West Ukrainian Cheese Cake

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

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:

  • 1.5lb of fresh farmers cheese (quark)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3.5oz of butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of semolina flour + a bit for dusting the baking pan
  • Juice of half of small lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla sugar

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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11 Responses to “West Ukrainian Cheese Cake”

  1. Nav says:

    In step 10, when you say “add egg yolk and sugar mix” and also the addition of the other ingredients in subsequent steps, are they being added to the egg whites? And afterwards, it’s that egg white mix with the rest of the ingredients which you add to the cheese batter? Sorry if the query sounds silly but I really want to try this and don’t want to mess it up. :-P

    • At step 7 you mix egg yolks with half of all sugar the recipe calls, then at step 8 you mix remaining half of the sugar with egg whites.

      The recipe says to mix beaten egg whites at the very end, so the fluffiness of it isn’t destroyed by mixing it too much. So generally yes, you prepare cheese batter and fold in egg whites (beaten with half of the sugar) at the very end.

      I did experiment couple of times and mixed eggs together with sugar into cheese batter w/o separating egg whites from egg yolks, and I must say the result was not bad as well with a bit less of cleaning required.

  2. Ilona says:

    OH my this looks super yummy… Cannot wait to try it.. Just made some tvorog and now i need to find what to do with it… quick question? what is semolina flour? will regular baking flour work for this?

  3. Ilona says:

    A ok yes i know what that is..Thanks

  4. Simon says:

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

    • The volume would depend on consistency of the cheese, I am afraid. But you can see how much cheese I used for that exact cake on first picture in the recipe (“Prepare ingredients” step).

  5. Ira Tir says:

    What size is the pan?

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