This is another original German recipe that is using quark, the popular fresh cheese that we use for a lot of cakes and desserts. You can find information about quark and how to make it at home on mybestgermanrecipes.com (see below at ingredients).
The mini fried cheese balls are made with quark and will be deep fried in vegetable oil. We love them because they are so small and are especially good for a dessert buffet or a party. Children love them like crazy! You can use a deep fryer or not. It is possible to boil the oil in a big enough pot on the stove; just drain the grease on kitchen paper. Happy Baking!
Ingredients Mini Fried Cheese Balls
500 g flour
500 g quark - How to make Quark at home -
1 tsp salt
250 g sugar
1 package baking powder Dr Oetker, 0.5 oz - almost 1 tbsp or 7g
1 package vanilla sugar Dr Oetker, 0.28 oz - How to make Vanilla Sugar Recipe -
oil for deep frying such as sunflower or canola oil (make sure it is high quality oil!)
- in a bowl mix the ingredients together (not the oil!)
- with 2 teaspoon make small portions and place them into the hot oil of the deep fryer or use a pot with enough oil on medium heat. The temperature should be 170 C or 340 F. If you use a pot do the spoon test: hold a wooden spoon into the hot oil. If you see it bubbles next to the spoon, the oil it hot and ready for the balls.
Make only a few at one time. The dough will increase and the balls turn themselves while cooking.
- Bake them until they have a golden color.
- place the done ones on a kitchen paper to drain the grease.
- roll them on sugar
If you don't create a perfect round shape the balls will not be so round, they have some edges and little horns which makes them look funny.
How to make Perfect Round Balls
1. Use ice cream scoop for the dough or
2. Fill the dough in a freezer plastic bag and close the top with a clamp or paper clips. Cut one corner of the bag off so you have an opening of about 3cm. The dough is not liquid, it is rather firm, therefore when you press the dough out you will get a small flat stripe. Cut that stripe off with a knife that had been dipped into the hot oil (they show it in the the video which is in German but you can see the actions very well).