Orange-Vanilla German Cheesecake Tarts

German cheesecake quark tart cut in half

I based this recipe on the method for making traditional German cheesecake using quark cheese. These tarts are not overly sweet, and the taste can be adjusted by the use of various glazes or toppings.

The texture is light, almost soufflé-like, and the orange flavor is a refreshing change from the ordinary. The recipe makes approximately 10 tarts.

You may find it difficult to locate quark at your local grocery, but that's ok &mdash it's easy to make quark cheese at home.

You can either make the crust by using the recipe below, or for a shortcut, buy the mini-graham cracker crusts, pre-made in packages of six.

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk

To make the crust, mix the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Blend in the butter well with a fork or pastry mixer. Stir in the vanilla and egg yolk.

Press the mixture onto the bottom and sides of an ungreased muffin pan. Place in the refrigerator while you mix the filling.

Ingredients for filling:

  • 8 oz. quark cheese
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. orange extract

Mix together the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Add the egg yolks and blend with an electric mixer until thoroughly mixed. Add the quark, milk and vanilla and orange extracts. Mix until smooth.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the cheesecake mixture and pour or ladle into crusts in muffin pan.

Unbaked quark tarts in muffin pan

Bake in top half of oven at 325° F for approximately 35 minutes, or until tops are lightly brown. Remove and cool at room temperature for 15-30 minutes.

If using the homemade crust, use fork to loosen sides of crust from pan, and gently slide tarts out of pan. For pre-made crusts, leave tarts in the baking tins.

Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator. They're delicious either way!

Some topping ideas include:

  • whipped topping and mandarin oranges
  • powdered sugar
  • glaze made from concentrated orange juice and powdered sugar

Quark tart with orange segment

Quark tart with cream and mandarin oranges

You may also want to try some delicious goat milk recipes or goat yogurt recipes.

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