Whipped farmers cheese, chia seeds and sweet plum compote is one of my favorite foods for breakfast or as a snack. Quark, as it’s called in Germany, beats Greek yogurt hands down. So what is quark? Well, quark is quark, and the best way to really find out what it is just make my recipe and enjoy. It’s wonderfully rich and has a nice refreshing tang that goes so well spread on a bagel or a sandwich. Quark is a milky sweet, creamy smooth rindless unripened cheese. I like to use it as a base for cheesecake, pastas, creamy sauces, sandwich spreads, salads and desserts. It’s impossible to find a true quark in stores, so I make my own. And FYI, it’s extremely easy to make.
The quark you find in local stores has very little to do with the quark you will find in Europe. The European quark is so much tastier.
Once you make whipped farmers cheese and taste it; I guarantee you will continue to make your own. Quark or whipped farmers cheese is a rich source of protein and it’s high in calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth. It also has vitamin A for eyesight, and vitamin B that supports the nervous system. As a bonus, my recipe is free of added sugar, fillers, starches and artificial ingredients. Think of it as a much creamier version of Greek yogurt, but not as tangy or sour, so more pleasant to eat.
Quark (pronounced “kvark” in German) is neither yogurt nor cottage cheese, but instead it has the consistency of a really milky, thick, sweet, creamy smooth yogurt. Quark can range from 1% to 40% fat; the rest is protein (80% of which is casein), calcium, and phosphate. Ounce for ounce, that’s double the protein of Greek yogurt. Quark contains very little salt compared to other cheeses. Just one of the reasons it’s a much healthier alternative to ricotta and cottage cheese.
I’m surprised it’s not more commonly used in hospitals as a nutritional supplement.
The plums in this tangy-sweet compote are rich in vitamin C. When I make quark, it’s always made the day before I serve it. It takes time for the quark to drain properly and reach the perfect consistency.
You can save the whey drained from the cheese for use in various baking preparations, in smoothies, or as a substitute for milk.
Another favorite way for me to enjoy quark is on a piece of freshly baked toasted bread topped with Fish Lake Organic Berry Patch jam. Simplicity at its best, with awesome flavor bringing back memories. When I was very young, my parents never allowed junk food and you always found quark in our refrigerator.
Fish Lake Organic Berry Patches is a certified organic farm located in Goshen, IN. Once you have sampled their organically grown, totally chemical free fruit jam, you’ll understand why they are so enthusiastic about their products. Fritz Miller, the farmer, can tell you which day the berries were harvested and the patch they came from. I like that kind of information, it shows the commitment to certified organic farming, meaning his prodcuts are free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, dyes, and nothing is processed using industrial solvents. Amish traditions meet organic certification at the Fish Lake Organic Berry Patch. You will find their products at the Goshen Farmers Market. The market is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm.