-GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMB CRUST-
16 Graham crackers
1/8 lb Butter
1/4 c Sugar
1 1/2 c Cottage cheese; drained if
3/4 c Sugar
3 tb Flour
1/4 ts Salt
3 Slightly beaten egg yolks;
-reserve the whites
1 c Evaporated milk
3/4 ts Vanilla
1 Lemon ; Rind of
3 Egg whites
1 tb Butter
First, my grandmother’s cheese cake. She was Alsatian and came to the
United States after her marriage in 1890, bringing her scale and recipes
with her. You’ll find this cake much lighter than the usual cream cheese
cake. It’s also more temperamental than the usual one. No roller skating
through the house or banging and clanging while it’s being made.
Crush the graham crackers. Melt the butter and drizzle over the crackers.
Add the sugar and stir again. Reserve 1/4 cup of this mixture.
Press the crumbs into a buttered 9″ loose bottomed cake pan.
Put the cottage cheese through a sieve. Combine it with the sugar, flour,
salt and egg yolks. Add the milk, vanilla and lemon rind.
Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry and carefully fold them into
the cheese mixture. Gently push the mixture into the cake pan. Sprinkle the
top of the cake with the reserved cracker crumbs. Dot with 1 tablespoon
Bake in a quiet house, on a sunny day, in a 350 degree oven. Bake for 30
minutes or until the cake is set (test by gently shaking the cake pan).
Makes 10 to 12 servings.