Hungarian Farmer Cheese (Túró Rudi) Cheesecake

hungarian farmer cheese cheesecake

 🍴  Servings: 4

🥣 Category: Dessert

💪 Difficulty Level: 3/5 

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Farmer cheese cheesecake & the Túró Rudi

This delicious Farmer cheese cheesecake is named after the famous Hungarian dessert “Túró Rudi“. It combines its creaminess, sour-sweet taste and of course the pleasure of crunchy chocolate.

But what is "Túró Rudi"?

Túró Rudi is a sweet and sour curd bar with cocoa mass, one of the most popular curd foods of Hungarians. According to the definition of the Hungarian Food Book, Túró Rudi is an almost cylindrical, dessert-like curd product made from cow curd, possibly butter or cream, sugar, etc., with the addition of various flavorings and covered with chocolate or cocoa mass. The proportion of dairy products in the curd filling must be at least 50% (m/m).

turo rudi

The precursor of retro-sweetness was a Soviet dessert called “Shirok,” which was a mixture of round, dark chocolate-coated, curd or Farmer cheese and fat. The curd dessert was inspired by a Hungarian delegation during a Soviet study tour, which focused in particular on the socialist dairy industry.

The production of Túró Rudi has begun

The first sweet and sour Túró Rudit rolled off the production line at the Szabolcsi Dairy in 1968. The sweet packaging was designed by art students and attracted fans of curd sticks coated with cocoa mass in aluminum foil packages with red dots. However, the dairy industry professionals probably could not have imagined how incredibly popular the flavor they created would become in the decades to come and in how many generations it would develop a serious “addiction.”

The early years

Since no additives and preservatives were used at that time, Túró Rudi had a more characteristic, slightly fermented, typical curd taste. The guarantee period of the stick was only 3 days, one day of which was already spent in the factory warehouse waiting for delivery. However, it enjoyed such popularity that it was immediately bought from store shelves.

Production has increased

And because the demand had to be met, technological advances were made, and by the mid-1970s, 36,000 Túró Rudi were produced daily. In the early 1990s, 300,000 pieces were produced per day due to packaging machine automation. Even in comparison, production grew by leaps and bounds after the millennium’s turn. In 2013, the five billionth Túró Rudi was manufactured.

Prepare the cheesecake!

Because this sweet is difficult to obtain outside of Hungary, it is easier to prepare a wonderful dessert made from Farmer cheese, which has a similar taste. If you follow our recipe and watch our video on how to make it, you’ll get a delicious end result that your family and friends will enjoy. Enjoy!


  • For the bottom layer:
    • 250 g crushed biscuits
    • 120 g butter
    • 6 tbsp of sugar
    • 150 ml milk
    • 2 tbsp of dark cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp of vanilla sugar
    For thickest layer:
    • 600 ml milk
    • 5 tbsp of semolina
    • 250 g Farmer cheese or Ricotta
    • 5 tbsp of sugar
    • grated peel of 1 lemon
    For chocolate glaze:
    • 100 g chocolate
    • 1 tbsp of cooking oil


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed biscuits, sugar, butter, vanilla sugar, cocoa powder, and milk. Knead until the dough is homogeneous. Spread and press the mixture into the bottom of a 20×20 cm cake pan.
  2. Cook the semolina and sugar in the milk until thickening. Allow to cool before blending with Farmer cheese and lemon peel until smooth. Spread it on top of the biscuit mass.
  3. Melt the chocolate with the oil over hot water and drizzle it over the cake.
  4. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Cut into slices and serve. Enjoy!

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