Hrudka (Easter Cheese)


Hrudka (pronounced hur-UT-ka) is a simple custard cheese that's essential for many Eastern-European Easter tables. It's sliced and eaten by itself or, more often, as part of a ham or kolbassi sandwich made on paska bread that's slathered with beet horseradish. The recipe is as easy as it is healthy.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 35 mins
1 large round of cheese


  • 12 eggs

  • 1 quart whole milk

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste


  1. Crack eggs into a large saucepan and beat with a whisk. Whisk in milk, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cook over low to medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture fully forms curds and whey separates. This will take 20 to 30 minutes. Using higher heat or failing to stir will result in a big pan of sweet scrambled eggs.

  2. Drain mixture into a colander lined with several layers of cheesecloth. Use the cloth to shape into a ball and twist the top to remove excess moisture. Secure with a twist tie and hang for 8 hours to overnight.


I hang the cheese on the spigot of the kitchen sink. This would probably wig out the germ police, but I haven't gotten botulism in 34 years. Of course, you could let it drain initially there and then finish it overnight in the fridge suspended over a deep bowl.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

70 Calories
3g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 69mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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