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How to Make Varskes Apkepas, a Delicious Lithuanian Curd Cake




If you are looking for a simple and satisfying dessert that is easy to make and full of flavor, you might want to try varskes apkepas, a traditional Lithuanian curd cake. Varskes apkepas is a fluffy and moist cake made with cottage cheese, eggs, semolina, sugar, and sometimes raisins or other dried fruits. It is baked in the oven until golden and served with sour cream, jam, or fresh berries. Varskes apkepas is a popular dish in Lithuania, especially for breakfast or brunch, but it can also be enjoyed as a snack or dessert any time of the day.


In this article, we will show you how to make varskes apkepas at home with a simple recipe that you can follow along with a YouTube video. We will also share some variations and tips on how to customize your curd cake with different flavors and toppings. Finally, we will talk about the nutrition and health benefits of varskes apkepas and how it can be part of a balanced diet. Let's get started!




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How to Make Varskes Apkepas: A Step-by-Step Guide




Making varskes apkepas is not difficult, but it does require some patience and attention to detail. Here are the ingredients and instructions you will need to make a delicious curd cake for 6 servings:


Ingredients





  • 500 g (18 oz) of cottage cheese (preferably 9% fat or higher)



  • 3 large eggs



  • 6 tablespoons of semolina



  • 5 tablespoons of sugar



  • 170 ml (6 fl oz) of milk



  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar or extract



  • A pinch of salt



  • Butter for greasing the baking dish



  • Breadcrumbs or flour for coating the baking dish



  • Sour cream, jam, or fresh berries for serving (optional)



Instructions





  • Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease a 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inch) baking dish with butter. Sprinkle some breadcrumbs or flour over the butter and shake off the excess.



  • In a small bowl, soak the semolina in milk for 15 to 20 minutes until soft.



  • In a large bowl, whisk the cottage cheese with a fork or a blender until smooth and creamy. Add the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla sugar or extract, and salt and mix well.



  • In another bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.



  • Gently fold the egg whites into the cottage cheese mixture with a spatula or a spoon.



  • Add the soaked semolina and stir well to combine.



  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth the surface with a spatula.



  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden and firm in the center.



  • Let the cake cool slightly before cutting into squares and serving with sour cream, jam, or fresh berries if desired.



You can watch this YouTube video to see how to make varskes apkepas step by step:


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Variations and Tips




Varskes apkepas is a versatile dish that can be customized with different flavors and toppings. Here are some ideas on how to make your curd cake more interesting:



  • Add some raisins, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or lemon zest to the batter for extra texture and taste.



  • Replace some of the sugar with honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar for a more natural sweetness.



  • Use low-fat or lactose-free cottage cheese if you want to reduce the calories or the dairy content of the cake.



  • Use gluten-free flour or cornstarch instead of semolina if you have a gluten intolerance or allergy.



  • Use a smaller or larger baking dish depending on how thick or thin you want your cake to be. Adjust the baking time accordingly.



  • Store the leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.



Nutrition and Health Benefits




Varskes apkepas is not only delicious, but also nutritious. It is a good source of protein, calcium, and phosphorus, which are essential for building and maintaining strong bones and muscles. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin B12, and riboflavin, which are important for vision, nerve function, and metabolism. Moreover, varskes apkepas is low in fat and cholesterol, and high in fiber, which can help lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Here is a table that shows the nutritional information of varskes apkepas per serving (based on this recipe):



Nutrient


Amount


% Daily Value


Calories


220


11%


Fat


7 g


11%


Saturated Fat


4 g


20%


Cholesterol


95 mg


32%


Sodium


260 mg


11%


Carbohydrate


26 g


9%


Fiber


1 g


4%


Sugar


15 g


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Protein


12 g


24%


Vitamin A 6% - Vitamin C 0% - Vitamin D 0% - Vitamin B12 15% - Riboflavin 20% Niacin 4% - Folate 8% - Calcium 15% - Iron 6% - Phosphorus 20% -


Note: The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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Conclusion




In conclusion, varskes apkepas is a delicious Lithuanian curd cake that is easy to make and full of flavor. It is a fluffy and moist cake made with cottage cheese, eggs, semolina, sugar, and sometimes raisins or other dried fruits. It is baked in the oven until golden and served with sour cream, jam, or fresh berries. Varskes apkepas is a popular dish in Lithuania, especially for breakfast or brunch, but it can also


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