Käsekuchen (German Cheesecake)

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Käsekuchen
Käsekuchen

This German cheesecake is a bit lighter than its American cousin. The filling is made with low-fat quark instead of cream cheese and egg foam is folded into the filling to give it a slightly fluffy consistency. Lemon and vanilla give the filling a fresh flavor.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 125 g butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 30 g sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2-3 tbsp water

Filling

  • 750 g quark (regular, not non-fat), see note for a substitution
  • 60 g melted unsalted butter
  • 125 g sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt

Preparation:

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt, then cut in the cold butter.
  • Add egg yolks and water. Then knead with your hands just until the dough is smooth.
  • Wrap in plastic foil and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  • Grease a 10 in / 25 cm spring form with butter.
  • Roll out the dough, then press it into the bottom and the sides of the spring form.
  • In a mixing bowl (or large food processor) combine quark, sugar, egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt. Beat until well blended then mix in the melted butter.
  • Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  • Carefully fold the egg foam into the quark mixture.
  • Pour mixture into the spring form.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes (or until done). The top should be lightly browned and the filling should be set.
  • Turn off oven, open door and let cool for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove form from oven, run a knife around the edge and open the spring form.
  • Transfer cake to a plate or platter. Let cool well before serving.

Note: A good substitution for the quark is low-fat cottage cheese, just place it in a food processor, add a bit of milk and process until very smooth.

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