For all cheesecakes lovers, I will teach you how to make the best Russian cheesecake recipe, a recipe as simple as it is delicious, with raisins and glace cherries. Although it requires baking, this recipe can be tried by any beginner in dessert recipes.

The Russian cheesecake ( Vatrushka ) is an Eastern European recipe, formed as a ring of dough with cottage cheese or cream cheese, with raisins or other dried fruits. So will I make the recipe, with raisins, but instead of candied fruit, I will use French glace cherries, which will give an interesting colour and taste to the dessert.

These are the Ingredients

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Ingredients

As you can see, instead of cottage cheese or curd cheese, I used soft cream cheese, about 800 g, which in my opinion will give a finer consistency to the cake, will be more frothy.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Soft Cheese in the Bowl

Next, I will use five medium-size whole eggs, they are fresh eggs from free-range chickens, a very important aspect.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Five Whole Eggs

Among the dry ingredients, we also mention 80 g semolina and 150 g sugar (I put granulated sugar, but it can be replaced with powdered sugar), and a sachet of vanilla sugar.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Semolina and Sugar in Different Bowls

We can also mention here dairy products such as sour cream, about 200 ml and 50 g of butter, which we will melt.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Butter

These will form the base of the dough, in which we will introduce to give colour and flavour the grated peel of a lemon, 50 g raisins (which we have previously soaked in hot water and rum essence) and 200 g French glace cherries.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Soaked Raisins
The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - French Glace Cherries

How to Make the Batter From the Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe?

I think it is the simplest part of the recipe, in which we put everything in a bowl and mix them well. But let’s take them one at a time. We have the cream cheese that we have already put in a mixing bowl, over which we will break the five eggs one by one.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Eggs on the Soft Cheese in the Bowl

Over them, we pour the sugar and the semolina that we weighed beforehand and after that the sour cream.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Cheese, Eggs, Sugar and Sour Cream in the Bowl

Over this, I put the vanilla sugar and the last ingredient, the butter that I melted. We will put the fruits later.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Melted Butter Over the Cheese, Eggs, Sugar and Sour Cream in the Bowl

Now we can mix them, it can be done with an egg beater or with an electric mixer, as I did. The batter will be lighter and more frothy.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Mixed Ingredients With an Electric Mixer

The dough being ready, we put it in the fridge to stand for about half an hour, so that the semolina has time to soften a little. After 30 minutes, we can add the fruits like grated lemon peel, raisins and the glace cherries. Now, you can add any candied fruit you want, such as prunes or apricots, nuts and peanuts.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Lemon Zest, Raisins and Glace Cherries in the Batter

We mix everything with a wooden spoon, and ready, we can start baking.

Baking the Cheesecake

For this we take a baking pan, I chose a round shape for the cake, which we grease with butter, so that it does not stick.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Baking Pan Greased With Butter

We easily pour all the batter in this form and because the dough is quite fluid it is not necessary to level it.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Pouring Batter in the Baking pan

I chose a larger shape because even if the dough will fill the shape only halfway, during baking it will grow quite a lot and I don’t want to give out.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Batter in the Baking Pan Ready to Bake

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and bake the dough for about 45-50 minutes, until it turns golden. It can be tested with a toothpick if the cake is well made, inserting it in the middle, the dough should not stick to it.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Baked Cheesecake

Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool, then we can take it out of the shape and put it in the fridge to keep it better and slice it easier.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Ready to Serve

This was the best Russian cheesecake recipe, ready to serve.

Serving

It can be served either warm, before putting it in the fridge, or cold with other fruits such as grapes, blueberries or raspberries.

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Served on Plate With Grapes

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The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe - Served on Plate With Grapes

The Best Russian Cheesecake Recipe

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: International
Diet: Halal, Low Salt
Keyword: best russian cheesecake, best russian cheesecake recipe, russian cheesecake, russian cheesecake recipe, the best russian cheesecake recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 portions
Author: Timea
For all cheesecakes lovers, I will teach you how to make the best Russian cheesecake recipe, a recipe as simple as it is delicious, with raisins and glace cherries.
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Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • electric mixer
  • baking pan

Ingredients

  • 800 g soft cheese cream or cottage cheese
  • 5 pieces whole eggs medium-size
  • 150 g granulated sugar or powdered sugar
  • 80 g semolina
  • 200 ml sour cream
  • 50 g unsalted butter melted
  • 1 sachet vanila sugar
  • 50 g raisins
  • 200 g French glace cherries
  • 1 piece lemon zest

Instructions

  • Put the cream cheese in a mixing bowl, over which we will break the five eggs one by one. Over them, we pour the sugar and the semolina that we weighed beforehand and after that the sour cream. Over this, I put the vanilla sugar and the last ingredient, the butter that I melted. Mix them with an electric mixer and put it in the fridge to rest for about half an hour. After 30 minutes, we can add the fruits like grated lemon peel, raisins and the glace cherries.
  • Take a baking pan, I chose a round shape for the cake, which I grease with butter. Easily pour all the batter in this form and because the dough is quite fluid it is not necessary to level it. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and bake the dough for about 45-50 minutes, until it turns golden.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool, then take it out of the shape and put it in the fridge to keep it better and slice it easier. Can be served either warm, before putting it in the fridge, or cold with other fruits such as grapes, blueberries or raspberries.
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