Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cheesecake in a bowl

 Sniffles no more! I'm feeling better so it's time to bake. Thinking about what to bake for hubby's birthday earlier this week, I looked through my recipe book and found the notecard my friend had written for me a few years ago and I thought, "hmmm cheesecake, why not?"

This is the original recipe:
crust: (break crackers until you get crumbs then mix ingredients and press into cheesecake pan and refrigerate for 45 min)
10 graham crackers
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 large boxes (8 ounces) cream cheese
1/2 cup of white sugar
2 eggs (one at a time)
Mix at medium speed with electric mixer then pour into crust and bake 25 minutes at 375F. cool for 1 hour
1 large package of sour cream
4 TBSP white sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Pour mixture on cheesecake and bake for 7 minutes at 375F then cool and refrigerate overnight.

Now for my version of the recipe. 

I will call it Croatian Lemon Cheesecake in a bowl.

10 of these petit butter cookies crumbled with my mortal and pestle, add 100gm of melted butter, then 2 Tablespoonful sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

Mix and press into 4 oven safe bowls and put in refrigerator for 30 minutes.


600grams (3 containers of abc krem sir) cream cheese

10 tablespoonful of white sugar  (**reduce to about ~5 Tablespoonful of sugar, because it turned out too sweet**)

 add one egg, mix, then add second egg.

Bake at 180 Celsius for 30 minutes.

( I don't have an electric mixer, so I used a whisk)

cool for 1 hour

400gm of kiselo vrhnje (sour cream)
2 tablespoonful of white sugar
2 teaspoonful vanilla
zest of one small lemon

mix and add to cheesecake.bake for 7 minutes at 180Celsius.

Cool and refrigerate overnight.

I know the recipe says to cool overnight but both hubby and I couldn't resist our curiosity of how it turned out so we shared one bowl. I think I added too much sugar because it was too sweet. It did taste like 'real' cheesecake although the consistency was crumbly. Adding lemon zest was a good choice. It may look a bit plain, but I guess it can be garnished with fresh fruit. I 'm thinking blueberries, strawberries or even blackberries?


  1. Now you're getting into one of my specialties! I'm known by my friends and family as "the cheesecake lady"!! :-)) You'd think that with the crocheting and poetry I do, this cheesecake thing would be a NON-story! But when stomachs cheesecakey self answers!! ;-)

  2. no time for fillings, as it will be eaten all.
    looks like it smelled and tasted good.

    was baking myselve a traditional dutch treat, called "sausijzenbroodjes".
    for details go to Google, I have to get rid of some snow here (10 centimeters, oh my God).

  3. I am so happy that you both are feeling better...I am in the middle of baking today and I wish I knew that recipe before..Yum! Must made it last weekend:)
    Kisses and hugs, darling

  4. how fancy! cheesecakes are the best. and cooking during the whole month of december always feels so special.
    guess what? my hubby's bday is also this coming week :) maybe I will give it a try!

  5. miam miam that looks yummy! I love cheesecake! hmm

  6. That looks amazing! The finished product almost looks like creme brulee at first glance (except browned on the edges instead of the center), but my mouth is seriously WATERING. I am bookmarking this recipe and WILL be making it sometime soon! :)
    Yum, I love fresh fruit on cheesecake - I think a combo of all of those would be amazing!
    I hope you had a wonderful weekend, Elisa!

  7. Hi! You posted on my blog a long time ago and I am just now reading it as I'm starting my blog up again. I did just respond to your comment but wanted to check out your blog. It's strange because just last night my Chilean husband and I went out to eat with my mom at a Turkish restaurant and I was comparing their skin color. My mom is darker than my french-spanish husband. I am fair skinned, blonde hair, blue eyes and my mom is tan, brown hair, brown eyes. My mom's mom was Yugoslavian so today I was googling about the former Yugoslavia trying to find out about the people/culture/food. I know almost nothing about it so was happy later on today to see your comment and then find your blog to get a "real" view of that area of the world. I look forward to reading your blog. Your cheesecake looks yummy! :) Thanks!

  8. Oh yummy! Thank you for the recipe! I have never made this put I feel like I could follow this one!


  9. @Poetess,
    Debbie then we must share recipes! All of my family loves cheesecake.

  10. @Pim, ahh you made sausage rolls! very soon I will be in the midwest.BRRR lots of snow there as well!

    @Diana let me know if you try it, I would be interested to know what you think of it.

  11. @House09, really? that's a small coincidence. ha yeah you should give it a try then.

    @Babs, can you find the ingredients in Amman?

    @Allison, I don't know if you can see from the last photo but I had some extra filling so I poured and baked in a cup! so you just inspired me to bake flan, except I don't have the required ingredients. maybe when I go home for the holidays I can bring some carnation milk and sweet condensed milk with me. hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

  12. Hi! Wow, this one also looks very yummy!! I haven't been able to make the lemon cake yet although I have all the ingredients since I was going to bake it!!! It looks yummy!! Wow, your hubby's birthday is in the busiest time of the year!

  13. I will try it for sure and let you know:) Muah,sweetie

  14. This looks so good !
    I have not made cheesecake in a while now... last time a certain person dropped it on the floor. :(


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