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Flo Braker’s cottage cheese dough is an absolutely brilliant recipe. It can be used for a whole slew of pastry creations, the latest of which I made were her rugelach and cinnamon sticks. I was floored by them both and I can’t wait to experiment making other things such as Hungarian love letters with Braker’s dough. The photo is somewhat lame, but I wanted to show the consistency the dough should have before refrigeration. Let me tell you this dough handles beautifully after it is chilled. I always loved my grandma’s version of walnut kifli, but Flo’s RUGELACH lifted me to an entire new level of pastry heaven. Jim couldn’t stop eating them. I was not able to find 4% cottage cheese, so I replaced it with 2% and it worked out just fine. However, I would not consider using a lower fat content cottage cheese, because the curds would be too rubbery for pastry dough. For every cup of curd cheese use a little more than 1-1/2 cups of 2% cottage cheese. You need a food processor to make this dough, however, it is possible to make it by hand with the technique I used for the quick puff pastry recipe, but I warn you it will be messy, because this dough is sticky. You will have to break up the curds with a potato masher and try not to touch it; the dough should not be handled at this stage.

2 cups small-curd cottage cheese [4% milk fat preferably, but 2% will do]
2 cups unsifted flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch slices
• Spoon the cottage cheese into a sieve over a bowl; drain for at least 2 hours.
• Do not press down; you do not want any of the whey in the bowl.
• Remove 1 cup of the cheese for the dough; reserve the rest for another use. To make the dough:
• In a food processor, pulse the flour and salt just to combine.
• Scatter the butter over the flour; pulse on and off until the butter seems to disappear into the mixture.
• Scatter the cottage cheese, in bits, over the mixture; pulse on and off just until a cohesive ball is formed.
• Divide the dough into two halves. [Braker divided her dough into quarters for making petit miniatures. However, I wanted the dough for regular sized pastries.]
• Shape each into a flat disc and wrap each in plastic wrap.
• Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.


  1. I'm also quite excited about this recipe, Zsuzsa, my Mom used to make the diokifli and I used to love it. But as I recall, her dough was more complex, so thia is perfect. I will definitely try this. Thank you.

  2. The dough sounds very rich and not too difficult to manage with a food processor.

  3. I'm a big fan of cottage cheese, so I'm very happy to learn how to make this dough. Wonderful idea!

  4. I have the Túró draining in the fridge right now, I'll be whipping up the dough tonight so I can assemble and bake them tomorrow. Thanks again for this wonderful inspiration Zsuzsa, I'm so excited about this sweet.

  5. Let me know how you like them Eva!

    Maria, yes, this is very simple to make with a food processor.

    Sissi, I loved the fact I could use 2% cottage cheese. I tried once with creamcheese but I found it a little too heavy and it gave me heartburn. This was perfect and no heartburn.

  6. I loved the Zsuzsa, the dough is absolutely incredible. I have another tub of cottage cheese in the fridge for another batch!

  7. I've never heard of cottage cheese dough, but after seeing it used in the cinnamon twists, I think I could become a fan really quick!

  8. Eva, I have one in the fridge right now. I am so happy you liked it.

  9. Peach Lady this was a real find for me. Creamcheese dough always gives mne heartburn, but not this one.

  10. This is an amazing recipe! I am not good with dough, but I definitely want to try this!




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