- 21 oz Farmer's cheese600 g, full-fat, or cottage cheese
- 6 ½ tbsp Butterat room temperature, plus more for greasing
- ¾ cup Sugar
- 2 tbsp Cornstarch
- 4 Eggs
- 2 tbsp Sour creamfull-fat
- ⅓ cup Raisinsdark
- 1 tbsp All-purpose flourto coat raisins, or cornstarch if making the gluten-free version
- ½ tbsp Lemon zestor orange zest
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 3 ¼ tbsp Butter
- 2 ¾ oz Chocolatedark or milk, good quality, finely chopped
This Lviv Syrnyk is maybe the most delicious recipe made from farmer’s cheese I’ve tried so far. Originating from Ukraine, this decadent cheesecake is a restaurant-worthy dessert that is so easy to make at home. The citron-laced farmer’s cheese filling in this amazing cheesecake is enriched with eggs and butter and loaded with plump raisins. The cheesecake is baked in a loaf pan, then covered with a simple chocolate ganache. The end result is a rich, dense, moist, delicately sweet, and, most importantly, delicious cheesecake.
This recipe is simple to put together and requires neither fancy ingredients nor a daunting water bath. Start with soaking the raisins in hot water for 10 minutes to get them a little softer. Press the farmer’s cheese through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl. Mix in the sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest. Stir in the softened butter. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Next, stir in the sour cream and vanilla essence. Drain the raisins and pat dry. Coat them in flour and stir into the batter. You can substitute cornstarch for the flour if making the gluten-free version of this recipe. Pour the batter into the loaf pan lined with parchment paper and bake for about 40 minutes. Once baked, turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool inside with the door ajar. Wrap the cheesecake in plastic and transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour. Finally, prepare the ganache, cool to room temperature, and pour it over the cheesecake. Allow the ganache to set fully in the fridge for about 2 hours. Once set, slice and serve.
To make the Lviv Syrnyk, you will need the following ingredients:
Steps to make Lviv Syrnyk
Preheat oven and prepare baking pan
Prepare farmer’s cheese
Add sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest
Add sour cream and vanilla
Transfer batter to baking pan
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, gently melt 3 ¼ tablespoons butter. Once the butter starts to melt, add 2 ¾ ounces finely chopped chocolate. When the chocolate starts to melt, stir with a spatula until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Cover cheesecake with ganache