Is your cake ready now, Pam? And is it as good as it was supposed to be? :)
This recipe contains icing sugar ( cukier puder ), margarine, eggs,small amounts of cake and potato flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar, and Twaróg.
Yes, that's wiedeński all right. In some recipes there's butter instead of margarine and no wheat flour at all, just potato starch. And you can mix the cheese with raisins, orange peel and other goodies too. Because there's no pastry bottom, the cheese must be quite firm so you can't go wrong with plain twaróg. All traditional Polish cheesecakes were originally made from twaróg, long before processed cheese, homogenized cheese, bucket cheese and other such inventions. Soft, moist, Western-style cheesecakes are another story, even Philadelphia works with them.
Strzga, if you have a tried and trusted classic cheesecake recipe, you could always share it with me:):) Consider it your duty as a Polish citizen!
As a Polish citizen I love the New York style cheesecake ;) But here goes. This is my mum's recipe for cheesecake with peaches, my favourite:
3 cups of flour
250 gram butter or margarine (cold)
0.75 cup icing sugar
6 egg yolks (you'll need the whites later)
2 teaspoons baking powder
Mix the butter with flour (you can use a sharp knife), add yolks, sugar and baking powder, knead quickly and refrigerate for 2 hours.
1 kg twaróg, blended
250 g butter or margarine
1 cup icing sugar
2 eggs, whole
70 g potato starch (potato flour)
- mix or blend all the ingredients
6 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1-2 cans of peaches in syrup, drained
Spread 2/3 of the dough over the bottom of the baking pan, cover with cheese, even out and put peach halves on top of the cheese. Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then add 0.5 cup of sugar and whisk some more (add sugar slowly so the whites remain stiff). Spread the whisked whites evenly over the cheese and peaches. Grate the remaining 1/3 of the dough over everything. Bake for about 1 hour at 180 C.
Also, you should try the most traditional one, sernik krakowski:
a tried and trusted site, you can't go wrong with any of the recipes.
Am thinking of visiting Poznan next. If you've been, can you PM me?