polish goodies

My mum’s best cheesecake recipe 🙂 Soft, “wet”, creamy… The best!

For the bottom of the cake:

  • 1 egg + extra yolk
  • 4 Tbs of sugar
  • 125g butter (melted)
  • flour (as my mum says “the amount that is needed – as much as eggs and butter take to create nice soft bowl of pastry”)

Beat eggs with sugar until white. Add butter (not hot!) and flour and combine together with your hands until soft and smooth. Put it on the bottom of the baking tray.

For the cheese filling:

  • 1kg of ground polish “white cheese” or quark (around 10% fat)
  • 3 eggs
  • 250g butter, soft
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tbs potato flour
  • large handful of raisins (soften in hot water)
  • large handful of candied orange skin

Combine everything together except the whites of the eggs. Do not leave to big chunks of butter (you may need to use your hands to get rid of the bigger chunks). Beat the whites  until stiff and add it to the mixture. Pour over prepared bottom of the cake and bake in 190C for 50-60 minutes.

And the poppy seed cake based on this recipe. Delicious!

koch – a childhood memory

This is my favourite childhood cake! My mum used to do it for my birthdays (well she sometimes still does it). It is simple and for me better than any cake:)

  • 4 wheat flour rolls
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 kg of cherries
  • 6 Tbs of sugar

1. Remove stones from cherries.

2. Soak rolls in water until completely wet and squeeze hard to remove as much water as you can.

3. Whip yolks with sugar until white.

4. Beat whites until firm foam.

5. Mix cherries, yolks and rolls. Carefully add whites to the mixture and bake for 40 minuets in 180-200C until slightly brown. Serve WARM with cream and sugar.