CHEESE

Quark-Red Velvet Trifle (with Quark DIY)

Homemade Quark Cheese

Homemade Quark Cheese. This was a trial batch, hence the tiny quantity

Who’d have ever thought cheese could be made at home? And thanks to that one ingredient, a whole lot of desserts were within reach. Yes, cheese is easily available off the supermarket shelves these days in India. I’m not just talking about cheese spreads or block mozzarella here. I’m talking about soft cheeses like cream cheese, mascarpone, ricotta, quark etc. While these are available in conveniently-sized 200 gm and 400 gm plastic tubs, they cost a bomb! But these can be all yours for much less if you take some effort and a few hours of time snatched from here and there over a few days.

I first experimented with mascarpone sometime last year and was delighted to be able to make cheese as good (or shall I say better?) than store-bought ones. Next came ricotta. That too turned out beautiful. Now I regularly make mascarpone and ricotta, as well as cream cheese at home for various bakes and desserts that I prepare on order at Lotsa Lavender.

Quark & Red Velvet Trifle

Quark & Red Velvet Trifle

I was also dying to make quark for a really long time. I’d not come across many desserts that called for quark, probably because it is quite sour. But then the pictures of this cheese as well as some bakes on PAB were too tempting! I finally tried my hand at quark last week. It was a glorious rain-drenched evening when i pulled the freshly-made cheese out of the refrigerator. It was somewhat similar to cream cheese, but more sour.

While a chocolate-based dessert using quark playing on my mind, I ended up making something that was a cross between a trifle pudding and a full-on red velvet cake. I love small single serves and that’s how I served the Quark & Red Velvet Trifle. I reserved one for the picture, which I later gave to my 6-year-old nephew. He ate it quickly and ran off to play without saying a word. Just as I was thinking this dessert was probably more suited to adult palates, he ran back into the kitchen to say “Chitti, the cake and cream cup was very tasty,” before running out to play again.

Red Velvet Trifle with Homemade Quark Cheese

Red Velvet Trifle with Homemade Quark Cheese

I also have a potato-quark salad and savoury pie lined up, but that’s reserved for later!

QUARK CHEESE

Adapted from Passionate About Baking

Ingredients:

Milk – 3.5 cups (see Note 1)

Cultured buttermilk – ½ cup (I used ¼ cup curd + ¼ cup water, well blended)

Method:

Bring the milk to a boil and let it cool completely

Add buttermilk and mix

Let it rest undisturbed for 24 hours in a warm corner of the kitchen

One full day later, line a sieve with cheesecloth (or a thin kitchen towel). Place this on a bowl with at least ½-ltr capacity to collect the drained whey water

Pour the curds into the lined sieve and secure. Pull the edges together and twist it up or secure with a rubber band

Place the entire apparatus in the refrigerator for 24 hours

Remove the cheese from the cheesecloth and keep refrigerated in an airtight container. Us eth whey water for making chapatti/roti/piranha or bread dough

Notes:

Recipe calls for full fat milk. I used standardised toned milk that has 3% fat plus ¼ cup of fresh top milk cream (malai) that I normally save up.

This was a trial version. But  the quark had not drained enough and I got a runny filling

This was a trial version. But the quark had not drained enough and I got a runny filling

QUARK-Red Velvet Layer Dessert

(Makes 6 small individual servings)

Ingredients:

Microwave Red velvet cupcakes – 4

Quark cheese – ¼ cup

Whipped cream – ¼ cup

Icing sugar – 4-6 tbsp. (adjust to taste)

Dried cranberries – 1 tbsp

Mini chocolate chips – 2 tbsp + 1 tsp (for garnish)

Disposable single-serve cups in any shape or small glass bowls

Method:

Cut each cupcake into 3 layers

Place 1 layer at the bottom of each cup

Beat cheese with a spoon and fold in whipped cream and icing sugar

Add dried cranberries and chocolate chips

Spoon a bit of the cheese mixture on top of the cake layer

Place another layer of cake

Spoon some more cheese mixture and garnish with chocolate chips

Chill for some time and serve

PS: I also added some crumbled red velvet cake along the border

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Quark Cheese

Quark Cheese

This post is for the A-Z series Blogging Marathon for the month of Sept. Alphabet – Q, Theme – Misc. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32

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19 thoughts on “Quark-Red Velvet Trifle (with Quark DIY)

  1. Nandini that looks amazing. I love this dessert. I agree with you completely, should try to make everything at home from scratch. They ll save a fortune!

  2. Nandini I have to say you are a very hard working young girl..with a small baby you are doing amazing work. Kudos..a big pat and hug..love the dessert and the home made cheese.I have yet to taste this cheese and know where and how to use it…

  3. Your dessert looks amazing. I had absolutely no idea what Quark was till I googled.
    Hats off to you.
    I am going to try making these cheese at home the proper way sometime soon.

  4. Very similar to paneer right, does sitting for 24 hrs make it fermented and that’s why its called quark?…does the texture resemble paneer as well. you know I wasn’t able to differentiate much between ricotta and paneer..maybe should try it again…So should make quark and check it out..the desserts look so good Nandini..thanks for the details..

  5. Thats an extremely delicious and elegant trifle, quark cheese is quite cheaper here hence i dont make at home, loved the way to prepared ur quark cheese at home..Fantastic job Nandini.

  6. This is so new to me Nandini.Sounds so easy and definitely light on the pocket too! Will be making this for sure.And the trifle looks so good.Love your plate too 🙂

  7. I have seen this in PAB, but never thought of making it at home. Quark is quite tangy and its almost a punishment having it…but here u have paired it with a cake and may be its a good combination..Will try cheese making sometime..

  8. so mascarpone is something i have made often and then i make chakka which is used for shrikhand, interestingly very similar to the way you have made the quark cheese, loved the way you have used it

  9. Appreciate your patience!! even I also love making home made mascarpone and ricotta// so much more tasty than the store bought ones.. and this quark is new to me and looks very delicious and finger licking good… bookmarked!!

    Sowmya

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