Start by making the pastry for the Struklji. Follow our recipe, make the pastry and place it in a freezer bag or wrap it in clingfilm. Place in the fridge for 1 hour. Or use store-bought Filo Pastry Ready Rolled Sheets.
In a bowl, stir to combine the cottage cheese, sour cream, salt, and farina. Use a spatula to mix into a smooth mixture.
homemade pastry and topping
Divide the pastry in half. Place a kitchen towel onto a clean working surface. Dust the kitchen towel with flour. Place the filo pastry onto the dusted towel and roll it into a 35 cm x 50 cm (14-inch x 20-inch) rectangle. Cut off the thick edge on top and the bottom of the dough. Spread half of the cottage cheese all over the pastry, leaving about 5 cm (2-inch) edge on top.TipFeel free to use the same size store-bough fresh filo pastry.
roll into a strukelj
Starting at the bottom of the pastry, begin rolling the dumpling into a swiss roll shape. Make sure to tightly roll the dumpling to prevent any filling leakage. Wrap the strukelj in a kitchen towel tightly, then press the ends together and tie with a string to get a wrapped bonbon shape. Repeat the process with the rest of the pastry and filling.TipInstead of a kitchen towel, feel free to use a clingfilm that is heat-proof. In that case, grease the clingfilm with oil or butter before using it.
Pour 2 liters (8 cups) of water into a big pot. Add a teaspoon of salt and place over high heat. Bring to a boil. Carefully add the wrapped dumplings into the pot, making sure the dumplings are entirely covered by water. Simmer for 30 minutes, covered with a lid. Carefully transfer the cooked cheese dumplings from the pot to a baking sheet, set aside for 15 minutes, then carefully unwrap and cut into slices.
serving idea (optional)
Add butter to a skillet and place over medium heat. When the butter melts, add the breadcrumbs. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with Struklji.