Butter, cream, and quark
Got milk? You bet! Estonians are big on dairy and there are heaps of sweet dairy products to choose from. One of the most famous dairy products in Estonia is kohupiim, otherwise known as quark. And what is quark? It's a fresh cheese made out of soured milk. This slightly tangy yet creamy dairy product can be found everywhere in Estonia, whether it's dessert menus or dairy aisles at the grocery store. Look for quark pudding and chocolate-covered bars called kohuke, as well as yoghurt and sour cream.
Butter is also an essential ingredient of Estonian cooking, especially when it comes to desserts. It's the secret ingredient to flaky, melt-in-your-mouth pastries, cinnamon rolls, and handheld apple pies. Walk around the Rotterman Quarter of Tallinn, and your nose will guide you to treats fresh out of the oven at RØST and Levier Cafe.
Head to local farms for pure, creative tastes. At Nopri Farm you can watch the making of cheese from curds, yoghurt, cottage cheese, and other milk products, and shop for and taste different products. It gets truly hands-on at the Estonian Dairy Museum, where visitors can make their own ice cream - yum!
Bon appetit! Or as they say in Estonia—head isu!