“The world belongs to the energetic.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Yes, I made quark again because the little Cherry and Matcha Cheesecake Pots I recently made were very enticing. I thought I must make the dessert a second time as it was absolutely delicious… that thought changed when I stumbled upon a comment by Magdalena from Tasty Colours on David Lebovitz’s French Tomato Tart. I set off to check her blog. Such a fun discovery. A great blog  with pretty pictures, with recipes that made me wander deeper and deeper. Magdalena,  who was born in Krakow,  is a food blogger living in Paris, and she attempts to take the best of Polish food and present it keeping with current culinary trends.

There I found a Polish cheesecake recipe which used a Polish curd cheese, twaróg, and this was what I wanted to make – Kraków Style Cheesecake. My fascination with soft curd cheese continues; I had found a new one to obsess about! I left Magdalena a comment, and the day wound up with the sweet girl and me mailing each other into the night. She was ever so helpful and forthcoming, offering me plenty of suggestions and substitutes, mainly because our ingredients are poles apart. So was the Polish curd cheese which Madga said was much firmer than quark, and unlike quark, could be sliced too. That recipe would then have to wait, but I did have cheesecake on my mind.
So I made my own version of cheesecake, to be served with a fruit topping {Quark can be a little tangy, so it pairs well with fruit}. I think I overbrowned my cheesecake a teeny bit in my general enthusiasm. That because electricity was back after an 8 hour outage, and thereafter I was possessed to keep baking! Phew… the extra browning didn’t do much harm though, and tasted very nice!  Upon tasting, the daughter immediately gave it a high five and pleaded for another slice … testimony to the fact that it was good!! Never easy to please a teen!!

Quark Cheesecake with Fresh Cherry Pie Filling
Biscuit base
200gms graham crackers or digestive biscuits
50gms dark chocolate, grated {optional}
4 tbsps unsalted butter, melted
500gms quark {recipe for homemade quark here}
100ml softly whipped top of the milk cream, or melted butter
180gms vanilla / granulated sugar
3 eggs
3 tbsps flour
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 quantity fresh cherry pie topping {recipe here}


Biscuit case
In a bowl, mix the cookie crumbs, grated chocolate {if using} and melted butter till it clumps together. Turn into the base of a spring form tin, and smoothen out to make a base, working a little up halfway up the sides if you like too. Use the base of a glass tumbler to smoothen it out. Place if freezer for 10 minutes, while you prepare the filling.
Put the sugar, scraped vanilla bean and quark in a mixing bowl, and beat till smooth.
Add the cream / butter, eggs, vanilla extract and flour and beat again for a minute.
Turn into the chilled biscuit case, and bake at 150C for 1 1/2 hours, until set. {A knife inserted into the centre should come out clean}.
Leave to cool in the oven, and then cover the cheesecake {left in the baking tin} with foil, and chill overnight.
Take out of tin, place on serving platter, top with fresh cherry pie topping. Chill until served!
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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. Grapefruit says:

    simply beautiful – love your fresh cherry topping.

  2. Federica says:

    straordinaria e golosa!! bravissima! baci!

  3. Cherine says:

    This looks absolutely yummy!

  4. Foodessa says:

    Deeba and the rest of the lucky bakers who have access to great tasting cherries…you have to take a pause so that the rest of us can catch up!
    All these mouth-watering desserts with this joyful fruit. You're making green…no…red with envy!!!
    Great recipe…thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

  5. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    This quark cheese is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colour contrast and it's pack full of flavours!

  6. I envy u making your own cheese. I ve been wanting to try one of your homemade cheeses since forever but have never made myself do it. I think I shd very soon…i need teh courage .

    The cherry filling looks absolutely gorgeous as all your desserts do…ur very lucky too to have an abundance of such pretty fruits!

  7. Sorry for the delete Deeba. I thought my first comment didnt get thru.

  8. WizzyTheStick says:

    Gosh, does anything you make not look delectable. You are one super talented lady.

  9. Sue Sparks says:

    Beautiful cheesecake(and daughter too)! :)

  10. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Absolutely heavenly!



  11. tasteofbeirut says:

    LOve that spectacular cheesecake Deeba; I also am a big fan of Magdalena's blog and I am fascinated with her Eastern European background;
    So funny that you wanted to try a Polish cheesecake!
    This one is a gem.

