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Baked Fresh Strawberries with Pistachios in Quark Spelt Blankets

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The dough ‘blanket’ is mainly prepared with Quark, wholegrain, and refined spelt flours. Strawberries can be replaced with banana and use apricot jam instead of strawberry jam. Quark, literally translated as ‘curd’, is a German fresh cheese, very similar to the American cottage cheese. It’s a curd cheese made from skimmed milk and soured with a lactic starter. Quark is very popular in Germany. It can be eaten plain on its own or make it into a sauce, spread, dessert or cake.

Quark DoughFilling
  • 200 g Wholegrain spelt flour
  • 100 g Refined spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 150 g Low-fat Magerquark (German fresh cheese)
  • 6 tbsp Milk
  • 6 tbsp Rape seed oil
  • 70 g Caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 300 g Fresh strawberries, halved
  • Strawberry jam
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp Pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
  • Sugar pearls
  1. Whisk the spelt flours and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Add in quark, milk, oil, sugars and salt. With a handheld electric mixer fitted with dough hooks at high speed, stir all the ingredients until just incorporated, for 1 minutes. Don’t overdo it, or the dough will be sticky.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Cover it with a plastic film and roll out the dough into a 24x60cm rectangular. Cut out 10 squares, each 12x12cm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Place two strawberry halves in the center of dough. Brush strawberries with strawberry jam. Brush four corners lightly with beaten egg. Pinch two corners crosswise to make an open pocket. (look a bit like Duchess Danish pastry) Brush the pockets with beaten egg and sprinkle with chopped pistachios and sugar pearls.
  4. Bake open pockets in the center of hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla sauce or whipped cream. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Vimitha Durai 3/7/12 06:12

They are yummy looking beauties... Great one Angie

Baker Street 3/7/12 06:52

What a fabulous and innovative idea! Baked strawberry blankets. Mmm.. I could pop a couple of these right about now! :)

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 3/7/12 08:14

Delicious! A great idea. The pastry is gorgeous and so is the filling.



OohLookBel 3/7/12 10:05

Looks like you've made the most of those luscious strawberries. Quark is quite popular in Germany, isn't it? Wish it was more common over here, it would be fab in pastries like you've made.

Emma | Fork and Good 3/7/12 11:23

These look gorgeous! I'm really tempted to make these this weekend! You take such fantastic pictures too

Riceandcoconut 3/7/12 12:08

You always have a creative idea on baking,these pastry sound perfectly delicious,anything with berries I'm a big fan :)

Belinda @zomppa 3/7/12 12:26

What a lovely breakfast or snack! These "blankets" are simply precious.

Eva Taylor 3/7/12 12:44

My mom used to use quark or cottage cheese in pastry dough too. These look wonderful. That painting at the end is lovely, did you do it?

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 3/7/12 12:48

These are beautiful Angie. Love the pistachios in the filling. Would make an elegant companion to a cup of tea in the afternoon.

Asmita 3/7/12 14:02

Hi Angie,
This is absolutely gorgeous! Looks beautiful and am sure tastes like heaven!

Joanne 3/7/12 14:05

I'm so enamored with these! They remind me of rugelach, which is always a delicious thing.

My Little Space 3/7/12 14:13

Angie Angie dear, what a lovely bake you have here. They look so very amazing. Wish I can have some now. Slurpppp....
Hope you're going to have a great week ahead, dear.

Kristy @ the wicked noodle 3/7/12 14:32

WOW, those are some gorgeous photos. Makes me want to get into the kitchen this minute!

Toni @ Boulder Locavore 3/7/12 14:33

Angie! You've outdone yourself. These little gems are so rustic and inviting. The flavors are perfect for this lazy time of year. I completely love all the photos as well; really folds us into your kitchen.

Priya Suresh 3/7/12 14:35

Seriously cant take my eyes from ur irresistible click,super tempting pockets.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen 3/7/12 15:06

I think it´s great as it is! The cooked fresh strawberries make it so delectable!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 3/7/12 15:47

You always bake or cook with very healthy ingredients unlike me..

Alida 3/7/12 15:49

Strawberries and pistachios. A great combo!

sally 3/7/12 16:46

These look great! I've seen quark at the farmers market, but haven't ever used it. I'll have to buy some next time.

Rosita Vargas 3/7/12 17:10

Una gran idea con exquisitos ingredientes hugs,hugs.

