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Cottage Cheese Pastry Recipe

Using a well-loved fresh yeast dough to carry some vanilla soaked cottage cheese to the next level. Sprinkled with raisins to get the party really started!

Cottage-cheese-pastry-1-SunCakeMomCottage cheese is a highly undervalued thus fairly unknown ingredient of the dairy industry. While many athletes regard it in high esteem due to its pure protein content, it goes unnoticed for the larger population.

Except, of course in some obscure European countries where cottage cheese is the main part of traditional recipes thus not only part of the daily life but an organic tile of national pride.

Not as the U.S. were unfamiliar to cottage cheese as a whole. During the First World War it was widely promoted as a cheap alternative to meat. A pound of cottage cheese contains more protein than any of the widely consumed meats.Cottage-cheese-pastry-4-SunCakeMom

The consumption of cottage cheese was peaked during the 70’s and since then it’s dwindling down year after year despite all the efforts of athletes and healthy conscious consumers. It’s pretty much a wonder how the keto community haven’t picked it up yet and placed right next to the pedestal of avocados.

Cottage cheese is a fresh cheese curd product with a mild flavor. As it isn’t aged, it’s free of the typical strong flavors of cured cheeses. It’s a quite bland tasting food apart from the mild acidic flavor that comes from the naturally presenting lactic acid.

There is a myriad of dished that can be made of cottage cheese. A slight variation of the ingredients can bring a completely different dish to the table making friends or enemies in the process.

As an example, pasta can be served with cottage cheese either by stir frying it with smoked bacon or just plainly topping the pasta with sour cream and some sweetener like honey or raisins.

To complicate matters more, there is a dessert that takes the sweet-sour cream and cottage cheese pasta on to the next level by baking it between two sheets of puff pastry. Some just can’t get enough of cottage cheese, it seems…

We aren’t going to complicate matters too much here. This recipe will only use some well-known fresh yeast dough to carry the filling.

To give a bit of excitement to the pastry, we mix the cottage cheese with vanilla custard that smoothens the acidic nature of the cheese. Optional raisins or dried fruits can also be added which provide additional excitement upon finding them every now and then.

Packing up the filling can be done by completely closing the dough or leaving the pastry open along the edges like it is done with the filo or phyllo dough allowing us a peak into the excitement of flavors.

When it’s done let it cool down a bit for at least 20 minutes as the hot filling doesn’t offer the best of its flavors especially not if we burn our tongues with it.

The best news is that even the pastry is not the least labor-intensive piece of treat to make, we can freeze the leftover without any problems. Popping it into the microwave for a couple of seconds will quickly heat it up without any considerable loss to texture or flavors making it perfect for quick desserts or even for a cheat day breakfast.Cottage-cheese-pastry-3-SunCakeMom

Ingredients:

Pastry:

  • 1 cup / 250ml Milk
  • 5g Fresh yeast
  • 5 cup / 600g Flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 7 tablespoon / 100g Butter (room temperature)
  • 1 Egg for eggwash

Cottage cheese filling:

  • 17 oz / 500g Cottage cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon Honey or sweetener of choice
  • ½ cup / 100g Raisins
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoon Corn starch
  • 1¼cup / 300ml Milk

How to make:

  1. Dissolve yeast in a cup of lukewarm milk. If proofing the yeast is needed put some honey into the cup as well and wait if it gets foamy. For more information on baking with yeast check the Knowledgebase.Milk-fresh-yeast-gp-SunCakeMom
  2. Mix together flour, eggs and butter until combined.
  3. Pour the yeast-milk combo into the bowl too. Knead on from slow to medium speed using dough hook until dough is smooth and starts to pull away from edges of bowl. Dough will be soft but don’t be surprised if it’s sticky.
  4. Transfer it to a large bowl that has been floured previously. Cover it and leave the bowl in a warm place for 45 minutes.Freash-yeast-dough-before-raising-gp-SunCakeMom
  5. After 45 minutes start working with it.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-5-SunCakeMom

Filling:

