Romanian cheese cake


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Romanian Cheese Cake Recipe
To make a Romanian cheese cake, also known as “plăcintă cu brânză,” you will need the following ingredients:

For the dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg

For the filling:

2 cups farmer’s cheese or ricotta cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon (optional)

For the topping:

1 tablespoon powdered sugar (for dusting)

Process of making Romanian cheese cake:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, softened butter, sour cream, baking powder, salt, sugar, and egg. Mix well until the dough comes together. You can use a spoon or your hands to mix the ingredients.

2. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Roll out one part of the dough to fit the bottom of a greased 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan or pie dish. Set aside the remaining dough for the top crust.

3. In another mixing bowl, combine the farmer’s cheese (or ricotta cheese), sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and lemon zest (if using). Mix until well combined and smooth.

4. Pour the cheese filling over the rolled-out dough in the cake pan.

5. Roll out the remaining dough to fit the top of the cake pan. Place it over the cheese filling, sealing the edges by pressing them together with the bottom crust.

6. Make a few small slits on the top crust to allow steam to escape during baking.

7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown and the filling is set.

8. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes.

9. Once cooled slightly, transfer the cake to a serving plate.

10. Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar using a sieve or sifter.

Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Romanian cheese cake can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. It is a delicious treat often served with a cup of tea or coffees

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