Top Eastern European Cheesecake Recipes

Cheesecakes are popular throughout Eastern Europe. They don't resemble the type of cheesecakes Americans are familiar with, aka cream cheese or New York-style cheesecake (although they do exist), because they're usually made with dry curd cheese or farmer's cheese. Still, they are creamy and delicious but perhaps not as sweet as what Americans are used to. If you can't find dry curd cheese in your supermarket or deli, you can make your own farmer's cheese or use ricotta or...MORE drained small-curd cottage cheese. Try experimenting with these sweet and savory cheesecake recipes.

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    Hungarian Curd Cheesecake or Turos Lepeny
    Hungarian Curd Cheesecake or Turos Lepeny. © Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This recipe for Hungarian curd cheesecake -- turos (curd cheese) lepeny (sheet) -- is also known as turos pite, and turos racsos. It's also known as Rakoczi-style curd cheesecake after Janos Rakoczi (1897-1966), a Hungarian chef reputed to have created the dessert. Some have lattice dough tops, others meringue.

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    Hungarian Dilled Curd Cheesecake Recipe - Kapros Turos Lepeny

    Hungarian Dilled Cheesecake
    Hungarian Dilled Cheesecake. © Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This recipe for Hungarian dilled curd cheesecake -- kapros (dill) turos (curd cheese) lepeny (sheet) -- is a surprisingly delightful combination of sweetened cheese and dill in a no-rise yeast crust.

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    Gale Gand's Goat Cheese Cake with Slow-Cooked Quince
    Gale Gand's Goat Cheese Cake with Slow-Cooked Quince. © Ben Fink
    This recipe from (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2009) has all the elements that Eastern Europeans love -- goat cheese, quinces and cream cheese. It is equally comfortable on the appetizer table as on the dessert table.
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    Polish Cheesecake or Sernik
    Polish Cheesecake or Sernik. © Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Sernik or Polish cheesecake is so popular in Poland it is considered a national dish. But there are so many varieties. A creamy version of dry curd cheese known as twaróg, resembling American cream cheese, is now available and used in many recipes. Here are eight recipes for Polish cheesecake I think you will love.

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    Serbian Sweet Gibanica Recipe

    Gibanica
    Gibanica. © Flickr by Perecca
    This recipe for sweet Serbian gibanica is a blend of cottage cheese and sour cream between layers of homemade dough, and is just one way to make this layered midly sweet dessert. Omitting the sugar will produce a savory version. Read this .
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    Serbian Salty (Savory) Guzvara Recipe

    Guzvara
    Guzvara. © Flickr by Tales of an LA Addict

    Guzvara is a salty (savory) cheese pie or strudel and a variation of gibanica. What sets this one apart is that the filo dough is dipped in the filling and crumpled in the pan -- hence the name guzvara which means "crumpled" or "to crumple." This makes a great brunch, lunch, main course, side dish or snack, especially with a cold glass of .

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    Slovenian Prekmurska Gibanica
    Slovenian Prekmurska Gibanica. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Slovenian prekmurska gibanica is a layered cake from the region of Prekmurje, Slovenia. Croatians have a similar version they call medimurska gibanica from the region of Medimurje. Sweet and savory (some use potatoes and cabbage but cheese is most common) gibanica (GHEE-bah-neet-sah) exist in almost every Balkan culture.

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    Philadelphia - American-Style Cheesecake Recipe

    American-Style Cheesecake Made With Philadelphia Cream Cheese
    American-Style Cheesecake Made With Philadelphia Cream Cheese. © Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    In much of Eastern Europe, cheesecakes are made with dry curd cheese or farmers cheese. But, over the past 50 years, dry curd cheese is sometimes replaced with cream cheese. The resulting American-style cheesecake is known simply as Philadelphia after the popular store brand of cream cheese.
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    New York-Style Cheesecake
    New York-Style Cheesecake. © Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    New York-style cheesecake is becoming increasingly popular in Eastern Europe. In Poland, it is known as sernik Philadelphia, after the brand of cream cheese that made this dessert so popular in the States. It is also known as sernik nowojorski (New York-style cheesecake).

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    Junior's Deli Original New York Cheesecake
    Junior's Deli Original New York Cheesecake. © 2013 Mark Ferri

    This recipe features a shortbread crust that is the hallmark of a cheesecake from the iconic New York deli known as Junior's.

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    "Enlitened Kosher Cooking" by Nechama Cohen (Feldheim Pub., 2006)
    "Enlitened Kosher Cooking" by Nechama Cohen (Feldheim Pub., 2006). © Pricegrabber, used with permission.

    These cheesecake recipes are great!