I’ve got another cheesecake recipe for you! Another German cheesecake recipe. Yum! This cheesecake is light and creamy with a hint of lemon. One bite and you’ll swear you’re in Germany.
But don’t get out the cream cheese! This German cheesecake is made with quark.
Huh? What’s quark?
Quark is a fresh unaged cheese that’s popular in Germany and other European countries. It has the texture of a very thick Greek yogurt but tastes less tangy and sour. It’s also high in protein and is delicious spread on toast or combined with fresh berries – both make an excellent breakfast.
Quark is super easy to make at home (here are my step-by-step directions) but the good news is that if you don’t have time to make quark, you can substitute Greek yogurt – I do that all the time when I don’t have time to make quark before making a German cheesecake.
You’ll also want to put the graham cracker crumbs away because unlike cheesecake in the US, German cheesecake uses a short crust instead of cookie crumbs. The crust in this recipe is so tender, lightly sweet, and has a slight lemon flavor.
I served this cheesecake with fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries. It also tastes great plain. For next time I’m thinking about making a berry topping using Rote Grütze, which is another amazing German dessert. I’ll have to make a whole new cheesecake to try that, though, because this cheesecake didn’t last but a couple days.
If you’re looking for a new cheesecake to try or are just hungry for a taste of Germany, try this authentic German cheesecake!
German Cheesecake Recipe
Looking for a new cheesecake recipe? Hungry for a taste of Germany? Try this authentic German cheesecake!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 tsp vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp of vanilla extract)
- 1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 3 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp extract)
- 6 tbsp butter (room temp)
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups quark (or Greek yogurt)
- 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 3 egg whites
- pinch of salt
Combine sifted flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, sugar, and vanilla sugar or extract.
Cut in the cold butter. Add the beaten egg and then use your hands to form into a dough.
Wrap dough in plastic and chill in the fridge for an hour.
After the dough has chilled, form it into a disc and then roll it out on a floured surface. Shape dough into a disc again, and roll it out once or twice more. I found the dough very crumbly and hard to work with at first, but after I rolled it out twice, it became much easier to work with.
Roll dough out once more and then transfer to a prepared pan. The dough should cover the bottom and go all the way up the sides of the pan.
Beat the egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla sugar until pale. Add softened butter and continue beating until well combined. Add the heavy cream and beat again. Add quark (or Greek yogurt) and beat one more time until everything is well combined.
Beat egg whites and salt to stiff peaks in a separate bowl. Fold egg whites and sifted cornstarch into cheesecake mixture.
Pour mixture into the springform pan and bake on 300F for about 60 minutes. (Mine needed 70 minutes.) The cheesecake is done when the edges are browned and a toothpick comes out clean. The center of the cheesecake will be a bit wiggly and it will fall as it cools - that's normal.
Let the cheesecake cool on the counter for an hour and then several hours in the fridge. It's best to make this cheesecake the day before you want to serve it. Enjoy!
Based on this recipe from Diana's Desserts.
Step 1: Make the Crust
Step 2: Make the Cheesecake Filling
Step 3: Enjoy 🙂
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