An old Croatian folk song says: “My mother baked štrukli, but she did not tell me about it”. But not to worry, we will tell you about štrukli (Authentic cheese strudel from Zagorje region), how to prepare them and how to bake them. And we will also let you know on a little secret how you can make the sweet version of it, with bread crumbs and sugar. In any case – it is an evergreen.
750 g (26 oz) soft flour
1 tablespoon salt
500 ml (17 fl oz) water
40 ml (1.40 fl oz) oil
1 kg (2.20 lb) fresh cottage cheese
1 teaspoon salt
500 ml (17 fl oz) light cream
Mix the pastry from flour, salt and water with an electric mixer. Add oil and mix for about 10 minutes. Move onto a floured surface and knead, adding flour to get a mid-hard pastry. Divide in two parts, form each part into a ball and put on oiled plates. Oil the ball surface and cover with plastic foil. Let the pastry rest for 2 hours.
For the filling mix all the ingredients with a whisk.
Move the pastry onto a floured tablecloth. In the beginning you can thin the pastry with a roller or spread it with your hands, evenly on all sides. Pull outward from the center with the back of your hands until you get a thin, see-through filo pastry. Remove the thickened edges with a knife.
Distribute half of the filling onto the pastry with a spoon, and then smear evenly with a knife or spatula. Using tablecloth form a thin strudel, which you should stretch additionally so its thickness is even. Cut štrukli with an edge of a plate. Repeat the same procedure with the remaining pastry and half of the filling.
Boil the štrukli in a big amount of boiling, salted water for 15 minutes, but not all at once. Remove them from water with a slotted spoon and place in a well-oiled pan. Cover with cooking cream and bake in the oven previously heated to 200°C (473°K) for 40 minutes.
Serve štrukli as a warm appetizer.
You can serve warm štrukli immediately as a salty appetizer, or you can top them with baked breadcrumbs and sugar and get a dessert.
This amount of ingredients will give you about 25 pieces of štrukli.
Štrukli can be frozen. Arrange them on a floured tray and place in the freezer for a few hours. Then store them in bags.