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What is quark?
Whilst it has been around since the 14th century especially in Germany and Eastern Europe it has become more popular over recent years with people following low-fat diets.
It is high in protein and very low in fat. It is very versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes from dips to main meals and even in desserts! Flavoured options are also now available but they are not all quite as low in calories.
Here I have compiled a selection of some recipes using this low-fat cream cheese which I am sure you will love, some are in blog posts with other recipes you will love too.
Savoury Quark recipes – Snacks or starters
Mushroom Pate – quick and easy to make with lots of mushrooms.
“Sour Cream” – not quite sour cream but much healthier.
Savoury Quark recipes – main meals
Creamy Cheese and Ham fusilli pasta bake – popular with kids this is creamy and healthy too.
Sweet Quark recipes – including quark cheesecake
Blueberry and vanilla semifreddo – easy to make and stores well in the freezer for those days you need something sweet.
Vanilla Baked Cheesecake – Tasty and naughty but still quite low in calories.
Strawberries and Cream (sweetened Quark) – simply sweeten quark and enjoy as you would strawberries and clotted cream.
Carrot Cake – this is low syn but tastes as good as the shop ones! Honestly, I promise you will love this one so do give it a try.
Coffee and chocolate cheesecake – A low syn cheesecake with no base but still tasty.
Bailey’s Cheesecake – Amazing, nothing more needs to be said!
Tips using quark
Using it for a cheese sauce
This could also be used to make a cheese sauce for pasta but I prefer missing it with a small amount of stock to make a sauce. Which do you prefer?
Stop quark splitting when making quark recipes
Don’t heat quark on its own (it’s fine when mixed with other things usually like stock, fromage frais etc) or it will curdle/split! I recommend making a small amount of stock in a jug then carefully stirring in the quark to make a sauce.
Using it in a sandwich
It can be bland in sandwiches or similar but adding a few fresh herbs or tomatoes can help. Worth trying if you don’t want to use syns in Philadelphia!
Using it to make a spicy meal milder
It is an easy solution when you get to the table and realise you got a bit carried away with the chilli powder!
How to make mashed potato creamy
To make mashed potato creamier without adding milk or butter add a spoonful of quark!
It doesn’t sound like it would work but it really does, especially if you also add an egg yolk!
Alternatives to flavoured varieties
To avoid the syns or extra calories of flavoured versions when making quark recipes, use some flavourings or essences to flavour it!
Have a look around different supermarkets, some have salted caramel flavouring, for example, you could try coffee syrups as an alternative but be sure to buy a low calorie syn free version.
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If reading this has made you hungry and you just want to click and order some tasty snacks then remember that you can get past this by finding something else to do.
Plan snacks for the next few days that fall within your plan using my guides. Perfect if you have a chocolate craving or just fancy a nibble!
There are lots of ideas in my snacks ideas guide and if you are peckish.
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