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Authentic German Cheesecake

Rated as 4.65 out of 5 Stars
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"My mom searched for years for an authentic German cheesecake recipe, but Germans use 'quark', an ingredient not readily available in the U.S. This recipe uses cottage cheese in place of quark and makes its own crust while baking."
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Ingredients

7 h 30 m servings 371
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 cheesecake)

Directions

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  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Mix together the sugar, cornstarch, and flour and set aside.
  2. Combine the cream cheese and cottage cheese; beat with an electric mixer at high speed until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the softened butter. Gradually add the sugar mixture, beating until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, blending well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla and mix just until smooth.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake rest in the oven with the door closed for 2 hours. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Chill for 4 hours or overnight.

Footnotes

  • Editor's Note:
  • If you can find quark, substitute it for the cottage cheese in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 371 calories; 24.1 30.1 9.9 129 342 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

I lived in Germany many years ago and loved eating cheesecake, but the cheesecake recipes in the US are very different. This recipe is the closest I've found to a traditional German cheesecake.

Most helpful critical review

Okay, I hate having to give this a bad review. Okay here we go. I made 2 of these, one with the ingredients listed with cottage cheese, and the 2nd with quark(in the place of cottage cheese), si...

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I lived in Germany many years ago and loved eating cheesecake, but the cheesecake recipes in the US are very different. This recipe is the closest I've found to a traditional German cheesecake.

Delicious! If anyone wants to play with these ingredients, I found some substitutions for quark (which is what real german cheesecake is made of)...here they are... Note: There are 3 substitu...

Okay, I hate having to give this a bad review. Okay here we go. I made 2 of these, one with the ingredients listed with cottage cheese, and the 2nd with quark(in the place of cottage cheese), si...

The reviewer who stated that this recipe was bad must not know REAL cheesecake. This was soooo good. If you are looking for something sickeningly sweet, then pass on this recipe. If you like ...

I've only ever used quark for cheesecake... A nice touch is mixing some canned peaches (coarsely diced) into the batter before baking. This is what my German grandma always does for hot summer a...

I uploaded a recipe for QUARK because I and probably lots of other Germans miss it greatly. If you use the Quark instead of the cottage and cream cheese the cheesecake is very smooth and delicio...

Hedging my bets, I used a 9 in. cake pan with parchment paper, sprayed it with Pam, filled and baked it in a water bath. I wanted to add a crust to the bottom, so I found some German cookies. I ...

I disagree with the previous poster who said this wasn't authentic German. Cheesecake in Germany is very different than cheesecake here; this is the closest I've found to what I remember having ...

We like this cheesecake very much. We found it when looking for a recipe for my son to make for German class for Octoberfest. We liked it so well we made it again, and again. We use cottage chee...