Sernik: Classic Polish Cheesecake

Polish Cheesecake sernik recipe

Sernik: Classic Polish Cheesecake

Course Dessert
Cuisine Polish
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 250g
  • 3.5 oz butter 100g
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 2 egg yolks

For the cheese part:

  • 1.65 lb farmer's cheese 750g
  • 1.5 cup sugar 300g
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar 30g
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tbsp semolina
  • 2/3 cup raisins 100g
  • 2 tbsp orange zest or candied orange peel
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Flour out the flour, butter, sugar, yolks and salt quickly. Leave 1/4 of the cake to decorate the cheesecake, put the rest on the bottom and a low edge of the cake (preferably square, 24x24 cm).

  2. Knead the flour, butter, sugar, yolks and salt into a dough. Leave out 1/4 of the dough to decorate the cheesecake later. Grease the mold (e.g. square 9x9inch/24x24cm) and line with dough.

  3. Place in preheated oven (200°C/390°F) for 10 minutes.

For the cheese part:

  1. Grind farmer's cheese in a meat grinder. Whisk the butter into a fluffy mass, combine with the cheese. 

  2. Combine sugar with egg yolks, add to the mass. Add semolina, raisins and orange peel. Mix thoroughly.

  3. Whip the egg whites. Carefully combine with the cheese mass.

Putting it together

  1. Spread the cheese onto a semi-baked cake. Smooth on top. 

  2. Decorate with the remaining raw dough. To do this, form thin rolls from the dough (or roll out and form thin strips), and arrange them on the cheesecake. Brush with a beaten egg.

  3. Put the cheesecake in the medium-heated oven (180°C/356°F), bake for about 40 minutes. When done & cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar or decorate with icing. Garnish the top with orange peel and raisins.

Recipe Notes

The cake top can be omitted - as per the photo.