popular dish in Hungary that can often be found on restaurant menus. In Hungarian houses it is served both for lunch and for dessert. The basis of these sweet quark cheese balls is quark cheese, semolina and eggs. Balls are formed from the mass, which once cooked, are served with an addition of sour cream and icing sugar.

A few times I came across cheese balls that were prepared without sugar and lemon addition. These types of balls were usually served with a sauce that contained meat or fish.

These quark cheese balls are soft on the inside, with a crispy breadcrumb sprinkle on the outside, they taste delicious. They are an ideal option when you want to make a cheap dinner, lunch or dessert. If you haven’t tried this dish yet, I recommend the following recipe for sweet quark cheese balls.

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Hungarian dessert
Quark cheese balls

Ingredients for sweet quark cheese balls.

  • 500 g quark cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • 70 g semolina
  • 2 big eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  • 100 g breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • icing sugar
  • sour cream
  • optional – cherries from compote

How to make sweet quark cheese balls.

Put the cheese into a bowl, mash it with a fork and add beaten eggs, icing sugar, salt, grated lemon zest and semolina to it. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly, then cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Once removed from the fridge, form balls from the mass. Place your hands in cold water, scoop up the cheese mass and form balls with a diameter of about 3-4 centimetres each.

Pour some water into a large pot and bring it to a boil. Next, reduce the heat and put in the quark cheese balls. The balls should float to the surface of the water, and from that moment cook them over a very low heat for about 8 minutes. Remove the balls into a colander to drain them from the water, then take them out and coat each one in breadcrumbs fried with butter.

To prepare the fried breadcrumbs, put butter into a frying pan, add the breadcrumbs and fry over a low heat until they are lightly browned.

Serve the sweet quark cheese balls coated in breadcrumbs, sprinkled with icing sugar and drizzled with sour cream. Optionally, you can also use fruit from compote as an addition.

Hungarian dessert
Quark cheese balls

Good to know when making sweet quark cheese balls.

After putting the sweet quark cheese balls in the water, it is important to make them float over a low heat. If the balls boil too intensively, they may fall apart. When cooking, do not stir the balls with a spoon.

Do you like dishes made with quark cheese? If so, try our recipe for Quark cheese cakes.

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