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Russian Farmer’s Cheese Cake (Zapekanka) Творожная Запеканка

ЗапеканкаThis popular Russian classic Farmer’s Cheese Breakfast Cake has a creamy, cheesy and delicious
flavor and super smooth texture; which is an absolute childhood favorite for many Slavic
people. It’s a typical breakfast or simple dessert with tea, served with dollop of smetana (sour
cream) and a spoon of jam or honey.
There are many variations of Zapekanka but here is my recipe for a perfect one.

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Servings: 6


2 cups Tvorog (Farmer’s cheese) or Ricotta cheese
3 eggs
Splash of Vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. Sugar
4 Tbsp. Semolina
3 Tbsp. Butter
2 Tbsp. Sour Cream
Pinch of Salt


    Heat oven to 350 degrees.
    Line and grease the bottom of 8 inch springform baking pan with parchment paper.
    In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with pinch of salt until light and fluffy. In a large bowl, smooth cottage cheese with a folk or electric mixer; add sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, extract, melted butter, sour cream and semolina; mix well.Add beaten egg whites and gently mix to combine.Transfer the batter to the baking pan and bake for about 1 hr.
    Let it cool completely.
    Serve with sour cream and your favorite jam. Enjoy!