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Cooked Caraway Cheese (Koch Kaese)

In Germany, this is known as Koch Kaese. This makes a delicious cheese spread with dark rye bread and beer.

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  • 4 cups dry cottage cheese
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten


  1. Mix cheese with the seasonings; cover with plastic wrap and a lid, and put in a warm (70 degree F) place. Let it ferment 3 to 4 days, stirring once each day.
  2. Warm the butter in the milk, stir in the cheese, and cook gently about 10 minutes.
  3. Put into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Add the egg yolk and blend again so that it will be slightly glossy.
  5. Scoop mixture into a bowl and cover with plastic.
  6. Refrigerate until needed.

Makes about 4 cups

This will keep up to 2 weeks.