These Quark Mini Cheesecakes or German Käsekuchen are delightful and surprisingly easy desserts. Perfect for brunch, afternoon tea, or dinner guests. Topped with fresh seasonal berries, they are incredibly delicious.
My niece, who is living and teaching in Germany with her husband, recently asked me if I’d ever tried Quark. She had made and posted to Instagram a beautiful cheesecake she’d just made in her southern Germany kitchen. Armed with a raving review of Luisa Weiss’ Russischer Zupfkuchen, I was on a mission to find Quark.
It was a surprisingly easy mission. My neighborhood Seattle based Metropolitan Market was well stocked with quark. I also understand Whole Foods and Trader Joes carry it as well.
What is Quark?
Luisa Weiss explains, “Quark, a sour, fresh cheese that is often compared—erroneously, in my opinion—to ricotta, is essential to the German kitchen. Quark is sourer than ricotta and lighter, too, unless you are lucky enough to find a source for [the super thick] Sahnequark (cream Quark), in which case you should simply drizzle it with a little honey or fold in fresh berries, and dig in for a decadent treat.”
It’s also been described as, “a spoonable cheese from Germany that’s poised to be the next high-protein, low-calorie hotshot in US dairy aisles.”
Prevention Magazine says, “Like Greek yogurt, quark is ridiculously high in protein, packing up to 17 g or more per 6 ounces. It’s also just as high in good-for-you probiotics as the Greek stuff.”
Food Intolerance Network reports that quark is a great substitute cheese for those with lactose intolerance.