Hungarian cottage cheese bundles

I was seeking for a dessert recipe in my cookbooks when the description of these lovely cottage cheese bundles got into my hands. I last baked them years ago, so it was time to dust off the recipe and greet the fragrant túrós batyu (this is how it is called in Hungarian) in my home again. The bundles are made from a light yeast dough, filled with soft, vanilla flavoured cottage cheese cream. I can’t imagine them without raisins, but I know many people can’t stand the raisin’s taste, so this ingredient may be left out.

Hungarian cottage cheese bundlesphoto:

For the dough:

  • 500 g (~ 4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 200 ml (~3/4 cup) kefir
  • 25 g fresh yeast (2,5 tsp dry yeast)
  • 50 ml (~1/4 cup) tepid milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g (~1/4 cup) melted butter

For the filling:

  • 250 g (~1 1/4 cups) cottage cheese
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of half lemon
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 50 g (~1/4 cup) raisins
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg for the egg wash

Dissolve yeast with a half tablespoon of sugar in lukewarm milk.

Soak raisins in tepid water.

Sift the flour in a bowl. Add one tablespoon of sugar, pinch of salt, egg, kefir and activated yeast, and start to knead.

When the ingredients are well combined and the dough begins to hold together, pour in melted butter  and knead until smooth and elastic. Cover and let it rise until doubled.

In the meantime, make the filling. Combine cottage cheese, vanilla, lemon zest, sugar, egg and raisins. Set aside.

On a floured surface roll out the dough and cut into 10×10 cm (4×4 inch) squares. Spoon cottage cheese mixture on top of each square. Pinch two opposite corners first, then pinch the remaining two corners to seal the bundles. Place the bundles in a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops with egg yolk and set aside to rise for about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F and bake the bundles for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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12 Responses

  1. can you pleas tell me what kefir is? thank you

    • Eszter says:

      Hi Mary Jane, Kefir is a fermented milk drink with a consistency and taste similar to thin yogurt.

  2. Audrey Bailey says:

    My mother used a dry cottage cheese. No preference is mentioned in this recipe.

    • Eszter says:

      Hungarian cottage cheese is always dry, that’s why I didn’t concretize its type.

  3. What ingredient Could I Use Instead Of using Kefir!

    • Eszter says:

      Kefír can be replaced with yogurt.

      • Shayna says:

        I have Greek yogurt. Do I have to thin it out?

        • Eszter says:

          Hi Shayna, No, you don’t need to do anything with Greek yogurt, the recipe works well with it. Since Greek yogurt is thicker than kefir, it’s possible that you have to add a little more than 200 ml to the dough.

  4. elsie tantlinger says:

    I cannot find dry cottage in my area, suggestions?

    • Eszter says:

      Hello Elsie, You can drain the creamy cottage cheese, or you can add 1 tbsp of semolina to the filling in order to thicken it.

  5. James says:

    I love this recipe except for the raisins. I substituted the raisins for chopped up Turkish delight and they are beautiful. I love Hungarian Cooking.

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