German Cheese Cake

by Judy Engel
(Grants Pass, OR USA)

German Cheese Cake

German Cheese Cake

I got this recipe from my German friend, Marianne, more than 50 years ago. I've baked it many, many times and it is always a hit.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Bottom crust:

  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 cups flour

Combine the melted butter and sugar in large bowl. Add milk and dry ingredients and mix well until dough forms a soft ball. Press the dough into a 10 inch spring form, bringing the crust up the sides to the top of the form.

Filling:

  • 2 eight ounce packages of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 envelope Knox gelatin
  • 3 eggs
  • Grated rind of one lemon
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine filling ingredients and mix well until fluffy. Pour filling into crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degrees and continue baking another 70 minutes.

Total baking time: 1 ½ hours.

Note: This cheese cake is better if made one or two days ahead so the flavors can blend and the crust softens. Store in a cool room or in the refrigerator. Remove from fridge two hours prior to serving.




Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your Best Recipe.

Leave a comment about this recipe or ask a question?

Pop right over to my private Facebook group, the Kaffeeklatschers. You'll find thousands of German foodies, all eager to help and to talk about all things German, especially these yummy foods. 

I pop in all the time as well, to chat and to answer questions. 

Meet with us around Oma's table, pull up a chair, grab a coffee and a piece of Apfelstrudel, and enjoy the visit.

Newest Recipes

  1. Oma's Recipe for Cheesecake - Käse-Sahne Torte

    This recipe for cheesecake is called Käse-Sahne Torte, a baked sponge cake and a no-bake whipped cream/quark or Greek yogurt filling. Add mandarin oranges for a traditional dessert.

    Go to the recipe

  2. Oma's Pork Hocks and Sauerkraut ~ Eisbein und Sauerkraut

    Pork hocks and sauerkraut, a favorite of my Opa, is a real traditional German food. This version of Eisbein is a classic in northern Germany, not to be confused with Schweinshaxe from the southern par…

    Go to the recipe

  3. Oma's German Chicken Fricassee Recipe ~ Hühnerfrikassee

    Make this chicken fricassee recipe and you'll think you're back in Oma's kitchen. German comfort food. Originally just a 'leftover' meal, now it graces the best restaurant menus.

    Go to the recipe

*  *  *  *  *

Words to the Wise

"When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful."

Proverbs 29:18 (NLT)