Hungarian Cheese Cake
w/ Apricot Jam
Rákóczi

For the dough:

200 gram (1 cup) flour 

1 teaspoon baking powder

100 gram (1/2 cup) sugar

10 gram (2.5 teaspoons) vanilla sugar

120 gram (1 stick)  butter

juice from 1.5 lemon

1 egg 

 

For cheese filling:

1 kg  (2 lb) farmer cheese)

100 (1/2 cup) gram semolina

250 gram (1.5 cup) sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon lemon grated peel

1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

3 tablespoons apricot jam

For striping:

3 egg whites

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

apricot jam

Preparation

  1. mix the flour, baking powder and sugars in a bowl. 

  2. add the butter and crumble.

     

  3. add the eggs and lemon juice.

  4.  knead it, but only until it comes together.

     

  5. stretch the dough evenly inside a 9x11" baking pan

     

  6. prick it with a fork and bake for about 10 minutes at 375f . Just enough to give the dough color. 

  7. let it cool while putting together the filling.

Filling:

  1. Add all the ingredients for the cheese filling in a food processor and mix it to a creamy texture. 

  2. spread thin layer of apricot jam on the cooled dough.

     

  3. spread the cheese filling on top of the jam

  4. bake in 350f  for 40 minutes. 

     

  5. remove from oven,

  6. beat the egg whites into a foam with the sugar,

  7. fill it into a foam bag with a stellar beak, and then draw nice strips on top of the cheese, leaving gaps for the peach jam.

     

  8. fill the strips between the egg foam with the apricot jam, then I put it back in the oven for approx. 15-20 minutes. It can be less, it is oven-dependent, the point is to get a nice crust of egg whites.