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Cottage Cheese-Apricot Rolls

Cottage Cheese Apricot Buns

To sum up things, our Christmas was wonderful. It was a very white Christmas, yet not too cold; we had a delightful dinner with my and Stano’s parents; our Christmas tree was beautiful; we all got great presents (Ivanka got the most - she’s now supplied with clothes for years ahead). Of course about one half of my gifts were food-related. I got another two Slovak cookbooks (one of which is solely about desserts and baking, wahoo), a pastry tube, funky muffin liners, and Stano gave me… maple syrup! I was in seventh heaven, because I had never seen maple syrup in Riga. And I’ve been craving crepes with maple syrup!! Well, Stano also gave me a much valuable gift, but I guess I was most emotional about the syrup… haha.

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And here’s our perfect holiday morning treat: cottage cheese and apricot rolls, served warm for Christmas breakfast. We made tons of these, so we had to freeze the excess rolls - you can thaw them and easily re-heat them any time later. I loved the combination of cottage cheese and vanilla pudding in the filling - it made the filling very smooth and creamy. There’s a belief in our countries that you have to be in a good mood while baking; you could even try singing as you knead your dough… Apparently we felt very happy while kneading, because our dough kept rising and rising and rising…

Cottage Cheese Apricot Roll

 

Ingredients
500g all-purpose flour
40g fresh yeast
50g + 2tbsp sugar
250ml milk
75g butter, melted
1 large egg
1 small egg, slightly beaten
250g creamy cottage cheese
700ml canned apricots /home-made apricot preserves
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 pack dry vanilla pudding (40-50g)
Pinch of salt

Makes 16 rolls

 

In your mixing bowl, combine yeast and a few tablespoons lukewarm milk. Stir well.

Reserve 3 tbsp melted butter for later.

Add 50g sugar to the yeast mix. Blend with a fork. Add butter, the large egg, and salt, and whisk with a fork. Add remaining milk, mix until well incorporated. Fold in flour and knead the dough until smooth. Leave the dough, covered, in a warm place to rise.

In a separate bowl, mix cottage cheese, pudding powder, 2 tbsp sugar, and vanilla sugar, and slightly whisk with a fork until smooth.

Cut apricots into halves or quarters, depending on size.

When the dough has risen, roll it and brush it with melted butter. Make a large roll and cut it into 16 slices. Place the rolls onto prepared baking sheet and make a depression in centre of each. Spoon the cottage cheese filling onto the rolls and top with apricots. Brush each roll with beaten egg. Bake at 160C/320F for 20 minutes or until ready.

Serve warm, dusted with powdered sugar.

Cottage Cheese Apricot Rolls

Cottage Cheese Apricot Rolls

Cottage Cheese Apricot Rolls

Cottage Cheese Apricot Roll

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11 Responses

  1. ping says:

    Hi Alina. Merry Christmas! I’m so happy you’re happy :D Everyone should be happy this season. There’s too much sadness in this world today to not have a moment of happiness, no matter how short. Happy Holidays! Lovely looking rolls!

    • Alina says:

      Thank you Ping, I hope you’re enjoying the new year :-*

    • Israel says:

      I was reading this post tnkihing, man I really want to read this, and then I realized I HAVE this!! I got it a few months back and put it in my to-read pile. Totally forgot about it until now! :D miss_kris_11 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Kim-Liv Life says:

    MMM!! These look just perfect! Apricot is one of my favorites, and I just know that these will be well received by the kids on this school break. Nicely done!

  3. Marie says:

    I really enjoy working with yeast. And while I’ve yet to venture into Eastern European cuisine, I’d love to try these. The pastry rolls look like they’re fresh out of a bakery. Yum!

  4. Xiaolu says:

    I’ve never seen rolls like these. Love the apricot and cottage cheese filling. Glad you got such awesome presents and hope you have an equally lovely New Year!

  5. Yuliya says:

    Ok, I’ve tried baking in the past because my Armenian mom and aunt are both awesome at it, but I could not make “friends” with dough, so I gave up. It was sticking to everything, and made a mess everywhere. But these buns are making me SALIVATE!! I may have to try baking again. Especially since mom got me some yeast at the russian store recently. I am also definitely making the ukha recipe you posted. So glad I found this website!

    • Alina says:

      Wow Yuliya thank you for your comments and for your interest ^_^ I’m always so happy to hear someone tries our recipes. Don’t hesitate to let me know is anything goes wrong - we’ll try to sort it out together.

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