Cheesecake (Western Ukraine recipe)

The cheese cakes are popular almost in all corners of the modern world. However, in Ukraine, these cakes had begun to cook in the last century. This curd cake with lemon and vanilla filling is very popular in Western Ukraine. It is cooked in each village and is one of the traditional Ukrainian dishes. Its recipe is very easy and its taste is delicious.


  • 800 g (28 oz) curds/cottage cheese (high-fat)
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g (3,5 oz) dairy butter
  • 3/4 glass of sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 lemons (at will)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar


This recipe includes cottage cheese that is a fresh cheese with a mild, slightly acidic flavor and small curds.

Melt dairy butter. Grease a baking sheet with dairy butter. Dredge the baking sheet with flour. Crack eggs and separate whites of the eggs and yolks. Place the whites of the egg in a blender. Place the yolks in a bowl. Add half of sugar to the yolks and mix the ingredients. Whip the whites of the egg with the remaining sugar until they get light and fluffy.

Beat the curds/cottage cheese slightly. Add the yolk mixture. Then add melted dairy butter. Mix everything thoroughly. Squeeze lemon and add the lemon juice to the mass (at wish). The lemon isn’t the obligatory ingredient, while the old Ukrainian recipe doesn’t contain it. Add vanilla sugar, flour and the whites of the egg. Mix the ingredients carefully. In the end, you should get soft dough.

Place the prepared dough in the baking sheet. Put it in the oven preheated to 190°C and bake it for 15 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 175°C and bake the cheese cake for 45 minutes more.

Cool it to room temperature and place in a fridge for a night. Cut the cheese cake into portions and serve with tea or coffee.

Enjoy your meal!

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