Enjoy a little piece of Russia at home!
Vatrushka (which roughly translates to “cheesecake” in Russian), is a soft pastry filled with cheese and topped with mixed berries, much like a danish. Eaten for breakfast or dessert, vatrushka is a sweet way to begin or end your day.
For the dough:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 egg yolk
For the filling:
- 10 oz quark or ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 8 tablespoons fresh berries
- powdered sugar & orange zest to finish
- Sift the flour into a large bowl and create a well in the middle. Mix yeast with milk and 1 tablespoon of sugar and pour the mixture into the well.
- Add the rest of sugar, butter and egg yolk and knead until smooth. In a large bowl, let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
Make the filling:
- Mix cheese with egg, honey and vanilla extract.
Roll the dough:
- When the dough has doubled in size, knead it once again and divide into 3 oz dough balls.
- Using a rolling pin, roll each ball, working from the center – outwards, until 1/8 of an inch thin. Fold the edges inwards to form a well in the middle for the filling. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Assemble and bake:
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Add the filling into the wells, filling as close to the brim as possible without spilling over. Brush the edges with egg wash.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. While hot, add fresh berries on top, drizzle with honey, sprinkle with powdered sugar and orange zest.