German Quark Apple Cheesecake


German Quark Apple Cheesecake -Deliciously creamy cheesecake with fresh apples, topped with raisins and almonds, and glazed in apricot jam. During the fall, this cake is especially delicious, but you can prepare it year-round.
By Feli Chic'Cuisine

Deliciously creamy cheesecake with fresh apples, topped with raisins and almonds, and glazed in apricot jam.


During the fall, this cake is especially delicious, but you can prepare it year-round.


German Quark Apple Cheesecake -Deliciously creamy cheesecake with fresh apples, topped with raisins and almonds, and glazed in apricot jam. During the fall, this cake is especially delicious, but you can prepare it year-round.

 

Prep Time: 30 min

Bake Time: 1h 5 min

Total Time: 1h 35 min

Serves: 8

 

Ingredients

For the Base:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 2 Tbsp sugar

  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar

  • pinch of salt

  • 110g unsalted butter, cold cut in cubes

For the Apple Filling:

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 3 medium apples, Golden Delicious or Gala

  • 2 Tbsp sugar

  • juice from ½ lemon

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

For the Cheese Filling:

  • 100g (3.5 oz) butter, softened

  • 100g (3.5 oz) sugar

  • 6 eggs

  • 1000g (35 oz) low-fat curd/quark (20% fat)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 50g (1.8 oz) cornstarch

  • 50g (1.8 oz) sliced almonds

  • 2 tsp brown sugar

For the Glaze and the Topping

  • 3 Tbsp apricot jam

  • almonds, toasted

  • raisin, optional


 


Method

Make the Crust


1. Grease and line with parchment paper a 23 cm (9-in.) springform pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, vanilla sugar, and with your fingers, mix butter very quickly into flour mixture until crumbly. 


3. Place the crumbly dough into the prepared pan gently pressing along the bottom and up the sides. Refrigerate until needed.


Prepare the Apples

4. Peel and core the apples; cut into thick slices. In a pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apples, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon, stirring to combine. Sauté until the apples begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook. Set aside and allow to cool.


Prepare the Felling


5. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).​


6. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until well combined. Scrape the bowl. On low add the eggs, one a time. Then, add the vanilla, cornstarch and quark; mix until smooth.


To Assemble:


7. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and spread the cooled apples evenly along the bottom of crust. Pour the quark mixture over the apples. Sprinkle the sliced almonds and brown sugar on top.


8. Bake for about 45 - 50 minutes, until golden brown or a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. When the cake is done, turn off the oven, open the oven door and allow the cake to come to room temperature in the oven.


Make the Apricot Glaze


9. Heat the apricot jam in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat and strain the jam through a fine strainer to remove any fruit lumps.


10. Brush the cake with the apricot glaze, and decorate with almonds.


Enjoy!

 
Note*: There are two substitutions that can be used for the Quark. One is to use farmer’s cheese, another is to purée eight parts of ricotta cheese with one part of sour cream in a food processor.
 

German Quark Apple Cheesecake -Deliciously creamy cheesecake with fresh apples, topped with raisins and almonds, and glazed in apricot jam. During the fall, this cake is especially delicious, but you can prepare it year-round.
German Quark Apple Cheesecake by Feli Chic'Cuisine

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