Baked Cheese Strukli

Zagorski Strukli, a traditional Croatian comfort food, pillowy cheese dumplings baked with cream. 

(Adapted from The Best of Croatian Cooking by Liliana Pavicic and Gordana Pinker-Mosher.)

5 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour

5 eggs

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 ½ pounds farmer’s cheese, ricotta, or dry-curd cottage cheese (or mixture)

1 ½ cup butter, melted

4 cups heavy cream
In a large mixing bowl make a dough from the flour, 1 egg, oil, and salt. Add water a bit at a time, until dough comes together. Or use the well method by mounding flour onto a clean surface. Using your hands, make a well-like indentation in the center of the flour. Add egg, oil, salt and a small amount of water to the well. Starting in the center, draw some flour into the well and mix in. Keep drawing flour into the well a bit at a time, adding more water as needed, until dough forms a ball.

Knead the dough until bubbles start to form and the dough becomes smooth. Shape into a ball and coat the surface with cooking spray or a thin film of vegetable oil to prevent it from drying out. Cover with a clean cloth and let stand about 15 minutes.

While the dough is resting, make the filling. In a large bowl, mix the cheese with the remaining 4 eggs. Add ½ cup of the melted butter. Blend until the mixture is smooth.

Sprinkle a large work surface such as a kitchen table with flour. Roll out the dough to paper-thin thickness. Then spread the cheese mixture evenly over the dough. Drizzle with  ½ cup melted butter. Roll up jellyroll fashion. Cut the roll into 20 pieces (the cutting is traditionally done with the rim of a plate).

Boil the strukli in salted water for about 10 minutes. Drain and arrange in a greased ovenproof dish.

Preheat oven to 400°f. Pour the remaining ½ cup butter over the štrukli and top with cream. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until golden.

Serves 8 to 10

3 thoughts on “Baked Cheese Strukli

  1. Struklji are a Slovene national dish. The region they are historically from also extends into Zagorje (in Croatia), but can in no way be defined as “traditional Croatian comfort food”. But good effort.

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