Oma's Easy Cheesecake Recipe

This easy cheesecake recipe, aka einfacher Käsekuchen, will certainly WOW your family! They'll love the moist and delicious flavor of this German cheesecake. 

Instead of the traditional quark, this recipe uses ricotta,  your mixer, and blender and you'll find this a great way how to make a cheesecake ... the easy way!

Prep Time

15 minutes

Bake Time

70 minutes

Total Time

85 minutes + chill time

Ingredients:

PASTRY:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FILLING:

  • 2 pounds ricotta
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

Instructions:

PASTRY:

  1. Using mixer, beat together all pastry ingredients.
  2. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in fridge to chill.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Grease 10-inch springform pan.
  5. Roll out chilled dough (on a lightly floured surface) and place in bottom and up sides of pan.
  6. Prick dough in several places with a fork.

FILLING:

  1. Place all the filling ingredients in either a blender or food processor (fitted with a metal chopping blade) and pulse about 10 times. Scrap down sides. Process a further 30 seconds until creamy.
  2. Pour into pastry shell. Smooth top.
  3. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden toothpick, inserted about 2 inches from edge, comes out clean.
  4. To minimize the top of the cake from 'cracking', let the cake cool in the oven with the door slightly opened.
  5. When cooled, remove side of springform pan. For best flavor, place cake in fridge for several hours before serving.

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