Monday, May 18, 2009

Farmer's Cheese Cake with Apples

I did some tweaking in my old and all-time popular post: how to make your own farmer's cheese (also known as curd cheese and, in Russian, tvorog). Check it out and give cheesemaking a shot. What can you do with a few cups of farmer’s cheese? Make cheesecake. Cakes and pastries with farmer’s cheese are very popular in Russia and Eastern Europe.

One of my favorite dessert recipes comes from the excellent Estonian food blog Nami Nami. It’s for an airy curd-cheesecake with grated apples. I’ve made it once before, for Thanksgiving. Here's a slightly revised version:

Preheat the oven to 370. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.

Finely chop 1/4 cup each of apricots and dried plums (don’t call them prunes). Place in a small bowl, along with 1/4 cup raisins, and cover with boiling hot water. Put aside.

Combine 60 grams flour, ½ tsp. baking power, 50 grams sugar and ¾ tsp. cinnamon in a bowl. Peel, core and finely chop two large apples, preferably a tart variety like Granny Smith. Separate two eggs, and beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks.

In another bowl, mix 250 grams farmer’s cheese, 100 grams sour cream or Greek yogurt and ½ tsp. vanilla extract. Fold in the dry ingredients. Add the apples and the egg yolks; drain the dried fruit and add to the mixture; then add the egg whites. Mix well.

Pour the batter into the pie pan; bake 45-55 minutes, or until the top of the cake is firm and golden-brown. Let cool before eating, but serve warm, if possible. Goes great with strawberry jam.


Rozmin said...

Mmm sounds great! But, I'll have to call them prunes, since I'm in a French speaking country. :-D

Lo said...

Mmm. I can just envision the texture of this cake. Bet it's positively delicious.

Unknown said...

Interesting recipe! I could just imagine how it would melt in my mouth and caress my taste buds...yes I'm drooling! Thanks for sharing. Hope you wouldn't mind having Foodista readers directed to your blog. It's easy, just add your choice of widget and you're all set!

Mrs. M. said...

Rozmin-I hate saying "prunes" because that word has such an unfavorable connotation. Doesn't "dried plums" sound better?

Lo-It was one of the lightest, fluffiest cakes I've ever had.

Desmone-Thanks for stopping by. I never mind having readers directed to my blog.

adele said...

Oooh. I like the sound of this very much. I guess I should try making farmer's cheese? :)

- AbsolutStoli said...

oooh, i might have to try this tomorrow. i was going to make a tvorog babka, kind of like my dad used to make when i was a kid, but this sounds like a lot more interesting. :) as long as i have all the ingredients...hehe

Dima said...

My wife saw this and now she wants me to make some, we just got our tvorog in the oven will be ready soon.

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