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

Dough Recipe:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. Mix cheese with egg, honey and vanilla extract.

Roll the dough:

  1. When the dough has doubled in size, knead it once again and divide into 3 oz dough balls.
  2. 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:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Add the filling into the wells, filling as close to the brim as possible without spilling over. Brush the edges with egg wash.
  3. 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.