Cheesecake (sernik) is a traditional and next to apple pie (szarlotka) one of the most popular Polish desserts. There are countless varieties to try, moist or more dry, with crust or crustless, topped with fruits, chocolate or crumble, with raisins or without, baked or prepared without baking…What do they all have in common? They are made primarily using curd cheese (twarog). This cheese needs to be ground to be smoother (use meat grinder or alternatively food proceesor). It is a time consuming task but thanks to it the cheesecake has a light and fluffy texture. If you can’t find dry curd cheese or you don’t have enough time, you can replace it by cream cheese. However, the texture won’t be the same! Every family has its secret recipe and so does mine. Just try it, you will be impressed!
- At room temperature:
- 1kg curd cheese, minced once
- 8 eggs
- 200 g butter
- 300 g sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp potato flour
- 300g (frozen or fresh) raspberries
- 2-3 tbsp powdered sugar
- 5g gelatin
- Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease the baking pan* with butter.
- Mix egg yolks with sugar and beat until light yellow and creamy. Add cheese and butter and continue mixing until smooth and creamy. Add flour and baking powder and mix shortly.
- In a separate bowl beat the egg whites to stiff peaks form.
- Carefully, spoon by spoon, fold egg whites to cheese mixture and gently stir until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the baking pan.
- Bake 60 minutes. Turn oven off, open slightly oven door, let cheesecake cool completely in oven. Run a knife around the edge of baking pan to prevent the top from cracking.
- After cooling, decorate, for instance, with raspberry mousse**.
**Raspberry mousse: Put gelatin into a saucepan and sprinkle with 3 spoons of water. Put aside for 5 minutes to allow gelatin to soften. In the meantime blend raspberries with sugar. Heat the mousse over medium heat, add gelatin and stir constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Pour the mixture on cheesecake and place into fridge for about 2 hours or until set.