Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 0 mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. CRUST: In a large mixing bowl, blend all the ingredients, cutting in the butter and working the mixture with your hands until it is well mixed and workable.
  2. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
  3. Use one half to line the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan, the other half to line the sides of the pan.
  4. Either roll out the dough or press it in with your fingers.
  5. Chill before filling.
  6. CHEESECAKE: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. Press the cottage cheese through a sieve.
  8. Combine the cornstarch and the baking soda and set aside.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cottage cheese with the sugar, eggs, lemon rind and vanilla.
  10. Beat until very smooth.
  11. Add the dry mixture to the cheese and blend well.
  12. Stir in the sour cream and raisins.
  13. Pour the cheese mixture into the prepared crust and bake for one hour, or until done.
  14. The center will remain soft.
  15. Turn off the oven and prop the door open.
  16. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature.
  17. Serve at room temperature as well.
Most Helpful

Making the original "QUARK" for the cheese cake is very very easy ladies! I just found out a few weeks ago. I use my oval shaped insert from my crock pot to heat 1 gallon buttermilk (plus small heavy whipping cream if you want sahne quark) in oven at about 300 until it starts to separate then turn it down lower for the rest of the time. Turn oven off after 2 hours and let cool down in oven then pour slowly into a clean cheese cloth laid out in a colander then let it slowly drain overnight. I cover top with a piece of aluminum foil and place a heavy bowl on top to give it a little pressure) You then have perfect Quark left behind in the morning. Transfer in a plastic bowl and seal with lid and refrigerate until you use it. Also, if you do not want to make the quark, the best yogurt to use is greek from FAGE highest % fat is the best. Thats just my opinion and its a taste preference.

omasue September 06, 2014

Kayline is right. This looks exactely like the ones my mom and grandma made back in Germany. Yes they get brown on top ...oh I got such a craving for one by looking at the authentic pictures. I'll bake one tomorrow, just for me cause my kids and hubby do not like them. Can you imagine a whole springform of cheesecake just for you?! Love this recipe with the fruit , try to use raisins like I do, or cherries. Oh Yum. Think of this as just another version of cheescake, there are several versions in america ,too. Good tio with the propped oven door and the center of the cake still wet. Right on!

texasgal #3 July 24, 2009

I haven't made this recipe, but I would like to say that German cheesecake is much different from the "New York" cheesecake that most of us are used to eating and that may be why this recipe got some bad reviews. It has a much lighter texture and more delicate flavor. Also, my German MIL's is always VERY brown on top - looks almost burned but doesn't taste that way.

Kayline April 14, 2008