How to make flavored cheesecakes?
What are cheesecakes?
Cheesecakes are a delicious delicacy of Eastern European cuisine. This dessert has been recognized and spread in many countries around the world. It is made from cottage cheese, eggs and flour.
Depending on how the thermal treatment of the delicacy will be carried out - in the oven, steamed, deep-fried or in a pan, the taste and appearance of cottage cheese pancakes depend. The second important aspect is the serving of the dish. Most often it is eaten with sour cream, jam, berries, condensed milk, custard. It is accepted to decorate the finished delicacy with a sprig of fresh mint, strawberries, cinnamon.
There is not one recipe, but many variations of dishes. You can make a treat with various fillings. The most common of these is raisins.But you can vary the cottage cheese pancakes with nuts, carrots, apples, pineapples and other favorite fruits.
The most important thing for tasty products is the right choice of cottage cheese. This product should not be too fat. Otherwise, when baking in the oven, or when frying in a pan, the pancakes will “float” and take on an ugly shape.
The same undesirable result can be obtained if you take a watery curd. Sometimes the recipe of this dish contains recommendations, according to which the cottage cheese must be mixed with semolina. This trick allows you to make a good dough, if the texture of the cheese is too thin and watery.
Classic cheesecake recipe
The classic recipe involves the preparation of this dish from standard ingredients. It is prepared not in the oven, but in the pan. It requires to take:
- 500 - 600 grams of cottage cheese 5% fat;
- 1 egg;
- 3 tablespoons wheat flour;
- 5 - 8 teaspoons of sugar;
- 60 - 85 grams of raisins;
- 0.5 teaspoon salt.
Flour can be replaced by decoy, but in this case it is necessary to add such a component to the dough in smaller quantities. First you need to make a cheese - grind it through a fine sieve, or mash with a fork and give the ingredient a pasty consistency.You can perform this operation with a blender operating at low speed.
Next, you need to make a raisin - wash it, dry it and sprinkle with a little flour or decoy. This will allow the dried berries to be well distributed in the dough. Then, as recommended by the recipe, you need to separate the white from the yolk. Separately, beat the whites with sugar and the yolk with sugar and salt. After that, you need to mix cottage cheese and whipped yolk. When the mass becomes homogeneous, add the whipped protein and raisins. After that, the dough again, you need to mix well for one minute.
After mixing all the ingredients should get the mass, which can be manually shaped into a cheesecake. To make a good dough for cottage cheese pancakes, you need as little as possible to add flour to it and not “hammer” semolina. But if it turned out to be liquid, you need to add flour to the dough itself at the rate of no more than 3 tablespoons per 500 grams of cottage cheese, as the classic recipe provides.
Curd pancakes need to roll in a small amount of wheat flour and fry in a hot frying pan for 5 minutes until cooked.
This dish can be baked in the oven. To do this, you need to prepare a thicker dough - add to it twice the amount of flour than for cooking in a pan. After that, you can form balls of dough, put them on a baking sheet and send for 15 minutes to an oven heated to 180 degrees.
Fragrant cheese cakes without eggs
This recipe is ideal for people with allergic reactions to eggs. In addition, the delicacy comes out much more useful and low-calorie, since the cooking process takes place in the oven. It is necessary to take the following ingredients:
- 600 grams of cottage cheese;
- 3 tablespoons wheat flour;
- 3 tablespoons of corn flour;
- 6 teaspoons of sugar;
- Vegetable oil.
The main thing - to choose the right cottage cheese. No matter how fat it is, the main thing is to buy a soft, fine-grained product. Rustic coarse-grained cottage cheese is poorly suited for this dish. It is necessary to soften it with a fork, add sugar and wheat flour into it.
After that, all the components are mixed to make a homogeneous dough. From it to form balls that need to roll in cornmeal. After that it is necessary to pour a small amount of vegetable oil on a baking sheet. You can sprinkle the surface with semolina or put parchment paper on the bottom so that the finished cheesecakes do not stick to the surface when baking in the oven.
The recipe provides for heat treatment of the dish for 20 minutes. During cooking in the oven, it is important to turn the food over once, so that they equally browned on both sides. It is important to pour a sufficient amount of butter on the baking sheet, otherwise the curd pancakes may stick or burn.
Cook flavored cheesecakes from cottage cheese is easy. For a delicious delicacy, you need to choose the right fine-grained cottage cheese and follow all the recommendations that the recipe contains. If you want to make a healthy dish, you can bake cheesecakes in the oven, while you need to buy low-fat cottage cheese and not add eggs to the dough. In this case, they are not only tasty, but also low-calorie.