[recipe inspired by Małe Co Nieco and my own memories from back home]
Cheesecake has been always one of my favorite desserts, but not any cheesecake… I’m not really fan of the no-bake jelly like cheesecakes. To me cheesecake should be baked, with crumbly crust and crumbly topping, just like I remember from my childhood.
for the cheese layer
- 900 g cream cheese (full fat)
- 6 medium eggs + 2 egg whites (yolks will be used for crumb layer)
- 1½ cup icing sugar
- 3 tbs potato flour (or other starch, for instance: arrowroot)
- 1 tbs vanilla extract or even better vanilla sugar
for the chocolate crumb layer
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 egg yolks (egg whites will be used for cheese layer)
- 1 cup golden caster sugar
- 3 tbs cocoa powder
- 150 g unsalted butter – a little bit more than half a bar (chopped and softened) + some more butter to butter the tin
- two 9” (22,8 cm) round non stick cake tins or 1 large square/rectangular brownie tin
- Place all ingredients for chocolate crumbs in a bowl and mix with your hands until well combined and have crumb texture.
- Spread ⅔ of the dough crumbs on the bottom of buttered tin/tins, even and press them slightly down.
- In another bowl combine all ingredients for cheese layer, except egg whites – beat them and add at the end.
- Carefully pour cheese mixture over dough crumbs in the tin, top with the rest of the crumbs and bake in the oven preheated to 180°C (356°F) for about 1 hour 10 minutes.
- When you are half way with baking you can reduce temperature to 150°C (302°F).
- Use wooden skewer to check if cheese did set properly before removing from the oven.
- 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.
- Serve cold.
Makes 16 – 24 servings.
For updated version of the same cheesecake take a look here: Polish Style Chocolate & Walnut Cheesecake.