Cottage Cheese Pastry Recipe

Searching for a way to take cottage cheese to the next level? Add vanilla, sprinkle raisins to get the party really started!

Cottage 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

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

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 Cottage cheese pastry

Dough

  1. In a kneading bowl measure flour, butter, eggs, milk and crumbled fresh yeast.Flour-butter-yeast-egg-milk-gp-SunCakeMom
  2. Mix together until combined.Flour-butter-yeast-egg-milk-dough-gp-SunCakeMom
  3. Transfer it to a 68°F – 81°F /20°C  – 27°C place where it can raise undisturbed for 45 – 90 minutes depending on the temperature.Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  4. When it doubles start working with it.Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom

Filling

  1. Mix cornstarch, vanilla and honey or sweetener of choice in a small cup with 3-5 tablespoons of milk.
  2. Pour the rest of the milk into a small saucepan and warm it up. Pour the vanilla, cornstarch mixture into the milk and stir it constantly whilst it’s warming until it gets bubbly.
  3. Then take it off the heat and let it cool a bit.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-1-SunCakeMom
  4. Mix raisins into it as well.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-3-SunCakeMom
  5. Finally add cottage cheese too.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-4-SunCakeMom

Assembly

  1. When dough is ready, turn it out onto floured surface and roll it into a square.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-6-SunCakeMom
  2. Cut dough into 4 strips then more or less 3″x3″ / 10cm x 10cm squares.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-7-SunCakeMom
  3. Put filling in the middle of each squares.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-8-SunCakeMom
  4. Lift opposite corners.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-12-SunCakeMom
  5. Stick them together like making a bag out of the dough.  Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-13-SunCakeMom
  6. The sides can be closed if desired but this step is optional.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-11-SunCakeMom
  7. Place little bags onto a tray then leave the tray in a 68°F – 81°F /20°C  – 27°C place for another 15 – 30 minutes where the dough can rest and raise a bit more.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-15-SunCakeMom
  8. Brush the top of the pastry with a beaten egg yolk.Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-16-SunCakeMom
  9. Put tray into the 350°F / 180°C 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

Cottage cheese is as strange as ingredient as good. It’s like a wild horse that needs taming to be our best companion:

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Cottage Cheese Pastry

Searching for a way to take cottage cheese to the next level? Add vanilla, sprinkle raisins to get the party really started!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 16
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Pastry
  • 5 cup / 600g Flour
  • 7 tablespoon / 100g Butter room temperature
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup / 250ml Milk
  • 0.2 oz / 5g Fresh yeast
  • 1 Egg yolk for egg wash
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

  • In a kneading bowl measure flour, butter, eggs, milk and crumbled fresh yeast.
    Flour-butter-yeast-egg-milk-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Mix together until combined.
    Flour-butter-yeast-egg-milk-dough-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Transfer it to a 68°F – 81°F /20°C – 27°C place where it can raise undisturbed for 45 - 90 minutes depending on the temperature.
    Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  • When it doubles start working with it.
    Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom

Filling

  • Mix cornstarch, vanilla and honey or sweetener of choice in a small cup with 3-5 tablespoons of milk.
  • Pour the rest of the milk into a small saucepan and warm it up. Pour the vanilla, cornstarch mixture into the milk and stir it constantly whilst it's warming until it gets bubbly. Then take it off the heat and let it cool a bit.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-1-SunCakeMom
  • Mix raisins into it as well.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-3-SunCakeMom
  • Finally add cottage cheese too.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-4-SunCakeMom

Assembly

  • When dough is ready, turn it out onto floured surface and roll it into a square.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-6-SunCakeMom
  • Cut dough into 4 strips then more or less 3"x3" / 10cm x 10cm squares.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-7-SunCakeMom
  • Put filling in the middle of each squares.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-8-SunCakeMom
  • Lift opposite corners.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-12-SunCakeMom
  • Stick them together like making a bag out of the dough.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-13-SunCakeMom
  • The sides can be closed if desired but this step is optional.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-11-SunCakeMom
  • Place little bags onto a tray then leave the tray in a 68°F – 81°F /20°C – 27°C place for another 15 - 30 minutes where the dough can rest and raise a bit more.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-15-SunCakeMom
  • Brush the top of the pastry with a beaten egg yolk.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-16-SunCakeMom
  • Put tray into the 350°F / 180°C preheated oven for about half an hour or until the top is golden brown.
    Cottage-cheese-pastry-Process-17-SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!

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