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Spekulatius Käsekuchen

Spekulatius Käsekuchen

3:18 pm by Kamilya Abilova

ingredients

Crust/Cookies:
4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 c brown sugar
1 cup of unsalted butter, room temp
½ tsp Kosher salt
2 eggs, room temp
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon baking powder

Filling:
2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temp
2½ cups sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
30 oz or 3 3/4 cups of plain quark,
10.5 oz (about 6 medium sized) eggs, room temp
⅓ c cornstarch
⅓ c all purpose flour

method

Preheat oven to 325°. Prep a spring form with parchment paper on the bottom, and butter the sides.

For the cookies/crust, beat the brown sugar with the eggs and butter until creamy and combined. Then add salt, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.
Sift together the flour and baking powder and add to the mixture and knead until combined.

Press about 400g of the cookie dough on the bottom and sides of the spring pan (you can cut out and bake the remaining dough on the convection setting at 350° for about 10 minutes.)

For the filling, whisk together the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth, but do not overwork. Gradually whisk in the eggs.
Sift together the corn starch and flour, then whisk into the butter-egg mixture until smooth. Lastly, whisk in the quark.

Pour the mixture onto the cookie crust and bake for about 85 minutes, covering the cheesecake with foil halfway through to prevent it from getting too dark. Allow to rest in the oven for a couple of hours and place in the fridge overnight before serving.

Serve with more cookies!

Recipe and image by Sophie of Dirndl Kitchen.