Today I am going to share a recipe that holds fond childhood memories. My grandma loved to bake and cook and these sweet cream cheese fritters were one of the dishes she would make all the time.
Originally, these fritters are made with quark cheese but because I live in New Zealand (quark is not readily available here) I had to substitute the quark with cream cheese.
But let me tell you, the result is just as good as if you were to make these light and fluffy fritters with quark (also known as curded cheese).
The recipe is originally from Germany and it is either called quark balls (quarkbaellchen) or quarkspitzen (which I translate to quark fritters). Either way, these sweet cream cheese fritters are delightful and make a great dessert or yummy treat for afternoon tea.
More German recipes: The Best German Potato Salad – So Delicious and Authentic German Apple Cake With Streusel Topping – Scrumptious.
These cream cheese fritters are not too sweet and the lemon juice and zest gives them a slight tangy but also refreshing lemony flavor.
The key is to add the self-raising flour last and to fold it in gently with a spatula.
Also, make sure to heat up the oil to the right temperature. I use a wooden stick to check the oil. If you can see bubbles appear around the stick it means the oil has got the perfect temperature.
I show you this little trick also in my video.
It only takes a few minutes to mix the batter together. It is best to use a handmixer to combine all the ingredients (except the flour).
The quarkbaellchen are cooked in 3 to 4 minutes. It is best to let them cool down for a little bit before you can indulge.
I do hope you love my grandma’s recipe and are going to give it a try.
Grandma’s Recipe For Sweet Cream Cheese Fritters
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Grandma’s Light And Fluffy Cream Cheese Fritters
- 1 large saucepan for deep frying
- 1 spatula
- 1 sieve
- 200 grams cream cheese (7ounces)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 50 grams melted butter (1.8ounces)
- 1 lemon (zest and juice)
- sunflower oil for deep frying
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar for dusting
Making The Batter
- Put all the ingredients for the batter (except the flour) into the mixing bowl. Beat with the hand mixer until smooth and silky. Start on low speed and gradually increase the speed.
- Lastly, sieve the flour into the batter and fold it in with a spatula. Do not over mix.
- Heat up the oil in a large saucepan or a deep fryer if you have.
- Once the oil is hot enough, form small balls from the batter by using a teaspoon. Carefully place it into the oil and fry for around 4 to 5 minutes.
- Repeat until you used all of the batter. Place the fritters on paper towels to absorb the oil.
- Finally dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee.
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