POLISH STYLE CHEESECAKE OF MY CHILDHOOD

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, partially drained (just not dry)
  • CHEESECAKE FILLING
  • 750 g about 30 oz farmer cheese (I used a brand called Friendship found with the cream cheese packages)
  • 150 g about 2/3 cup sugar (or SPLENDA)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 50 g about 2 tbsp potato starch or potato flour (or cornstarch)
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Pan sizes: 9x13 or 11x17-inches, depending on how high you want the cake. (I use 2 disposable foil pans, one inside the other. To remove from the pan after baking, I loosen the sides then cut the pan and peel it away).
  • OR you can line the foil pans with foil ;), and lift it out to cut.
  • COOKIE DOUGH:
  • Mix flour, baking powder, 1/2 cup sugar, and margarine.
  • Work as for pie dough.
  • Then add beaten eggs and milk.
  • Pat in pan which has been greased on bottom and sides.
  • Cover dough with pineapple.
  • CHEESECAKE FILLING:.
  • Cream the cheese with the sugar until very smooth.
  • Add lemon juice, salt and potato starch.
  • Add eggs yolks and beat slightly.
  • Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  • Fold into the cheese mixture.
  • Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and fold into cheese mixture.
  • Pour cheese over pineapple.
  • TO BAKE:.
  • Bake for about one hour.
  • Test with knife in center to see if done

Notes

I am of Polish ancestry (both parents were Polish) and this is the recipe I came across recently that seems to be like the cheesecake we had at Easter when I was a child. This uses farmer's cheese or cottage cheese and Splenda. You can use regular sugar as well. The following note is what drew me to this recipe, because the cheesecake I had as a child was very dense and heavy: "NOTE: I found this filling to be heavy and dry, which surprised me as I assumed all the whipped ingredients would lighten it. I was wrong."

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