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. Ha!

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Crack eggs into a large saucepan and beat with a whisk. Whisk in milk, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Cook over medium-low to low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture fully forms curds and the 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.

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  • Drain the mixture into a colander lined with several layers of cheese cloth. Use the cloth to shape into a ball and twist the top to remove excess moisture. Secure with a twist tie. Hang for several hours or overnight. I do it on the spigot of the kitchen sink (which 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

69.5 calories; 3.3 g protein; 7.8 g carbohydrates; 72.8 mg cholesterol; 111.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2010
The only difference between this and my family's recipe is that we use vanilla instead of cinnamon. A+. The name is a bit misleading to anyone not familiar with the dish, though--even though lots of people call it Easter Cheese, it's not meant to taste like the cheeses with which Americans are generally familiar. It's *supposed* to be on the bland side in order to complement the salty ham and the bite of the horseradish. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/28/2005
I made this to serve with the Paska bread. Was very disapointed in the flavor. Other than my son saying it looked like brains it tasted like cinnamon egg custard. Needless to say we didn't have it with the bread. I will keep searching for a cheese flavored cheese. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2010
The only difference between this and my family's recipe is that we use vanilla instead of cinnamon. A+. The name is a bit misleading to anyone not familiar with the dish, though--even though lots of people call it Easter Cheese, it's not meant to taste like the cheeses with which Americans are generally familiar. It's *supposed* to be on the bland side in order to complement the salty ham and the bite of the horseradish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2007
This is a staple at our table every Easter. We called it Yayashnik. It was served with ham kielbasa raisin babka (bread) hard boiled eggs and yes the horseradish for those who liked it. This is part of the Eastern European (specifically Byzantine Orthodox) Easter tradition. Thank you for sharing this recipe. For those of you who didn't grow up with this tradition another serving suggestion would be to use slices of this Hrudka on bread with slices of ham. It makes a great sandwich! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2003
What a surprise to find this recipe. My husband's mother from Hungary used to make a similar recipe every Easter. She used 2 quarts of milk to 12 eggs and then also added seedless white raisins. The rest of the recipe was the same. They used to just slice it and eat it with cold sausage or ham. My husband always just called it Easter cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2008
Don't lose site of the fact that this simple (and many might say bland) dish is the perfect vehicle for Chrin more commonly known as horseradish beets. My grandmother served this for years as part of a traditional Easter meal and my brothers and I soon found out it was best slathered with the horseradish mix. I intend to experiment a little with the recipe this year. I'll let you know how I make out! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2012
My family has made this my entire life, my dad used to make it, after he passed, my mom & I, and now I make it for my husband & I. I use 3 qts of milk, 1 1/2 doz eggs, salt & pepper. We never used sugar nor other seasonings. My dad was Slovak, this was his family recipe. I don't use a double boiler, we warm the milk on med heat till almost a boil, then add the beaten eggs and salt & pepper. Stirring constantly is a must. I have an old salt bag, pour the mixture into this after curding, then grab one corner and the top of bag, tie tightly, hang overnite..it would not be Easter without Hrudka. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2011
I wanted to make this as a surprise to my Dad for Easter. This is something that was ALWAYS on the Easter table my whole life, and his. My grandmother passed away 15 years ago and it hasn't been made since. I knew my Dad had the recipe from my grandmother which was his grandmothers but I didn't want to ask him for it, I wanted it to be a surprise. I found this recipe, added golden rasins and it was perfect! He told me it tasted just like his grandmothers. (Who was a Hungarian immagrant.) Thank you so much for this recipe and helping me surprise my Dad. It will now be somthing I make every year for Easter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2008
sounds just like my grandmother's receipe but she used vanilla instead of cinnamon Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2012
I was looking for the spelling of this egg custard, and found this. Our family always made this for Easter, and I have been doing it myself for the past 20 years. My mom's recipe was a dozen eggs and a quart of milk, nothing else. I also found that it is better to use a double boiler to lessen the possibility of burning it. I use a towel to form the cheese, and when cold, slice it and lather it with the horseradish and beet mixture. We called the beet and horse radish Huren (?) Was looking for the spelling of that as well. I'm 74 years old, and never had it with any sweetener or other spices. But it wouldn't be Easter for me without it. Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/28/2005
I made this to serve with the Paska bread. Was very disapointed in the flavor. Other than my son saying it looked like brains it tasted like cinnamon egg custard. Needless to say we didn't have it with the bread. I will keep searching for a cheese flavored cheese. Read More
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