Ashkenazi-Style Cheesecake

November 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

When I was a kid, a family tradition was to get to choose a favorite cake for our birthday dinner. As far as I can remember, which isn’t saying much these days, my brother chose 7-Layer Cake and I chose a cheesecake that came from the local grocery store. This cake was known to our family as Grand Union cheesecake. Unfortunately, the store chain went out of business, taking its baked goods with them, and I was forced to live without.

Many years later, while visiting a family member, an avid baker in France, I was served some cheesecake that he had made. To my surprise it was the Grand Union cheesecake of my childhood memory. He was kind enough to share.

16 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
squeeze of lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces sour cream
3 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 F

Grease a pan (either round or rectangular, but 9 inches is the smallest)

Beat egg whites to stiff peaks and set aside
lightly beat yolks (reserve 1 tablespoon and set aside)
combine cream cheese and yolks
add sugar, lemon, vanilla, sour cream, and flour
fold in whites until well combined

Pour batter into prepared pan
glaze with reserved egg yolk mixed with a splash of water
place on a baking sheet
bake for 1 hour

The cake will soufflé and then collapse on itself.

Let cool completely and then refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

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