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A single-serving Pashka cake with almonds on a plate

Pashka Cake

Pretty as a picture, these individual cakes are inspired by the Russian original. They are a favourite for Easter, but you can enjoy them anytime. The nuts and fruit give great texture to the creamy cheesecake. Finish your special meal with a touch of sweet elegance!

Serves

6

PREP TIME

20 minutes

COOK TIME

10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup (250 ml) 35% cream
  • 1 cup (200 g) Redpath® Organic Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) brandy
  • 1½ lb (750 g) pressed cottage cheese
  • ½ lb (250 g) cream cheese at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (115 g) mixed dried fruit
  • ½ cup (50 g) sliced blanched almonds

INSTRUCTIONS

Whisk eggs yolks in a medium bowl until pale yellow and slightly thickened.

Heat cream and Redpath® Organic Granulated Sugar in a medium pot over medium heat until sugar has dissolved and mixture is starting to steam. Slowly whisk half the mixture into egg yolks; add back to pot. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened; about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow custard to cool to room temperature.

Place cottage cheese, cream cheese, and brandy in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Beat in cooled custard until just combined, fold in dried nuts and fruit.

Cottage cheese and cream cheese in a mixing bowl, with a hand mixer

Cottage cheese and cream cheese covered with egg yolk mixture in a mixing bowl, with a hand mixer

Glass mixing bowl full of sliced almonds, raisins, and dried fruit

Line a large 6 cup popover tin with overhanging cheesecloth. Divide mixture between cups, gently pressing down as you add more mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours

Muffin tin lined with cheesecloth, and filled with batter

To serve:

Using overhanging cheesecloth to turn cakes over onto serving plate. Garnish with extra fried fruits and nuts.

A single-serving Pashka cake with almonds on a plate with one bite missing

CHEF'S TIP

* For a creamier consistency, blend cottage cheese, cream cheese, and brandy in a blender until smooth.