September 4, 2018

Farmer’s Cheese Blueberry Crumb Cake

Farmer’s Cheese Blueberry Crumb Cake: slightly sweet, creamy and buttery with a little blueberry hint. This cake reminds me a lot of a cheesecake when you bite into a cold, refrigerated piece. We might as well call it ‘Ukrainian Cheesecake’!

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Love farmer’s cheese? Check these recipes: cheese pancakes (sirniki)farmer’s cheese sweet rolls and homemade farmer’s cheese

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It all starts with a buttery crust created from the flour-butter mixture, topped with homemade farmer’s cheese and finished with more buttery crust that creates slightly crispy finishing that we like to call topping.

Farmer’s cheese is very popular among Ukrainian people. There’s a good percentage of desserts we make include homemade farmer’s cheese. I myself am a huge fan of it. It’s easy to work with; it’s creamy, delicious and tastes nothing like store-bought cottage cheese. It is just simply better. You can find a recipe of Farmer’s Cheese at this link.

Farmer’s Cheese Cake Crust and Topping Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 oz (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter – refrigerated
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt

Crumb Cake Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 cups farmer’s cheese (crumbled into a measuring cup)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup dried blueberries (or 1-3.5 oz bag)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt

How to Make Farmer’s Cheese Blueberry Crumb Cake:

1. In a medium bowl, sift, combine and whisk: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp table salt. Grate 6 oz cold butter onto a big hole into the bowl with dry ingredients and mix with a fork to resemble coarse meal. This would be your crust and topping. Cover with plastic food wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. With your hand, crumble 4 cups farmer’s cheese into a measuring cup and add to a separate medium bowl. Break cheese a bit using a fork. Add 3 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp salt to the bowl with cheese and stir everything together until combined, using a rubber spatula. Stir in 3/4 cup dried blueberries. Set aside. Butter a 9” square baking pan. Line the baking dish with parchment paper.

3. After an hour, preheat the oven to a 350°F and remove the crust from the refrigerator. Spread most of the crust mixture into the baking pan, leaving about 1/2 cup for the topping. Spread all of the cheese filling evenly over the crust mixture covering all the edges and corners. (*Drop bits with spatula here and there and then gently press to spread). Sprinkle remaining crust mixture over the cheese. Bake for 50 minutes.

The cake will be fluffy once finished baking and then will flatten once cooled and set (that’s the way farmer’s cheese works).

Cool, cut into squares and serve. This cake tastes like cheesecake once cooled in refrigerator. Good for 3-4 days in refrigerator.

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MORE FARMER’S CHEESE RECIPES TO EXPLORE:

Farmer’s Cheese Blueberry Crumb Cake

5 from 5 votes
Servings: 10
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Farmer’s Cheese Blueberry Crumb Cake: slightly sweet, creamy and buttery with a little blueberry hint; Ukrainian kind of cheesecake!

Ingredients

CRUST & TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 oz 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter – refrigerated
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups farmer’s cheese crumbled into a measuring cup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup dried blueberries or 1-3.5 oz bag
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, sift, combine and whisk: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp table salt. Grate 6 oz cold butter onto a big hole into the bowl with dry ingredients and mix with a fork to resemble coarse meal. This would be your crust and topping. Cover with plastic food wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. With your hand, crumble 4 cups farmer’s cheese into a measuring cup and add to a separate medium bowl. Break cheese a bit using a fork. Add 3 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp salt to the bowl with cheese and stir everything together until combined, using a rubber spatula. Stir in 3/4 cup dried blueberries. Set aside. Butter a 9” square baking pan. Line the baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. After an hour, preheat the oven to a 350°F and remove the crust from the refrigerator. Spread most of the crust mixture into the baking sheet, leaving about 1/2 cup for the topping. Spread all of the cheese filling evenly over the crust mixture covering all the edges and corners. (Drop bits with spatula here and there and then gently press to spread). Sprinkle remaining crust mixture over the cheese. Bake for 50 minutes. The cake will be fluffy once finished baking and then will flatten once cooled and set (that’s the way farmer’s cheese works). Cool, cut into squares and serve. This cake tastes like cheesecake once cooled in refrigerator. Good for 3-4 days in refrigerator.
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