Helen's Cheesecake

Total Time:
3 hr
Prep:
2 hr
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Butter for cake pan
  • Dough:
  • 6 ounces zwieback cookies, crumbed and mixed with 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup melted
  • butter
  • Filling:
  • 7 tablespoons softened butter
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 pounds farmer's cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Directions
  • Butter a 9-inch or 10-inch springform cake pan. Set aside 3/4 cup of the crumb dough to sprinkle over the top. Press crumb mixture on bottom and up sides of form (as much as will stick).

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix butter, egg yolks, sugar together. Add cheese, vanilla, grated rind and lemon juice, flour and baking powder. Beat 4 egg whites until peaked. Fold into cheese mixture and pour on top of dough. Add chopped walnuts to reserved crumb mixture and sprinkle mixture over the top.

  • Bake for 1 hour or until set. Turn off heat, open oven door and let stand for 1 hour or until cooled. Remove rim of spring form pan and set cake with its cake bottom on serving plate.


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