Kit @ i-lostinausten 3/7/12 18:15

Very innovative & love the idea of combining cheese & strawberries! Looks absolutely fabulous in those 'blankets' As usual I love all the pictures that always made me drool! *^

Tisa Jacob 3/7/12 18:31

The recipe is so unique, strawberries wrapped and baked- yum Lovely space you have here, Angie! I can go on gawking at your picture gallery.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 3/7/12 18:43

These look absolutely fantastic. I love the idea of the dough and roasted strawberries! You really are so creative.

wenn 3/7/12 19:03

both are my favorites!

lena 3/7/12 19:33

the photos are simply breath taking! i'm just so envy that you have different kinds of cheese there!

Soni 3/7/12 20:17

Quark is new to me and looks absolutely delicious!!!Love the sweet strawberries with pistachios!Hmm decadent :)

Donna Elick 3/7/12 20:43

These look fabulous Angie!

Amy (Savory Moments) 3/7/12 23:07

Wow! These are so creative! They look and sounds really unique.

Geni 4/7/12 00:18

You should open a bakery if you don't already have one. Your pastries always make me drool. These are stunning!

Swathi 4/7/12 00:24

Angie, these are delicious pastries, looks perfect for anytime of the day.

Anh 4/7/12 03:25

So delicious! This is the healthier version of Danish pastries! Yum!

Ana Regalado 4/7/12 04:25

Angie , they're so pretty delicious !

Andrea Bai @ Glam Hungry Mom 4/7/12 05:04

Yummy! Can't wait to try this!

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Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 4/7/12 05:24

This looks wonderful. I would love to have one of these strawberry pockets right now. Lovely photos.

kitchen flavours 4/7/12 05:49

Stunning! Looks so delicious! You have outdone yourself again! Beautiful photos!

jasna varcakovic 4/7/12 07:06

Very beautiful looking little packets. Perfect for breakfast!

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ping 4/7/12 10:43

Ooooh maaan ... the pics are awesome! So are the little pockets! But I doubt I'll find quark over here. Can I substitute with cottage cheese then if it's similar?

Anonymous 4/7/12 13:10

Amazing photos!

Amelia 4/7/12 14:31

Hi Angie, beautiful photos and very nice presentation.

The strawberry pocket look so delicious, yum yum

Have a nice day.

rita cooks italian 4/7/12 15:13

I do not know this German cheese quark, but the strawberry cakes look delicious. I wonder if I could substitute quark with cottage cheese or if cottage cheese is too wet for achieving the same result.

Vishakha 4/7/12 15:13

The strawberries look so fresh! Such a beautiful looking dish. I am sure it must be absolutely delicious!:)

Kristen 4/7/12 16:46

Such a lovely treat. I love the pistachios with the strawberries.

tinyskillet 4/7/12 16:52

Angie, these look great! I love the texture, I just wish I could taste it!

mjskit 4/7/12 17:22

I love it when I learn a new ingredient! When I saw "quark" I immediately thought of the atomic particle the "quark", but I didn't quite see it as a listed ingredient even though it is all through the ingredients. :) I had no idea that there was a quark cheese so thank you very much for that information! These strawberries blankets look divine! Again, your spelt pastry has me in awe! Beautiful clicks!

chow and chatter 4/7/12 19:27

lovely way to eat strawberries and now i know what quark is :0)

Jenny (VintageSugarcube) 4/7/12 19:38

How perrrrfect for a tea party! I must plan one now. Happy 4th to you!

Evelyne CulturEatz 4/7/12 19:52

These pockets are GORGEOUS, I would eat up the plate so fats. Like the pistachio touch too.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 4/7/12 21:19

Beautiful pastries, Angie! You know how to turn a treat into a healthy snack ;)

[Reply] 4/7/12 21:49

Wow this is totally awesome. I figure you can probably use cream cheese in place of the German cheese right? and as far as the whole grain spelt and refined spelt, I actually did not know they sold two different kinds. I am so pinning this to make. Love the pastry ingredients!!

Katia 5/7/12 00:01

Angie, they look so easy to make and delicious at the same time... I have to give it a go! They're lovely :)

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 5/7/12 00:10

That is one blanket that would NOT make it through the night ;)
This is such a delicious pastry dessert!

Choc Chip Uru

Sue 5/7/12 02:49

What a unique treat! They look lovely!

