Do you know that feeling when you really badly want some fluffy moist cake but all bakeries are closed? Well fear no more! This German Cheesecake recipe is super easy and done in about 1 hour.
In Germany we love cake in the afternoon with a cup of coffee or tea. On Sundays most bakeries are closed or close around noon so if you feel like cake you’re out of luck most of the time. Exceptions are if you drive into the city. There you might be able top find some open cafés. But honestly once I’m in my yoga pants (which is my Sunday stable) nobody can get me out of those. So I usual look what’s in my pantry and go from there.
A really traditional German cakes is a sort of cheesecake. But probably not the one you’re familiar with if you’re from the states. It’s a really fluffy and light cake. It’s made with Quark which is a fresh dairy product popular in European countries. If you wonder how to say it: It is pronounced “kvarg”.
If you can’t get your hands on Quark try Plain Greek Yogurt or Ricotta Cheese. I haven’t tried it myself but heard it works just fine as a substitute.
For the shortcrust mix all the dough ingredients until you have a smooth consistency. Evenly spread it into a spring form and add create a border.
For the filling separate the eggs. Whisk the egg whites till they’re stiff and set aside. Now mix Quark, Sugar, Flour, Butter, egg yolks and the splash of milk. Once it’s all creamy and smooth fold in the egg whites. This gives it the super fluffy consistency.
Now fill the quark cream into the spring from. For an extra twist I added drops of food coloring on top of the batter. I used a toothpick to swirl the drops so you get this nice pattern. It’s the first time I tried it but if you want try it you I recommend to make bigger drops than me. Than you might be able to make them look like hearts. Which would look great for Valentines Day, Mother’s Day or just any other special occasion.
Another variation that you could do is adding some lemon juice and lemon zest to the batter. It gives it a nice refreshing touch and it’s a great way to get out of the usual cheesecake routine. You could also replace part of the regular sugar in the filling with homemade vanilla sugar which will also boost the flavor.
Bake it in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for about an hour.
With this Blogpost I participate in the Blogparade „Kulinarisch um die Welt“ from Lavendelblog. Where she asked Bloggers to write down their favorite dessert dishes from all over the world.