Polish Style Chocolate Crumble & Walnut Cheesecake

My mother loves cheesecake so for her 68th birthday we decided to surprise her with Polish style chocolate crumble cheesecake topped with walnuts.

As far as remember she has never made one herself so this recipe is based on a cheesecake I found online years ago and made many versions of it since, but for the first time with the nuts.

The result was really good, everyone loved it, even the kids who are usually rather sceptical about cheesecakes.

Polish cheesecake recipe


for the cheese layer

  • 450 g cream cheese (full fat)
  • 3 medium eggs + 1 egg white (yolk will be used for crumb layer)
  • ¾ cup icing sugar
  • 1½ tbs potato flour (or other starch, for instance: arrowroot)
  • ½ tbs vanilla extract

sernik recipe Polish cheesecake

for the chocolate crumb layer

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg yolk (egg white will be used for cheese layer)
  • ½ cup golden caster sugar
  • 1½ tbs cocoa powder
  • 75 g unsalted butter – a little bit more than half a bar (chopped and softened) + some more butter to butter the tin

for the topping

  • 1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts


  • 9” (22,8 cm) round cake tin lined with baking paper
  • whisk

Polish style chocolate crumble cheesecake


  1. Place all ingredients for chocolate crumbs in a bowl and mix with your hands until well combined and have crumb texture.
  2. Spread ⅔ of the  dough crumbs on the bottom of buttered tin, even and press them slightly down.
  3. In another bowl combine all ingredients for cheese layer, except for the egg white – beat it to add at the end.
  4. Carefully pour cheese mixture over dough crumbs in the tin.
  5. Combine the rest of the crumbs with walnuts and sprinkle over the cake.
  6. Bake in the oven preheated to 180°C (356°F) for about 1 hour 10 minutes.
  7. When you are half way with baking you can reduce temperature to 150°C (302°F).
  8. Use wooden skewer to check if cheese is set properly before removing from the oven.
  9. Once cheesecake is baked, leave it to cool down completely, cover in the tin with cling film and place in the fridge for couple hours or even overnight.
  10. Serve cold.

Makes 10 – 12 servings.


Walnuts can be substituted with pecans or even hazelnuts.


You may also want to try Strawberry Crumb Cheesecake or Blueberry & Chocolate Crumb Cheesecake that are made with similar crumble crust.

As the recipe has been recreated from my childhood memories and I used here inherited after my granny set of tableware, I’m adding this to the Inheritance Recipes that we co-host together with Solange of Pebble SoupFebruary Inheritance Recipes link-up is hosted by Solange so pop over to her blog to add links to your inherited recipes!

traditional Polish recipes passed from generation to generation

I have also some exciting news to share with you, Coffee & Vanilla will be taking Ancestry DNA tests shortly so we may discover some exciting roots that will inspire even more Inheritance Recipes, stay tuned…

For more cheesecake recipe ideas take a look at Angela’s Eton Mess Cheesecake, Jacqueline’s Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake, Choclette’s Chocolate & Lime Cheesecake Surprise, Helen’s Individual Berry Cheesecakes or Camilla’s Instant Orange Cheesecakes.

Your thoughts…

  1. This is gorgeous, i love how the cream cheese filling is encased in the crumble mixture. And thanks for reminding me to join in Inheritance recipes.

  2. Thank you Shaheen, you are welcome :)

  3. Wow this is fab Margot, Hope you mum loved this version as much as we like looking at it. Thanks for linking to #inheritancerecipes

  4. Yes, she loved it Solange. We made two versions on the same day and by next morning all of them were gone ;)

  5. Awe! Mouth watering one.. Very eager to taste it. Since I go to office during weekdays, I have added this to my weekend chart. Hope I don’t spoil it. Thanks for the yummy delight Margot :)

  6. Thank you Pamela!! Please report back once you have made it, we are very curious to hear your thoughts ;)

  7. That looks fantastic! I love the way the chocolate crumble wraps around the cheesecake filling – yum. Will have to give this a go soon :-)

  8. Thank you Helen :)

  9. Simply love this cheesecake Margot looks so inviting plus great textures and flavours:-) Thanks for mentioning my recipe:-)

  10. Thank you Camilla, my pleasure ;)

  11. I haven’t heard of a cheesecake like this but it looks delicious!

  12. I love the way the chocolate crumble wraps around the cheesecake. Will be making this a recipe for my family.

  13. Thanks for the recipe Margot. I hope your mom like it.
    Will try make some for my kids and my parents when we visit them this weekend. Hope I can make a good cake

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