Lazy woman’s strudel / Lusta asszony rétese

by | Aug 23, 2016 | Desserts

Don’t be fooled by the name of this cake, it has nothing to do with the traditional strudel, it’s actually a fruity cottage cheese confection. It’s ideal for novice housewives and for those who suffer from a lack of time. It doesn’t require any preparation, you simply need to put the ingredients in layers in a baking pan. You can use any kind of fruit you have, and feel free to serve the “strudel” dusted with powdered sugar if it isn’t sweet enough.

Lazy woman's strudel / Lusta asszony rétesephoto:


  • 300 g (~2 1/2 cups) flour
  • 200 g (~1 1/2 cups) powdered sugar
  • 7 g (~2 tsp) baking powder
  • 100 g (~1/2 cup) butter
  • 500 g (~2 1/4 cups) cottage cheese
  • 200 ml (~3/4 cup) sour cream
  • 5 eggs
  • 500 ml (~2 cups) milk
  • 500 g (~1 lb) sour cherries or other fruits

Size of the baking pan: 30×40 cm / 12×15 inch

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F.

Combine flour, baking powder and powdered sugar in a bowl.

Spread the bottom of the baking pan with half of the butter. Put half of the flour mixture into the baking pan. Cover the flour layer with cottage cheese, spoon the sour cream on top of the cottage cheese, then arrange the fruits on the sour cream layer.

Mix rest of the flour mixture with the eggs and milk, and pour it over the layers in the baking pan. Crumb the butter over the top. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let it cool completely, then cut into squares.

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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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