Quark Strudel

Traditional Hungarian Quark Strudel Recipe

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Traditional Hungarian Quark Strudel Recipe

Strudel is one of the most popular desserts in Hungary, a very traditional dish according to lifestyle.reviews. People love to serve it on special occasions like big family lunches, birthdays, Easter, Christmas – you name it. My grandma and my mum used to make so much at once, that everyone in the family had to eat strudel for every meal for the next three days. But I understood that, as a few decades ago, ready to use filo pastry wasn’t really available in the supermarkets in Hungary. 

Quark strudel pin

But what does it taste like?

I hear you wonder, if you never tried a quark strudel before. But what does it taste like? It sounds a bit odd. Well, the closest I can think of is cheese cake – but in flavours only. The texture is completely different though, firmer and more body because of the pastry. One thing I can promise you: it’s delicious!

My mum’s recipe

This is a traditional recipe I’m sharing with you, coming originally from my grand mother and my mum added her own idea of mixing the melted butter with some sour cream or creme fraiche. Which in fact stops using too much butter and making the pastry soggy. With the ready to use filo pastry, it takes no time these days. A little bit fiddly preparing the sheets and applying the butter and sour cream mixture – but it’s only fiddly for the first time you make it.

So here’s the recipe, enjoy as a dessert or an afternoon snack. You will make 2 strudels with the ingredients listed. Grind your favourite coffee (in a coffee grinder for french press, for example), brew it and enjoy!

Quark Strudel


Quark Strudel

5 from 6 votes
Quark Strudel
Traditional Hungarian Quark Strudel Recipe

This is a traditional recipe - the way my mum prepares it and my grandma used to make it. It's very yummy and makes a great, vegetarian dessert or snack. It's a little similar to cheesecake in flavours.

  • 8 sheets filo pastry
  • 500 g quark
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 medium lemon's zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp semolina
  • 150 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp sour cream or creme fraiche
  • 2 handfuls raisins
  1. Prepare the filling first. In a bowl, mix the quark, the eggs, the sugar, the vanilla sugar, the raisins and the lemon zest until combined. If its too runny, add a tablespoon of semolina.

    Strudel quark
  2. Melt the butter until it's runny and add mix the sour cream (or creme fraiche) in. Lay out the first layer of filo pastry on a clean kitchen towel. With a brush, start applying the mixture with great big streaks, all over the filo pastry sheet. Take another sheet, place it on the first one and repeat applying the mixture. Keep doing this with 4 sheets. 

    Quark Strudel
  3. Before placing the filling on the pastry sheet, sprinkle the semolina directly on the part of the sheet where the filling will go. See photo.

    Quark Strudel
  4. Nearly arrange half of the quark mixture on the semolina line.

    Quark Strudel
  5. With the help of the kitchen towel, start rolling up your strudel. Fold theplace it on a  ends so it won’t leak. Brush the top of the strudel with the butter and sour cream mixture.

    Quark Strudel
  6. Place it on a baking tray lined with baking paper. On 200C, bake it for 30 minutes.

    Repeat the same with the second strudel. 

    Quark Strudel
Recipe Notes

Quark Strudel

If you want to check out another Hungarian recipe of mine, why not try Hungarian Potato Langos Recipe?


  1. 5 stars
    I took my daughter to Hungary a few years ago and she loved all of the food. This is so nice that it is a recipe passed down from your grandmother. I am going to print it off and make some quark strudels.

    1. Author

      Thank you, and glad you enjoy your time in Hungary πŸ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    Gosh that looks so good! Filo pastry is so fabulous to work with I don’t know why I don’t get it more often; I’ll be trying your recipe soon!

    1. Author

      I use it quite often because I’m quite lazy in a way, and it saves time too πŸ™‚

  3. 5 stars
    This looks amazing and makes me feel so hungry. I must try it one day. It’s always nice when recipes are passed down too.

    1. Author

      Trust me, they are yummy! And yes, I love my grandma’s recipes.

    1. Author

      It’s quite easy to prepare, so give it a go πŸ™‚

  4. Ooh, I love a good strudel! And this one looks amazing. I didn’t actually know what quark was until earlier today, but I’m dying to try something with it in now, and this is just perfect πŸ™‚

    Louise x

    1. Author

      Quark can be very versatile! I love it, such a great ingredient.

  5. 5 stars
    my grandma used to make something similar to this for Easter – was delicious!

    1. Author

      Grandmas are the best when it comes to baking, that’s for sure!

  6. WOW! Great recipe. I’ve never tried a strudel with raises. I’ve only ever had it with apples.

  7. I actually really like quark, but have only ever used it for savoury dishes with salads. But this recipe sounds delicious – I’ll have to give it a try! x

    1. Author

      Thanks, it’s perhaps a bit unusual, but nevertheless yummy.

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