German Kasekuchen

Course : Cheeses
Serves: 10
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2 cups unbleached flour -- sifted
4 tablespoons butter -- no margarine
1/2 cup sugar -- granulated
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups cottage cheese -- 1 1/2 lbs
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar -- granulated
4 large eggs -- large
1/2 teaspoon lemon rind -- grated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract -- real only
1 cup sour cream
1 cup raisins

Preparation / Directions:

CRUST: In a large mixing bowl, blend all the ingredients, cutting in the butter and working the mixture with your hands until it is well mixed and workable. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Use one half to line the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan, the other half to line the sides of the pan. Either roll out the dough or press it in with your fingers. Chill before filling. CHEESECAKE: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Press the cottage cheese through a sieve. Combine the cornstarch and the baking powder and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cottage cheese with the sugar, eggs, lemon rind and vanilla. Beat until very smooth. Add the dry mixture to the cheese and blend well. Stir in the sour cream and raisins. Pour the cheese mixture into the prepared crust and bake for one hour, or until done. The center will remain soft. Turn off the oven and prop the door open. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature. Serve at room temperature as well.

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