this is one of the tastiest cake i know (and everyone who ever ate it asked me for the recipe)
and it's super easy and quick to prepare.
maybe it is not the original, original new york cheesecake but even my american friends are huge fans!
Step 1: The Ingredients
- 1 pack (200g) of Butterkekse
- 100g butter
- 330g each of cream cheese and quark
- 1 egg
- 180g of sugar
- 1 pack of vanilla sugar or vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
- 1 bowl (200g) of sour cream
- 1 springform tin (26 cm diameter)
- handheld mixer
- baking paper
i am from germany and butterkekse (butter cookies) and quark are easily available. i am not completely sure how you could subsitute them. maybe graham crackers and some sugar instead of the butter cookies and the double amount of cream cheese and no quark.
Step 2: Preparing the Tin
take a piece of baking paper and put it over the bottom of the springform pan before puttung it together. this way it will be much easier later to remove the cake from the tin once it is finished.
preheat the oven to 180 C.
Step 3: The Crust
crush the cookies:
- either put them in a freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin
- or put them in a big enough bowl and crush them with something heavy (like a meat tenderizer) - this is my favored method, see pictures
- or put them in a food processor
melt the butter in a pan or the microwave and mix it with the cookie crumbs.
put the crumb mixture into the prepared tin and push it flat evenly.
Step 4: The Cheese Filling
with the handheld mixer in a bowl mix the quark, cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla until everything is thoroughly mixed.
(you could also use a wire wisk)
pour on top of the cookie crumbs and flatten if necessary.
put the cake into the middle of the preheated oven and bake for 35 min.
Step 5: The Sour Cream Topping
take the cake out of the oven and spread the sour cream evenly on top. then put it back in the oven for 5 min.
this will not make a big difference on the taste, but the cake will have a nice white top and won't look yellowish.
take the cake out of the oven and leave it to cool completely.
i like to decorate it with a couple of dried flowers. (see picture from the intro)