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Before I started attending slimming world meetings I had never heard of quark. I'm sure I'm not alone in this so thought I'd share my experience of Quark with you, hope its helpful!
Quark is a soft cheese of mid European origin. The name quark originates from German and means curd. The cheese itself looks like cream cheese and is sold in similar round plastic tubs. It is very low in fat, just 70 calories per 100 grams compared to 400 grams for full fat cream cheese! However quark tastes nothing like cream cheese, eaten alone its very sharp and actually sticks to the roof of your mouth! In fact I find quark really revolting! However when quark is used in various recipes it becomes very different.
Quark can be used in lots of recipes and as it is very low in fat will help you to lose weight. I like to add it to homemade tomato sauce as it really makes it taste thick and creamy-great poured over pasta. Quark is also good with jacket potatoes. I use it instead of butter and add chopped, cooked peppers, mushrooms and tomato.
I like to add a little grated cheddar cheese into some quark and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the morning you will find the quark tastes like cheddar cream cheese!
Quark can also be used in numerous sweet recipes. My favourite (although not low calorie)! Is raspberry cheesecake-
4 oz quark. 4 oz ricotta cheese. 3 medium eggs. 1 oz castor sugar . 8 oz raspberries.
1. preheat the oven to 180c. 2. Beat the cheeses together. 3. Stir in the sugar and beaten eggs. 4. Fold in the fruit. 5. Pour into a prepared baking tin and bake for 35 minutes. Cool and remove from the tin.
Quark can be added to low fat fromage frais to make it thicker and creamier. Poured over strawberries it tastes wonderful!
I buy my quark from Sainsburys but it is widely available from most supermarkets. It can be found in the refrigerator aisle along with the cottage cheese. It comes in a plain white and blue plastic pot. A 250-gram pot costs 58p.
I really recommended you give this try, but don't try eating it alone!
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