Russian Cheesecake - Zapekanka

Total Time
50mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

I asked a Russian coworker if there was a good Russian dessert for me to bring to a potluck. This is what he suggested. It is supposed to be served hot but it is good cold as well. If you do not like raisins, try blueberries or raspberries instead.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Drain cottage cheese in a sieve.
  3. Mix sugar and 2 Tbsp butter. Add eggs, semolina and 3 tsp vanilla sugar.
  4. Gently stir in curds then fold in raisins.
  5. Grease a 9-inch round pan with butter, coat with flour. Carefully pour mixture into pan, smooth evenly.
  6. Bake on middle rack for 30 minutes.
  7. Melt remaining butter. Pour on top, spreading evenly. Broil for 5 minites to brown top.
  8. Mix sour cream with vanilla sugar and sugar. Serve like whipped cream. (Dollop on top or on side).
Most Helpful

5 5

Used this instead of a cake for my 2yo's birthday. Used frozen blueberries for the inside, fresh blueberries over a think layer of thick sour cream for the top. The kids gobbled it up - even the ones who "hate dairy" - and the adults enjoyed whatever bites they could get. Look for russian cottage cheese - tvorog - in local cheese shops or small groceries for proper texture.