Slovak Easter Cheese – Veľká noc Cirák — 42 Comments

  1. My mother-in-law taught me how to make this and other Slovak dishes. Every year my husband asks me to make it for him.

  2. If anyone has a recipe version that they wish to have me publish on the blog with you or your mom, grandmother, etc as the author please send me an email with the recipe and if you have pictures attach them to the email as well and I will be more than happy – no… PROUD – to publish your family recipe for Easter Cheese or any Slovak, Hungarian, Polish, Ukrainian, and even American recipe. Send to

  3. This recipe is very similar to the Hungarian one I make! I also add some sugar to sweeten the cheese and a little nutmeg for flavoring! My Mom is Hungarian and my Dad was Slovak!

  4. hanging all over the kitchen.ham bread with the egg in it,me getting a beating every year because I ate the unblessed food,bull baal kee(prob how you do NOT spell)that mushroom/sourkraut soup I hatted so

  5. Ok – since no one is biting(haha) Egg Cheese is one of the foods that of coursed was blessed – but one of the foods that was meant to be eaten COLD. I don’t remember what day – but there is a day around easter that we’re not supposed to heat any food, or rather cook any food….or something of the sort. Did I get it John Lipovsky?

    • Teri, That’s the cheese in the recipe but the discussion part is about the old world traditions I wrote about on the blog. Click the link or the original picture. Almost all the recipes I post have information connected to them. My blog is not only about a posting recipes, it includes many historical facts about one or multiple Slavic nations. and there are many nations which are ethnic Slavic.

  6. Easter verses to recite before spraying the girls with cologne on Easter Monday. My husband tells me stories of how he and his friends, as teenagers, would go from house to house of the girls they knew, always saving for last the house of the girl whose mother prepared the tastiest pastries to serve after the “sprinkling.”

    • my grandfather told me that on Monday boys would splash water on girls they liked and the reverse on Tues………when I make my cheese I also put in sugar and vanilla…it becomes a flavor close to the custard of a good bread pudding

  7. this is similar to what I make only we add 1 c sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. IT makes it sweet and great with the horseradish

  8. Did you know that in the Czech Rep it is customary for the boys to whip the girls with willow twigs? Check out the recipe for the Slovak Easter Cheese and read about it. The Hungarians also have a similar tradition.

  9. With the Easter recipes I have included traditions that have to do with some old world that happens on Easter Monday and Tues. Some may remember hearing about these and others may get enlightened.

  10. On the website, REMEMBER, I usually add some interesting facts either about a specific recipe or something that informs the reader of a tradition or history. Please, take a little time to not only look at the pics posted but go to the website and learn more about your heritage thru food and not just the food of your heritage. There is a difference.

  11. My family’s recipe is almost identical to yours John with the exception that I add a small amount of vanilla, which I see is in the Hungarian version. That isn’t a family tradition. My sister started doing this years ago to make the cheese more appealing to the non-Slovak members in her family. I cut the recipe down to 1/4 of the ingredients to make a tiny cheese for my brother. He like golden raisins in his, but it’s all good. 🙂

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