The kwarktaart is a traditional choice for dessert, for birthday celebrations or for any other celebration for that matter, whether it's made up or real. We do love a party, and any excuse will do! The taart can be served plain or flavored (usually with fruity flavors such as lemon or mandarin orange), but don't let that stop you. Nobody says you can't make a lovely chocolate kwarktaart so if that's what you're craving, go for it!
Summertime especially is a great time for kwarktaart. Served chilled, with a good cup of coffee, and adorned with seasonal fresh fruit, it is a pleasant reminder of the goody goodness that Holland has to offer.
10 cookies (graham crackers, tea biscuits etc)
9 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
1 cup whole milk
1 envelope gelatin
2 cups kwark
Put the cookies in a plastic bag and roll into crumbs with the help of a rolling pin. Add to a bowl. Mix in 2 tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Melt the butter, pour it over the crumbles and mix well.
Place a circle of parchment paper on the bottom of a springform pan. Press the buttery cookie crumbles in the bottom and flatten with the back of a spoon, so that the layer is fairly even. Put the pan in the fridge so the cookie bottom can harden.
Carefully slide a knife along the rim to loosen the cake. Spread with fresh strawberries, mandarin oranges or any other fruit you may like.
I made a quick puree from the leftover strawberry trimmings (cut up, and simmer in a small saucepan with a tiny bit of sugar until it has reached jam consistency, then cool) and spread it over the top of the cake before layering it with the fruit. It's a great way to use up all the scraps and contributes to the strawberry flavor. You can do the same with any other fruit you may use.