  1. Put cornstarch, vanilla and honey or sweetener of choice into a small cup with 3-5 tablespoons of milk to mix.
  2. Pour the rest of the milk into a small saucepan and put it on the cooktop to warm it up.
  3. Pour the vanilla, cornstarch mixture into the milk and stir it constantly whilst it’s warming until it gets bubbly.
  4. Then take it off the heat and let it cool a bit.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-1-SunCakeMom
  5. Mix raisins into it as well.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-3-SunCakeMom
  6. Finally add cottage cheese too.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-4-SunCakeMom
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  8. When dough is ready, turn it out onto floured surface and roll it into a square.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-6-SunCakeMom
  9. Cut dough into 4 strips then more or less 3″x3″ / 10cm x 10cm squares.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-7-SunCakeMom
  10. Put filling in the middle of each squares.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-8-SunCakeMom
  11. Lift opposite corners and stick them together like making a bag out of the dough or wrapping a present.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-12-SunCakeMom  Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-13-SunCakeMom
  12. The sides can be closed if desired but this step is optional.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-11-SunCakeMom
  13. Place little bags onto a tray. Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-15-SunCakeMom
  14. Brush the top of the pastry with egg wash.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-16-SunCakeMom
  15. Leave the tray in a warm place for another 15 minutes where the dough can rest and raise a bit more.
  16. Put tray into the preheated oven for about half an hour or until the top is golden brown.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-17-SunCakeMom

Enjoy!Cottage-cheese-pastry-2-SunCakeMom

5 from 2 votes
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Cottage Cheese Pastry
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
 
Using a well-loved fresh yeast dough to carry some vanilla soaked cottage cheese to the next level. Sprinkled with raisins to get the party really started!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Sugar free recipe
Author: Edi Baker - SunCakeMom
Ingredients
  • Pastry:
  • 1 cup / 250ml Milk
  • 5 g Fresh yeast
  • 5 cup / 600g Flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 7 tablespoon / 100g Butter room temperature
  • 1 Egg for eggwash
  • Cottage cheese filling:
  • 17 oz / 500g Cottage cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon Honey or sweetener of choice
  • ½ cup / 100g Raisins
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoon Corn starch
  • cup / 300ml Milk
Instructions
Dough
  1. Dissolve yeast in a cup of lukewarm milk. If proofing the yeast is needed put some honey into the cup as well and wait if it gets foamy. For more information on baking with yeast check the Knowledgebase.
  2. Mix together flour, eggs and butter until combined.
  3. Pour the yeast-milk combo into the bowl too. Knead on from slow to medium speed using dough hook until dough is smooth and starts to pull away from edges of bowl. Dough will be soft but don't be surprised if it's sticky.
  4. Transfer it to a large bowl that has been floured previously. Cover it and leave the bowl in a warm place for 45 minutes.
  5. After 45 minutes start working with it.
Filling
  1. Put cornstarch, vanilla and honey or sweetener of choice into a small cup with 3-5 tablespoons of milk to mix.
  2. Pour the rest of the milk into a small saucepan and put it on the cooktop to warm it up.
  3. Pour the vanilla, cornstarch mixture into the milk and stir it constantly whilst it's warming until it gets bubbly.
  4. Then take it off the heat and let it cool a bit.
  5. Mix raisins into it as well.
  6. Finally add cottage cheese too.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
Assembly
  1. When dough is ready, turn it out onto floured surface and roll it into a square.
  2. Cut dough into 4 strips then more or less 3"x3" / 10cm x 10cm squares.
  3. Put filling in the middle of each squares.
  4. Lift opposite corners and stick them together like making a bag out of the dough or wrapping a present.
  5. The sides can be closed if desired but this step is optional.
  6. Place little bags onto a tray.
  7. Brush the top of the pastry with egg wash.
  8. Leave the tray in a warm place for another 15 minutes where the dough can rest and raise a bit more.
  9. Put tray into the preheated oven for about half an hour or until the top is golden brown.

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Edi Baker - SunCakeMom

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