Friday, December 20, 2019

Sirnek (Ukrainian Cheesecake) #CakeSliceBakers

This cake from Ukraine is made with Farmer's Cheese and studded with dried cranberries then covered with chocolate topping.  It is unlike your traditional New York Style Cheesecake but no less delicious.

It was my selection from the options given for this month's Cake Slice Bakers.......

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The European Cake Cookbook by Tatyana Nesteruk. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

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December 2019 is the final month we will be baking from The European Cake Cookbook and our tradition is that we have free choice of any of the cakes in the book ~
Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake
Sirnek (Ukrainian Cheesecake)
Strawberries and Cream Crepe Cake
Apple Sharlotka
Triple-Chocolate Swiss Roll
Mozart Torte
Toscaka Torte

This was one of the desserts I offered on Thanksgiving along with the pumpkin and apple pie.  The consensus was that had they not been expecting "cheesecake" they would have enjoyed it more.  "It's good but it's not cheesecake".   

I did modify the recipe that was in the cookbook.  Traditionally Sirnek is made with Farmer's Cheese.  The author used strained cottage cheese.  We have a lot of Polish families in Michigan so Farmer's Cheese is easily available.  I used it for this cake.  The author said that dried cherries were traditional for this cake but that raisins or other fruit could be used instead.  I used dried cranberries because, after all, it was Thanksgiving.

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Desserts, Cheesecake
Yield: 12 servings

Sirnek (Ukranian Cheesecake)

Sirnek (Ukranian Cheesecake)

This cake from Ukraine is made with Farmer's Cheese and studded with dried cranberries then covered with chocolate topping. It is unlike your traditional New York Style Cheesecake but no less delicious.
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 2 H & 30 Mtotal time: 2 H & 50 M


  • 1 1/2 lbs. Farmer's Cheese
  • 2 T. cornstarch 
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1  c. sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 3/4 c. chocolate chips


How to cook Sirnek (Ukranian Cheesecake)

  1. Place the cheese,  milk, cornstarch and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, mix the sugar and eggs on high speed until  pale and voluminous, 7-10 minutes.  Fold in the cheese mixture, orange zest and cranberries.
  3. Pour into a springform pan that has been lined with parchment on the bottom and double wrapped in aluminum foil on the outside.  Place into a roasting pan and carefully add boiling water until about 1/3 of the way up the outside of the  springform pan.  
  4. Bake in a preheated 325* oven for 2 hours, then turn off the oven and leave the cake inside for another 30 minutes.  
  5. Once the cake has completely cooled, remove the sides of the pan and place the cheesecake onto a serving platter.  
  6. Heat the cream until it is steaming hot but not boiling.  Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and pour the hot cream over it.  Let stand for a few minutes and then stir until smooth.  Pour the glaze over the top of the cake smoothing with a spatula.


Adapted from a recipe found in The European Cake Cookbook by Tanya Nesteruk
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    1. Oh my heavens that looks and sounds divine! Putting that on my list for sure!

    2. I'm so glad someone baked this one! And how wonderful that you were able to use local farmer's cheese to make it even more authentic. Looks wonderful :)

    3. I don't think I've ever tasted Farmers Cheese and this cake looks delicious.


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