At Easter, boys in Hungary would sprinkle girls with perfume scented water while citing one of the funny little poems they wrote for these occasions. Today this is a tamer version where boys would use buckets of water. Of course, as with the many eastern Europe, part of the Easter celebrations is the painting of eggs.
Hungarian Easter Cheese – Húsvéti sárga túró
Recipe Submitted By: Marie Simon Gowan
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Unlike the Christmas Season, traditional Easter (Húsvét) meals have few specialties. One of these specialties is a Hungarian version of Easter sweet yellow cheese, Sárga túró, made with whole milk, eggs and white raisins. Pictured here is black raisins. Either is still tasty but the white raisins is said to symbolize the “Living Bread coming down from Heaven”.
Message from Marie Simon Gowan:
Hungarian Easter Cheese, Húsvéti sárga túró, as my mother called it. Often called Hrudka or Sirecz, and mainly recognized by those who grew up in Hungarian Greek Catholic or Byzantine Catholic families. Ideally, you want to use golden raisins but I didn’t have any in the house, so I just used regular raisins. The taste is no different, just prettier with the golden raisins.
This is my mother’s recipes for Húsvéti sárga túró (Hungarian Easter Cheese)
- 1 dozen eggs
- 1 qt whole milk
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 1 large piece of cheesecloth
- 1 lg white shoestring
- Beat eggs gently and mix with vanilla and salt.
- Mix sugar and milk together so sugar dissolves somewhat.
- Mix all ingredients together (except raisins) in a small pot.
- Cook on low to medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. When you see that whey is separating from the egg mixture, mix in raisins.
- Make sure raisins do not stay in one clump.
- Continue cooking until more separation occurs and raisins look plump.
- When you think it looks done, pour into wet cheesecloth that you have placed in a colander. Squeeze into a ball and tie together with the shoe string
- (see Notes for more instructions)
- Ideally, you want to use golden raisins but I didn't have any in the house, so I just used regular raisins.
- Hang it from your faucet to drain and cool, or tie string to wooden spoon handle and hang inside deep pot.
- Make sure you squeeze it good before you hang it up.
- You may want to use rubber gloves for squeezing, as it is very hot and will easily burn your hands.
- Chill before slicing.