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Authentic German Cheesecake

Looking for a new cheesecake recipe? Hungry for a taste of Germany? Try this authentic German cheesecake!

Author: Int'l Desserts Blog
Ingredients
Crust
  • 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)
Filling
  • 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
Instructions
Crust
  1. Combine sifted flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, sugar, and vanilla sugar or extract. 

  2. Cut in the cold butter. Add the beaten egg and then use your hands to form into a dough. 

  3. Wrap dough in plastic and chill in the fridge for an hour.

  4. 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. 

  5. Roll dough out once more and then transfer to a prepared 9-inch springform pan. (See photos above for how to fold and transfer the dough to the springform pan.) Use your fingers to press the dough so that it evenly covers the bottom and all the way up the sides of the pan. 

Filling
  1. 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 or pureed cottage cheese) and beat one more time until everything is thoroughly combined.

  2. Beat egg whites and salt to stiff peaks in a separate bowl. Fold egg whites and sifted cornstarch into cheesecake batter. 

  3. Pour cheesecake batter into a 9-inch springform pan and bake on 300F for about 60 minutes. (My cheesecake 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. 

  4. 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!

Recipe Notes

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