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Saturday, January 29, 2005
i found something neat on the internets!
A few weeks ago, I was looking in the Recipes to Share pool at Flickr, and came across this cheesecake entry called "'my cheesecake' with apples," made by a woman in St. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida). The photo looked so good, I figured I'd try to make it.

Verbatim, this is the recipe from the Flickr post:
that's a very Russian styled cheesecake as we don't have any Filadelphia cream cheese or Graham crackers :)) but love cheesecakes too... :)

a cup of flour (about 200 grams), sifted
about 100 gr of butter, melted
2 tablespoons of milk
a yolk

Combine everything together to make dough. Mix well. Put in a fridge for an hour. Then press into a form and bake in preheated oven about 20 minutes at 200'.

an egg-white
2 packs (400 gr) of curds
some hard cheese (I used Masdaam), grated (optional)
lemon juice

an apple :)

Beat up white of egg, add curds carefully and mix until smooth. Add lemon juice, raisins and grated cheese. Keep in a fridge for a while. Then spread over a crust. Cover with a layer of sliced apple. Cover with a foil and bake 15 minutes at 150'.

Cool. Sprinkle with cinnamon & enjoy.
The immediate issue was that pesky conversion out of metric. Thank god AGAIN for the internets, otherwise I'd not have the foggiest idea how much 400 grams weighs. Did we learn that in elementary school? I sure didn't. Anyway...

I had no curds. Whole Foods sometimes has them, but didn't. I used ricotta instead, since it was going to get smoothed anyway. I think it was a tad wet, but life's hard. Also, I had no Masdaam cheese, so I used Emmental. Other than that, it was pretty much the same. I probably could have made more dough for the bottom, and I did a sort of crappy job spreading it all out on the bottom of the springform pan, but all it all it was pretty darn good!

funky russian-inspired cheesecake
[click to embiggen]

Hooray for new things and sharing recipes from Russia!



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