Serowiec (Polish cheesecake)
1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 pound cottage or farmers cheese (this is in place of cream cheese)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup heavy or sour cream
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Makes 16 servings.
Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and cinnamon. Reserve about 2 tablespoons, and press the rest into the sides and bottom of an 8-by-11-inch pan.
Press cottage cheese through sieve. Add salt to the eggs and beat until thick. Add sugar, lemon juice and zest, vanilla and sour cream. Fold in cheese and flour. Pour mixture over cracker crumbs. Top with reserved crumbs.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Turn off heat and allow cake to remain in the oven until cool, about 1 hour. Chill before serving.
Nutritional information per serving: 218 calories (47 percent from fat), 11.6 g fat (6.5 g saturated, 3.4 g monounsaturated), 85.1 mg cholesterol, 6.5 g protein, 22.4 g carbohydrates, 0.2 g fiber, 276.8 mg sodium.