Terra 5/7/12 06:34

Your strawberry pockets look really fun, and delicious! I love treats like this, so filling:-) Hugs, Terra

Unknown 5/7/12 14:00

These are absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure they taste as great as they look.

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Kathy 5/7/12 14:30

Oh my Angie, These are amazingly beautiful…and I’m sure so delicious!! Beautiful photos!!

Norma Chang 5/7/12 14:37

What a unique idea. Love the recipe title, they sure look delicious, I could have a few for breakfast right now.

Mary Bergfeld 5/7/12 16:01

Your pastry pockets look divine and they sound delicious. They are seriously tempting and beg to be tried. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Susan 5/7/12 16:36

These would be a great breakfast treat! Is that German cheese like "Farmer's cheese?" I've not heard of it before. Your photos are just amazing. XOXO

Catherine 5/7/12 16:38

Dear Angie, This looks wonderful. What a beautiful treat. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 5/7/12 16:52

Love that you call the pastry a blanket, because it does look all cozy and warm. I bet that crust is tender and flaky and delicious. I love the photo of the catnip - I bet you make all the neighborhood kitties crazy for it!

Cathleen 5/7/12 18:18

This looks perfect. Wow. Anything with strawberries in it makes me drool.

Crunchy Creamy Sweet 5/7/12 20:23

Another winner recipe, Angie! And it lets me enjoy strawberries even longer:) Gorgeous pics!

Elisabeth 5/7/12 21:14

Angie, you call these yummy strawberry filled goodness blankets, and I call them Danishes. Craving to try one and enjoy with my coffee, or tea. Photos are superb!

Jennifer Kendall 5/7/12 22:00

these are gorgeous! i love the pistachio and strawberry combination!

Unknown 6/7/12 02:57

That looks so good. Perfect for breakfast.

Cass @foodmyfriend 6/7/12 03:02

These look absolutely beautiful Angie. You always make me so hungry :) I love whole baked strawberries. They go all jammy and delicious!

TastefullyJulie 6/7/12 05:08

You are really making me want to try spelt!

Miriam 6/7/12 05:29

I love spelt! And those goodies are always come up with amazing stuff! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Unknown 6/7/12 06:00

How wonderful, baked strawberries in a tender pastry blanket, love these for a Summer tea party;-). Hope you're enjoying your Summer;-). Beautiful photos Angie!

waka network 6/7/12 09:54

Pure and fresh taste! Your photography is just stunning.

Unknown 6/7/12 14:24

These look beautiful, Angie! Love strawberries stuffed in pastries... I wish I had a few right now!

Devaki 6/7/12 16:04

Such beauties Angie :) You've outdone yourself which is nearly impossible. I wish I had your penchant for using different flours :)

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

grace 6/7/12 21:52

these are fabulous, angie! i love every single aspect, but my favorite component is the sprinkling of pistachios--dynamite touch!

Cucina49 6/7/12 22:01

I had quark for the first time in Europe this year and loved it! What a fabulous-looking dessert crepe.

Ellen B Cookery 7/7/12 05:16

Oh my, this looks so good. This makes for such a beautiful presentation. Bet these pockets taste as good as they look!

Shirley 7/7/12 06:04

These are beautiful!! I've never heard of quark, but these pastries look simply amazing.

Unknown 9/7/12 18:09

Wow Angie, I love your blog, thank you so much for stopping by The Saucy Gourmet!!! These look so yummy, but gotta admit, there are some ingredients I am not familiar with, that is the best part of blogger, learning new things!! I will be back.

MaryMoh 10/7/12 12:26

Oooh...these look so pretty and healthy. Love the spelt flours.

Amy 11/7/12 06:31

These are really pretty and I'm glad to know the "blankets" are healthy too. Can't wait to try making these for my kids.

hobby baker Kelly 13/7/12 18:32

These look so fabulous, I am encouraged looking at some of your spelt dough recipes. I've been having mixed luck getting my dough to hold its gluten well, that spelt protein is tricky. Just need to keep working on my ratio of refined to whole I guess. Love your Estonian kringel cinnamon ring too, beautiful!

Ridwan Shafal 15/7/12 19:23
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[Reply] 26/7/12 09:27

These look completely absolutely stunning. Love them. The guy I work for imports Italian Spelt flour. I am gonna have to start my baking soon

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[Reply] 18/9/12 15:36

What a great idea and so very pretty...


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