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West Ukrainian Cheese Cake

August 13th, 2011 in Desserts by
Total cooking time: 1h 30min
West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk)

This cake is similar to the cheese cakes so popular in west part of the globe. However this one is made from quark cheese (fresh farmers cheese), not from the cream cheese.

It is very popular dessert treat in West Ukraine. It is often being made with raisins, however I don’t like raisins, so I am doing it without any filling. Just add them if you like.

During the baking this cake will rise in the oven, and then it will fall down a bit while colling down. That i s ok, just important not to open oven while baking or cooling.

To make up for a bit uneven shape, you can cut uneven sides off before serving it.

Ingredients:


How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 1
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 1
  2. Turn on oven on 375F to warm it up. Melt butter in a bowl (I used microwave):
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 2
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 2
  3. Grease baking pan with some of the butter:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 3
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 3
  4. Dust baking pan with semolina flour:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 4
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 4
  5. Separate egg whites from egg yolks, put whites into the mixer bowl:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 5
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 5
  6. And yolks into the separate bowl:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 6
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 6
  7. Add half of the sugar to the bowl with yolks and mix it with yolks using spoon:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 7
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 7
  8. Start beating egg whites with white attachment, once doubled in volume add rest of the sugar, portion by portion, then continue to beat until foam is thick and stable:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 8
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 8
  9. While whites are beating blend farmers cheese until homogeneous (I use deep bowl and hand blender, but you can use food processor for this and several next steps):
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 9
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 9
  10. Add egg yolks and sugar mix:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 10
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 10
  11. And melted butter:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 11
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 11
  12. Mix good:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 12
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 12
  13. Squeeze juice of one lemon in:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 13
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 13
  14. Add vanilla sugar:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 14
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 14
  15. And 2 table spoons of semolina flour and mix:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 15
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 15
  16. Beaten egg whites should look like this by now:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 16
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 16
  17. Carefully mix beaten whites into the cheese batter with vertical slicing movements, portion by portion:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 17
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 17
  18. Work through the rest of the beaten whites and you will get tender fluffy cheese batter like this:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 18
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 18
  19. Carefully move batter to the baking pan:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 19
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 19
  20. And even it up with a spatula:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 20
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 20
  21. Then put to the oven warmed up to 375F for 15 mins, then turn temperature to 350F and continue baking for 45 mins more:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 21
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 21
  22. Then turn the heat off and let cake cool down till room temperature inside the oven, don’t open the oven; once cooled remove cake from the baking pan and put to the fridge (over night sounds good);
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 22
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 22
  23. Next morning cake is ready, slice it up:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 23
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 23
  24. And serve for breakfast or dessert with coffee and tea:
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 24
    West Ukrainian Cheese Cake (Syrnyk) Recipe: Step 24
Enjoy!

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Liliya
9 months 22 hours ago

Hi,

Can you please write how many cups or butter sticks is in 3.5 oz butter?
Thanks

Liliya
11 months 10 days ago

Thank you very much for the recipe. It turned out really good. Very delicious cheesecake. My husband approved!:)))))

Jo
1 year 5 months ago

Can this be frozen? I have Chernobyl children arriving in a couple of weeks and so would like to prepare some dishes they will be familiar with before they come and just get them put of the freezer when I need the. Is that possible with this recipe?

Ira Tir
3 years 3 months ago

What size is the pan?

Simon
3 years 10 months ago

Thank you for sharing that recipe. I love Ukrainian desserts. Can you give me a rough idea of how many cups 1.5lb make?

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