In Poland, ‘sernik’ or cheesecake is one of the most commonly served desserts. A celebration will never be complete without this treat. And with that said, you can expect to find sernik in almost all Polish bakeries, supermarkets, coffee shops, and restaurants.
Why is it so popular? Well, this dessert comes with hundreds of years of history. Historians say that this was brought to Poland during the 17th century. It is delicious! As years have passed by, though, people have made variations of the original recipe, for good reasons.
While the traditional recipe involves a sweet pastry crust filled ‘twarog’ (a type of farmer’s cheese), some modern variations come with crumbly cake as their base. Chocolate, fruits, and raisins can be added, too.
Our star for the day, Polish Royal Cheesecake, has a chocolate base and is filled with twarog, which is a traditional Polish cheese. It’s more like curd cheese, but it’s not the same as you may know. It is made from cow’s milk, and it has an elastic consistency and lumpy structure. You can find this type of cheese in Polish gourmet stores. If you are unable to find one, you can simply utilize quark.Print
This Polish Royal Cheesecake has a chocolate base and is filled with twarog or quark. You can bake it in a round or square springform pan.
200 grams plain flour
100 grams butter (softened)
100 grams icing sugar
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp butter (softened)
3 eggs (separated)
6 tbsp icing sugar
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
1 tbsp potato starch
500 grams twarog or quark
- Combine flour, butter, icing sugar, baking powder, cocoa, and egg in a bowl, and mix until evenly combined. Divide into two equal parts.
- Butter the bottom of a round baking tin (around 22 cm) and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Pour in one part of the mixture. Make sure that you press it evenly to the bottom.
- Wrap the other part in plastic and place it in the fridge.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- To make the filling, beat egg yolks, butter, icing sugar, and vanilla sugar. Mix well and make sure that the sugar is fully dissolved. Gradually add the twarog or quark while mixing. Add the potato starch at the end and stir well.
- Beat egg whites and fold into the mixture, and then tip into the baking tin.
- Shred small pieces of the refrigerated dough and sprinkle over the filling.
- Bake for about an hour.
- If you want to make the recipe in a square springform pan, use one about 23X35 cm.
No matter what the occasion is, this Polish Royal Cheesecake would be an excellent dessert to serve. Let it cool down in the oven, and as much as possible, refrigerate it overnight.
If you haven’t had Royal Cheesecake yet, it is the best time to try it. I’m sure you will be adding it to your list of ‘favorite desserts’. 🙂