January 27, 2012

Walnut Cheese Strudel


Walnut Cheese Strudel

Make 2 rolled strudels

2 eggs
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted, room temperature
1 cup farmer's cheese (you can substitute on ricotta cheese)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 or 2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Filling
2 cups freshly ground walnuts (finely)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted, room temperature

First of all, I would like to mentioned a couple useful links for those who like to make a farmer's cheese and ricotta cheese at home.

How to make farmer's cheese at home
http://yulinkacooks.blogspot.com/2006/04/how-to-make-tvorog-farmers-cheese.html
http://cuceesprouts.com/2011/04/homemade-farmers-cheese/

How to make ricotta cheese at home
http://eatartword.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/milky-white-ricotta/
This is pastry dough that is quick to make and easy to roll out. The pastry can be made in a food processor, electric mixer, or by hand.
Blend eggs, butter and farmer's cheese in a food processor until smooth. In a small bowl mix sugar, salt, baking powder and 2 cups of flour. Add flour mixture to a food processor and pulse, just until the dough forms. If you need, add more flour. Amount of flour depends how wet is farmer's or ricotta cheese. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes on the table.
Meanwhile prepare a filling. In a bowl mix together walnuts, sugar and butter.
Preheat Oven to 350F
Divide into 2 portions and roll each out into 13x11-inch rectangle, spread with filling and roll up like Jelly Roll.
Place it on baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30-45 min until golden brown. Remove, completely cool and dust it with powdered sugar.Cut into slices and get ready for a heavenly experience.

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