FARMER’S CHEESE STRUDEL with BLUEBERRIES

Czech name: Tvarohový závin s borůvkami

Written by Denisa Nemcova

South Bohemia

This is a local Czech recipe from the South Bohemian Region.

Land of lakes, castles and pleasant landscapes, forests, fishponds, fairy tale châteaux and rural farms South Bohemia is a dream paradise for holidays for sightseeing or relaxing. The countryside here offers endless possibilities for visiting places of natural beauty and historical cities and monuments. Also, great conditions for cycling and water sports.

For more information about the South Bohemian Region, from which this recipe comes, click here.

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Wondra instant flour
4 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
3 egg yolks
2 Tbs heavy whipping cream
2 cups of blueberries
1 1/4 cup farmer’s cheese (or Queso Fresco)
1 1/4 cup milk, lukewarm
1 packet active dry yeast
1/2 cup and 1 Tbs sugar
1 box vanilla pudding
salt to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Add lukewarm milk, 1 Tbs sugar, and the active dry yeast into a cup and let bloom for approximately 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, add both flours, a pinch of salt, two of the egg yolks, and the butter. Add the yeast when proved and mix well. Cover the dough and let rise.

Mix the farmer’s cheese with the 1/2 cup of sugar, vanilla pudding powder, cream, and remaining egg yolk. Gently fold in blueberries. Divide the well-risen dough into two parts. Roll out each section into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick, brush with melted butter, and spread the filling on in the center. Carefully fold the dough into thirds lengthwise and press the edges. Brush the outside with butter, place on a lined baking sheet, and bake for about 40 minutes.