The essence of Saxony: Quarkkäulchen cakes sound typically Saxon and they taste like it, too – absolutely delicious. That was the verdict of a group of children from very mixed backgrounds at a Dresden school who attend an after-school baking club. Quark curd cheese, potatoes, eggs: this sticky mixture can be made into something seriously tasty. Despite the children coming from many different countries, communication doesn’t seem to be a problem. Baking clearly brings people together – in Saxony, like elsewhere.

Recipe for Quarkkäulchen from Saxony

Ingredients

500 g unpeeled potatoes
Lemon zest
250 g quark curd cheese
2 egg yolks
½ packet vanilla sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
A pinch of salt
Raisins

Preparation

Cook the potatoes. Grate them or press them through a sieve into a mixing bowl. Add the grated lemon zest, quark and the two egg yolks and mix together well using a mixer. Add the vanilla sugar, sugar, salt and raisins and blend well to form a dough. With floured hands, form the dough into thick, flat pancakes. Add butter or oil to a pan and fry the Quarkkäulchen until golden brown.