Quark (Homemade Cheese) Recipe
Quark, a German homestyle cheese, is easy to make at home with just buttermilk and milk.
Homemade quark, a creamy German cheese, is easy to make at home using 2 simple ingredients.
I fell in love with Quark on a recent trip to Germany. Not being able to buy it here at home, I set out to learn how to make it on my own. This recipe turned out perfect. It tastes exactly like what I had in Germany. I will be making this again and again.
Made this cheese according to directions. After the recommended time, I strained the thickened liquid but almost all drained through the cheesecloth. I've made cheese before so I thought it should at least have some solidity when draining the whey through the cheesecloth. I then left the mixture for two days at room temperature; then strained it through the cheesecloth and that did the trick! The taste is kind of bland so I added a little salt for flavor. Now it tastes like soft cheese - great on crackers with toppings like fruit or herbs. So I rated it four stars for taste and texture but only after doing my own thing.
I am German, living in the US, and I was very excited to try this. I left it on the counter over night, and in the fridge all day. What I ended up with is sour cream. I followed the recipe exactly. So now here's my dilemma, how do I rate it? If I judge it as Quark, it's a complete failure and zero stars. If I judge it as sour cream, it gets a solid 4 stars, it's very good. Although I was not able to make Quark, I now know how to make my own sour cream. Not a total loss there.
This recipe worked great with the only modification being that I had to let it stand longer after adding buttermilk. I live in cold climate and my buttermilk and milk mixture took two days to solidify properly. Also, make sure to drain off whey long enough to get authentic quark flavor and texture. Now I can be transported back to great memories of my childhood in Germany! Thank you for this recipe. I am already making my second batch.
Making cheese at home is incredibly easy and requires only a few ingredients and no specialized equipment. Turns out, subtle variations on a pretty basic theme produce all kinds of wonderful homemade cheeses.
A quick and easy breakfast, syrniki are traditional Russian cheese pancakes that use quark or tvorog (farmer's) cheese for extra creaminess.