The fragrance in my home was unbelievable when this came out of the oven. Quark, lemon, vanilla – Käsekuchen. The recipe is from My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss (she also writes a blog www.thewednesdaychef.com) and I make only one exception to this recipe. Well, two, I can’t find vanilla extract here, so I use organic vanilla powder. She uses lean quark. I use cream quark with 10 % fat, doesn’t get any fattier here. This cream quark is German, so in that sense I am true to the recipe. All Finnish quarks have a much lower fat content.
I once made this for a friend of mine, who is lactose intolerant. I used lactose-free products. All lactose-free or low lactose products tend to be low-fat or fat free and this is a problem. There is absolutely no taste what so ever. Or maybe erasers taste like fat free products, I can’t remember. I must have chewed an eraser when I was child. Either my friend was being nice or she is used to chewing erasers. She said she loved it. The poor thing, she probably doesn't remember what Käsekuchen is supposed to taste like.
I have no problem eating the whole portion on my own, but a little does go a long way: I only made a half portion this time. The Kuchen has not crust, it is bottomless. Just the lovely filling. Lovely on its own, lovely with berries.
This is the last piece.
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