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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Happy happy first Wednesday Cake Day of 2018! Ready for something totally delicious and very foreign?

As most of you already know, my Balazs is Hungarian and one of his all time favourite Hungarian desserts is túrógombóc, aka cottage cheese balls that are traditionally served with sweetened sour cream, but he makes it with homemade raspberry sauce instead.

The sweet cottage cheese combined with the crunchy sourness of raspberries makes for a truly warming flavour combination that feels light, fresh and comforting at the same time. What makes this dessert even more special is that we always eat it warm during the winter...

So if you fancy trying something new this week, that takes no effort at all and just a few simple ingredients, make those cheese balls and you won't be sorry... :)

Túrógombóc aka Cottage Cheese Balls with Raspberry Sauce 
(Recipe by Balazs. Makes about 7-9 balls, depending on the size)

- 250 grams (8.8 oz) cottage cheese
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- a bit of vanilla pod or vanilla extract (it's up to you)
- 1 tablespoon of butter and a dash more for breadcrumb roasting
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons Semolina
- 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs

For the raspberry sauce:
- 125 grams (4.4 oz) frozen raspberries
- 8 teaspoons of brown sugar

Start by softening and putting apart the cheese using a fork.

Combine the soften cheese with 2 egg yolks, salt and maple syrup. Next add the Semolina and the butter and mix well, till properly combined.

Separately, using a hand mixer, whisk the egg whites.

Fold in the egg whites into the cheese mix. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it chill for at least one hour in the fridge.

After that, take the mix out of the fridge, bring to boil a large pot of water and roll small balls from the mix.

(Top tip: the mix will be very loose, sticky and runny so don't be discouraged. It should be exactly like that. Just make sure to wet your hands each time you roll a new ball. As soon as you drop one into the boiling water, wet your hands again and roll the next one).

Drop them all into the pot of boiling water and let them boil for 10 minutes. About 5 minutes into it they will start to float on top of the water - that is a good sign!

In the meantime, place a dash of butter into a frying pan. Let the butter melt, then add the breadcrumbs. Fry them for 3-5 minutes, mixing it constantly until brown.

When the cheese balls are ready, gently take them out of the boiling water and place them on a plate for a minute or two, so they can dry a bit.

Next, roll each ball in the fried breadcrumbs or as Balazs does it, sprinkle each ball with a good amount of fried breadcrumbs and set them aside.

Lastly, place the raspberries and the brown sugar into a small cooking pot and cook for a couple of minutes while mixing occasionally, until the sugar dissolve and the berries fall apart.

Eat your cheese balls with a hearty drizzle of the raspberry sauce. Best eaten the same day and still warm. Ta-dah!

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Anonymous said...

what a great dessert

Unknown said...

Oh....I like túrógombóc😉 its very delicious. Im not hungarian, Im from Slovakia but I know this recipe. Here it's called Tvarohové knedličky...the meaning is the same😉 I can speak hungarian so it was funny to see the word túrógombóc on your blog😃

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