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International Desserts for the Winter Olympics: Romania Cottage Cheese Cake

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As the eyes of the world turn to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and we witness some of the finest athletes in the world compete in their chosen sport, there is no need to be watching on an empty stomach! As the world gathers in Sochi, Russia, we bring the world together in the kitchen and celebrate international diversity with some classic world famous desserts

If you happen to be a big fan of cheese cake (as I am) yet you are looking for something with a few less calories but you don't want to give up taste and texture, this incredible dessert from Romania may just be the dessert you've been looking for!

When I first tasted this cheese cake, I did not believe it was made with cottage cheese. I have never tasted cottage cheese taste like anything else than cottage cheese! Here we have the beaten curds, blended with eggs and sour cream to create a devastating dessert. The other thing I like about this cheese cake is there is no crust.

Romania has gotten a lot of bad press for awhile but when it comes to the foods of this historical country, there are very few countries that can compete. Known for being the home of Dracula, it only makes sense that the food of Romania is truly something you'll want to sink your teeth into!

You might be saying to yourself, “ummm, Larry, you forgot a crust!” In normal circumstances you would be correct; however, this is a crustless cheese cake! Also, you will notice the batter will totally fill the pan and in most cases this would create an “overflow” in the oven. It won’t here due to the volume of eggs and as it rises it will solidify.

Ingredients needed to make Romanian Cottage Cheese Cake (makes 1 cake):

  • 4 cups small curd cottage cheese, drained
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 2 Tbs. butter, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ cups sugar

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Lightly oil the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. In a large bowl beat the cottage cheese until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs until smooth.
  4. Beat in the cornstarch, cornmeal, butter, sour cream and sugar until smooth.
  5. Pour into the prepare pan.
  6. Place in oven and bake 90 minutes or until done.
  7. Turn oven off and let cool until you can reach in and take it out with your bare hands.
  8. Remove from oven and once it has gotten to room temperature, place in refrigerator and chill at least 2 hours before serving.

The internationally bestselling cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards, "Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals," is now in it's third printing and available worldwide in both hard cover and e-book versions. The paperback version will be released March 4, 2014.

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