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How to Make Smartard

The Tudor era saw many weird and wonderful bakes, creating desserts that you really shouldn’t want to eat… but they sound too good to resist! Smartard is one of them, basically translating as sweet cottage cheese fritters. This dessert combines cottage cheese, eggs and double cream, which is then fried and topped with a sprinkling of sugar… kind of like a centuries-old form of pancake!


  • 50g of Cottage Cheese
  • 4 Eggs
  • 4 tsp of Double Cream
  • 230ml of Oil (for frying)
  • Brown or White Sugar (to finish)


  • Sieve
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Frying Pan
  • Spatula
  • Kitchen Roll

METHOD: Sweet Cottage Cheese Smartard Fritters

  1. Over a mixing bowl, pass your cottage cheese through a sieve to create a smoother paste.
  2. Crack the eggs into the bowl, add the cream, and then whisk the mixture well.
  3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Add some of the mixture to the pan, spreading it as it’s poured in to create a small fritter shape. Repeat this step until your pan has several fritters.
  4. Cook the fritters until they turn brown at the edges. Remove from the pan using a spatula, then place them onto some kitchen roll to remove the excess oil.
  5. Place your fritters on a plate or serving dish, then sprinkle with a little sugar to your taste.
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