Käsekuchen (German Cheesecake) Recipe

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This authentic German family recipe for cheesecake uses the European Quark instead of cream cheese for a moist, delicious dessert that is much lighter than American cheesecakes.

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Cheesecake (German Käsekuchen) Recipe
Course Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine German
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 60-70 minutes
Servings
cheesecake
Ingredients
Filling
Course Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine German
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 60-70 minutes
Servings
cheesecake
Ingredients
Filling
Instructions
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease a 10-inch (25 cm) springform pan with butter and coat with breadcrumbs.
  2. Slightly beat the egg. Cut it into ½ cup (113 g) butter and 2/3 cup (130g) sugar in a bowl.
  3. Put the flour in a separate bowl and pour the wet mixture over it. Combine well with your hands. Dough should be rather dry and form a ball.
  4. Press dough evenly into pan on bottom and around sides to ¼ inch (0.5 cm) thick.
Filling and Baking
  1. Beat all filling ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Pour filling into prepared crust. It’s fine if the batter rises above the crust on the sides of the pan.
  3. Bake 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
  4. Let cool and release from pan. Serve warm or chilled.
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Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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Simple yet delicious Irish soda bread! Bakes up crusty in an iron skillet; you can serve fresh bread for pennies!

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Bread, Irish Soda, Recipe
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 to 45 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 to 45 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients thoroughly in large
 mixing bowl.
  3. Rub the softened butter into the dry ingredients to make a very fine crumb.
  4. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk. Work the
 liquid into the flour mixture using a fork until the dough just comes 
together.
  5. Turn the dough out and knead a few times until the loose flour is just moistened. The dough will still be very wet and ragged.
  6. Form a loaf and place in a cast iron skillet. Score a deep cross
on top.
  7. Place in oven and bake until nicely
 browned and a knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center, 40 to 45 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter if desired.
  9. Cool for at least 30 minutes 
before slicing. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

Use a cookie sheet if you don't have an iron skillet; however, the crust won't be as crunchy. Soda bread is best eaten the same day it's baked, but it will keep fairly well for a couple of days if covered tightly.

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