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halva cheesecake

Cheesecake is proud to be placed last in my cake ranking, slightly losing to the poppy seed roll. Then there are cakes that I actually enjoy: apple pie, banoffee, carrot cake, raspberry tart, chocolate cake and, the reigning champion, meringue cake, preferably with pistachio cream filling.

This cake belongs the tremendous group of cheesecakes that don't taste like cheesecake. As one can easily assume, it tastes like halva.

Recipe: Crust

Ingredients
  • 200 g of butter biscuits
  • 2 tbsp of butter
Method
  • Finely crush the biscuits using a food processor, transfer into a bowl.
  • Melt the butter and combine with crushed biscuits. Place in a buttered springform pan.

Recipe: Filling

Ingredients
  • 1 kg of quark cheese (or other fresh cheese)
  • 400 g of halva
  • 125 ml of heavy cream
  • 4 eggs
Method
  • Place crushed halva and heavy cream in a skillet. Do rondelka z grubym dnem włóżcie pokruszoną chałwę i kremówkę.
  • Cook over low heat until halva has dissolved completely. Set aside and let cool.
  • Process the cheese in a food processor. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing them with electric mixer. Add the halva mixture and combine.

Recipe: Halva cheesecake

Method
  • Pour the filling over the crust.
  • Bake at 160C for about an hour. Open the door of the oven and let the cheesecake cool.
  • Top with crushed halva. Refrigerate the cake overnight.

pumpkin pie with cranberry sauce

Recipe: Pumpkin pie with cranberry sauce

Recipe: Crust

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 125 g of butter
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tbsp. of white wine vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
Method
  • Combine flour and salt in a large ball. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives - the mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.
  • Add whisked egg and vinegar. Form dough, shape into ball, wrap in cling film. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Recipe: Pumpkin filling

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of homemade pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 can of sweet condensed milk
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 tsp. of ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
Method
  • Mix spices in a large bowl. Add whisked eggs, stir in pumpkin puree and condensed milk.
  • Whisk all together until well incorporated.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a circle. Place on to a pie plate.
  • Pour the filling into pie shell and bake at 180C for about 40 minutes (until the filling is set).

Recipe: Cranberry sauce

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
Method