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Traditionally, pastries in Galicia were called plyacky. They are baked in a large square shape and then cut into pieces. They usually combined cakes, cream and fillings. It resembles a cake, but easier to prepare. Now the most popular Lviv dessert, without a doubt, is Lviv cheesecake. It is believed that the original recipe was invented in the middle of the twentieth century by the famous chef Daria Tsvek and was published in her book "Sweet Cookies". But every housewife has her own vision, and now there are more than 30 recipes for Lviv cheesecake.

Ingredients

  • Fatty cottage cheese - 500 g,
  • Butter - 100 g,
  • 3 Eggs 
  • Sugar - 150 g,
  • 2 Potatoes,
  • Lemon peel - 1 tbsp.,
  • Baking powder - 1 teaspoon,
  • Raisins or cherries.

For the glaze:

  • Butter - 50 g,
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp.,
  • Cream - 5 tbsp.,
  • Milk - 2-3 tbsp.,
  • Cocoa - 3 tbsp..

The cooking process

  1. Peel the potatoes and boil. This is exactly the ingredient that makes the Tsvek's recipe of Lviv cheesecake special. She adds it instead of flour, semolina or starch, which is often used in the preparation of cheesecakes.
  2. Rinse raisins or cherries and pour hot water.
  3. Grind boiled potatoes with a meat grinder together with cheese.
  4. Grate the butter with the sugar and add to the cheese and potato mass together with the baking powder. Mix the ingredients gradually, adding one egg yolk. Grate the lemon zest and add the dried fruit.
  5. Beat the whites with a pinch of salt to form a foam, add to the dough.
  6. Pour the mixed mass into a mold and bake in the oven at a temperature of 210-220 degrees for about an hour.
  7. Preparation of glaze. Boil sugar with water and vinegar in a saucepan under a covered lid until the consistency of the syrup. Dissolve cocoa in 2-3 tablespoons of water, add to sugar syrup. Then remove the pan from the heat, add butter and vanilla.
  8. As the icing begins to thicken, pour it over the chilled cheesecake.

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