Yesterday evening I took on the travel to Carlsbad, CA. Located in Carlsbad is Tip-Top-Meats, a German Supermarket. Since I am here I am craving German Cheesecake, Kaesekuchen. I tried American Cheesecake, which is prepared with Cream Cheese and it is not really my favorite taste. Browsing google for the key ingredient, Quark (I would describe it as a mixture of sour cream and cream cheese), I never found any shop where I could buy quark. I felt so disappointed. Until recently, when a friend told me about a German supermarket in Carlsbad. I called them up and of course they had quark, imported from Canada. Having the yummy Kaesekuchen in mind I got into my car and cruised along the I5 to Carlsbad.
Right next to the entrance I fell into the fridge with quark, which did not only give me the prospect of a yummy cake but also had a yummy price. Well, it is imported, right? Of course I did not stop with the quark. Into my basket also went Milka Chocolate, Bahlsen Waffeln, a glass of Rotkraut, my favorite salad dressing, Jagdwurst und Senfgurken, lecker! Kloesse, I left for next time.
As soon as I came home I ate a big slice of Jagdwurst and started to prepare the cheesecake. Of course, I was not patient enough to wait and call my mother for the recipe (blame the time change) and so I pulled out a recipe from the internet. The mix seemed really liquid, but as I am not really familiar with baking, I just put everything in the oven.
It did not really look right. I rather had a boiling soup in my spring-form pan than a cheesecake, I was so disappointed. But with time it looked a bit better, but not really good. I consulted my baking specialist and followed the advice to leave it longer at a lower heat. Et voila, it indeed worked. The cake is still a little bit moist, but so so so yummy.
Now I have to find out, how to make Quark myself and in a year I will be all wobbly and chubby from all the Kaesekuchen that I made....
If you want to try:
1 kg Quark
200 g sugar
125 g butter
1 pack vanilla sugar
1 pack Vanilla pudding
juice of 1 lemon
mix everything and let it bake for 60- 70 min at 175 C (350 F, well it took me more like 1.5 hr).
People vary it with all kind of fruits. My mother, I think, also adds some baking powder. Instead of quark, one might also try sour cream or Ricotta, let me know, if it works....