One of the most popular cakes in Poland is cheesecake. There are endless numbers of recipes. There are people who like it more moist and some who prefer it more dry. Some prefer it with a base, other without. But a typical Polish cheesecake is made with twaróg (a curd cheese) and bakalie.
TWARÓG – If you are living in Ireland, you will find it in any Polish shop, or even in Tesco or Fresh. It comes with different fat content – full fat, half fat and non fat. For cheesecakes the best one is full fat.
To use it in cheesecake you need to grind it 2 to 3 times in a meat grinder to make it smoother. You can also find a preprepared grind cheese in shops, but you must be careful, because some of these products are adding butter, sugar and other extras you don’t really want.
BAKALIE – It is the word I miss so much. Bakalie is a mix of raisins, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, candied orange zest, dry apricots and plums. There are no rules on proportions, it always to your own liking. So it is very useful word, you mention to add a handfull of bakalie into a cake or muffins and you don’t have to list.
My mum loves cheesecake with a big amount of raisins. As a child I always removed them, now I can take it, but if I am one to decide what to add, I will go for candied orange zest and almonds.
Anyway this cheesecake is really delicious, moist and rich, very festive. Like all cheesecakes it has a tendency to lower itself after cooling down, but it is typical and it tastes delicious anyway, so don’t worry. So come one, try it. It is worth it.
Recipe from Moje wypieki
(for a 23x35cm baking tin, half of the portion works well with 23-cm spring form )
- 250g butter, room temperature
- 1,3 kg full-fat or half fat curd cheese, minced at least twice
- 10 large eggs, whites and yolks separately
- 450g caster sugar
- 6 Tbsp semolina (Polish - kasza manna)
- 40g custard powder (Polish - budy?)
- seeds from 2 vanilla pods + 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup double cream (30% fat)
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup your favourite dried fruits (raisins or candied orange peel)