When I signed up to bake through Dorie Greenspan's book Baking Chez Moi, I knew that in a book of almost 150 recipes, there were bound to be some I wasn't keen on making. This cheesecake was one of them if for no other reasons than it had an awful lot of raisins in it, and no cheese! So I did what I've been doing from the start: when in doubt, make a half recipe, and replace all raisins with another fruit, dried sour cherries this time.
As with some other recipes for which I had low expectations, this was such a surprise. First of all, it was a cheesecake! But not just any cheesecake......it reminded me very much of the Polish cheesecake (sernik) I enjoyed as a child that was made with twaróg, a type of dry cottage cheese. It was tangy and not too sweet with a moist and fluffy texture. I loved it.
Everyone else enjoyed it too and I regretted making only a half recipe. I'll soon correct that mistake and when I bake it next - for Easter, I think - I'll make a few changes. I'll pre-bake the crust longer to get more colour on it since it didn't seem to bake further once it was filled, and because the cherries seemed to gravitate towards the centre of my cake, I'll sprinkle them on the bottom of the crust before the batter goes in for a more even distribution.
Visit here to see what the other members thought of this cake (or maybe they made the delicious chocolate crème caramel this week!)