Let’ s celebrate chag Shavuot this year with very special cheese cake!
I am sure that everyone who loves “crapple” (cranberry apple tart) will love this version.
You will enjoy discovering different layers of flavor… bananas, cinnamon apples, raisins, caramel and of course cheese!
Well, let’ s talk about the cheese before I start the recipe. This kind of cheese is translated into English as “cottage cheese”. However you will see that what I use is exactly not what you probably think. Unfortunately you can not get this type of cheese in your local supermarket. They sell it in Russian stores and it is called “tvarog”. You can also buy the most thick unflavored gevinah levanah (white cream cheese) but you will need to add another 50 grams of flour. You can also use cottage cheese with the highest percentage of fat, open it and keep it in fridge over night covered with the lid. The dairy liquid will separate from the cheese and you will strain the cheese and mush it with fork for the consistency.
125 g unsweetened butter
250 g cottage cheese
250 – 300 g flour
2 brown bananas
100 g raisins
Optional 100 g nuts (crushed hazelnuts or walnuts)
1 table spoon cinnamon
You can also use dried cranberries/craisins but they do not go with cinnamon.
5 table spoons sugar
50 g butter
3 table spoons milk
Make the dough mixing and kneading ingredients so the dough is not sticky. Use half of the cottage cheese (the other half is for the cake filling).
Shred apples and mix it with cinnamon and raisins.
Grease the surface of your square baking pan.
Roll about egg size piece of dough and cut stripes and make a net.
Bake in preheated oven for 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 min. You can also use electric baking pan that bakes from the top.
Caramelize sugar and add butter, mix well, set aside and in two minutes add milk. You can reheat the caramel if it gets too thick by the time you are ready for it.
Make layers – start with bananas, than apples, half of caramel, cottage cheese, apples and finish with the rest of the dough.
Bake 20 min till the top (which is going to be bottom) is brown.
Wait till it cools off and flip it upside down.
Chag Shavuot Sameach!