Fat Thursday is the day of the year when diet becomes a secondary concern and donuts, faworki or quark cheese rings come to the foreground.
Since Fat Thursday is only once a year, you need to enjoy it properly and try having as many Fat Thursday treats as possible. If this day was more times in a year than once, many of us would gain weight.
Of course, you can bake donuts or faworki during the whole year, whenever you feel like having some. Lots of people, however, just dig up the recipes for these sweet delicacies right before Fat Thursday, and prepare them at home.
I make quark cheese rings several times a year, but not excessively. This year, maybe I baked them two or three times. For me, Fat Thursday is always the perfect opportunity to re-use the recipe and make these cheesy sweets again.
Ingredients for quark cheese ring.
- 250 g minced quark cheese
- 250 g all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting the pastry
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 2 egg yolks
- 100 g sour cream
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- icing sugar for sprinkling the rings
- sunflower oil for frying
How to make quark cheese sweet ring.
Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add the quark cheese, egg yolks, baking powder, vinegar, vanilla extract and cream. Knead the ingredients until they combine well. Wrap the finished dough in cling film and set aside for 30 minutes in the fridge.
After that, roll out the dough. The thickness to which the dough should be rolled out depends on you, I rolled it out to a thickness of 4 millimetres. You can make trials with different thicknesses of the dough, fry the test quark cheese rings and based on how they turn out, decide how thick rings you want to have in the whole batch.
Cut bigger circles from the rolled out dough with a glass. Cut out a small hole in the center of each circle with a smaller glass.
Heat up oil in a pot. There should be enough oil so that the quark cheese rings float freely in it. When the oil is hot enough, put in the quark cheese rings. I always put them in such a way I am holding them in my palm, then turn them upside down as I am putting them on.
Fry the quark cheese rings on a medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
Place the quark cheese rings on a paper towel to drain the excess oil, then sprinkle them with icing sugar.
Good to know when making sweet quark cheese rings.
It is very important for the cheese you use for making the rings to have a smooth texture. If the cheese has lumps in it, the same lumps will later be found in the dough for the rings and in the rings themselves.
You can replace the vanilla extract with vanilla sugar.
Fry the quark cheese rings over a medium heat with a tendency to low. It is important that the rings do not burn, and that they are nicely risen and baked inside.
Do you like dessert made with quark cheese? If so, try our recipe for Quark cheese and puff rice dessert.