Russian quark cakes “Sochniki”
Sochniki are Russian quark cakes whose shape is reminiscent of the classic dumplings called pierogi. The name of this pastry comes from the Russian word "sotschen", which means "rolled out dough".
- 400 g of flour
- 200 g of butter
- 250 g of cottage cheese
- 150 g of sugar
- 12 tbsp of cold water
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 egg yolks
Many Eastern Europeans, especially Russian natives, associate Sochniki with childhood memories. The quark cakes were not only baked at home, but also sold in the school canteen.
There are two main recipes of Sochniki: Arkhangelsk style and Yaroslavl style. They differ in filling, but both originate in Northern Russian. Another common, characteristic trait is the fact that their preparation begins with the dough being rolled out into a thin layer.
Sochniki Arkhangelsk style have a hearty stuffing to which savory ingredients like fish, meat, egg and leeks contribute. Our recipe has a sweet filling – therefore these are Sochniki of the Yaroslavl style.