  12. Looks divine Deeba!! Your blog makes me run to switch on my oven every now and then:-))

  13. bellini valli says:

    This cheesecake screams, "eat me" Deeba. How I wish I had a slice right now.

  14. Katie says:

    Oh yum! The cheesecake looks divine! So fresh and indulgant.

  15. MeetaK says:

    ummm! i lve this! fruity and rangy! perfect!

  16. Barbara Bakes says:

    Grated chocolate sounds like a wonderful addition to the crust. I've never had cheesecake with anything but cream cheese. I'll have to get more adventurous. It looks luscious.

  17. Nithya says:

    Thats simple way too tempting. yummmm :) Your clicks are fantastic as ever :) makes me drool too much.

  18. Oh, my goodness! This looks incredibly good and I love your presentation of the cheesecake. I'm sure this tastes as good as it looks. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  19. bunkycooks says:

    This is a beautiful cheesecake! The cherries and the chocolate must be incredibly delicious together. Cherries have been so expensive here, I am hesitant to purchase them, but I might have to do it now. Love the photos, as always.

  20. Barbara says:

    I'm loving all the cherry recipes! And this dish in particular!

  21. Jamie says:

    Oh a cheesecake made with quark! This is for me! And if it is Polish then it must be the drier type cheesecake which I prefer as well! Excellent! And of course with cherries it has got to be outrageously delicious! Beautiful and perfect as usual, dear Deeba!

  22. Magdalena says:

    Dear Deeba,
    thanks for mentioning my cheesecake recipe and mentioning my new-born blog, and for all those warms words! Greatm and encouraging!
    I hope that you will be able to do this twaróg cheese (thanks for mentioning its name in Polish) one day, and to use it for some Polish style cheesecake. The tradition to eat cheesecakes is great here, and the cheesecake that I presented on my blog is just a one example of tens (or maybe, even hundreds) of recipes for Polish style cheesecakes. They may be topped with variety of summer fruits (in particular, billberries – a kind of wild blueberries ?); cherries, strawberries and so on; you can prepare the sweet dough as the bottom, but I know recipes which do not use any dough for the bottom, only cheese, cheese and cheese.
    I do not think your cake is over baked; as my French husband would say, c'est bien fait. This type of cheesecake must be well baked, I think.
    Anyway, yours looks really tasty, and pictures are great, too.
    And as regards children, I understand what you mean. Our daughter is 2 years and 3 months years old, and since a few months refuses to eat meat, fish, vegetables and cereals.
    Before that, she was well eating healthy baby. It is a disaster, and we cannot understand how it could happen, as we take care so much to eat well balanced food; in plus, since her favorite "dish" is milk and bananas, she has her nose taken all the time.
    All good to you,

  23. It looks absolutely lovely. The Polish style cheesecake sounds wonderful and very tasty.

  24. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    hehe to get a high five from a teen is a wondrous thing indeed! Love that pic of her, she's gorgeous! 😉

  25. Peabody says:

    That looks insanely fantastic.

  26. Julia @Mélanger says:

    I still haven't baked with quark despite all your wonderful inspiration. I really need to do something about that!!!

  27. Hi.We've just been transferred to Delhi. Would appreciate if you could add some info about where one would find the good ingredients for these recipes.I do find that challenging!Thanks.

  28. Trissa says:

    You made your own quark? I tell you Deeba – you are just amazing! And I truly love the cherry topping – such indulgence.

  29. Oh what a wonderful recipe!! The pictures are so beautiful too!

  30. pigpigscorner says:

    It's beautiful with the cherry topping! I really have to try this quark! I just made a cheesecake with full fat cream cheese, how sinful is that?!

  31. lisaiscooking says:

    Cherries with quark sounds like a great match! The topping looks so delicious. Must have been a delightful dessert!

  32. Natalie... says:

    Mmmm this looks and sounds delicious, im making a cheesecake tonight hehe yummm!!

  33. lynnette says:

    Beautiful photos!!!

  34. Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog says:

    Yes the world belongs to the energetic people and also to who make wonderful things – like this cheesecake..Deeba you photos are amazing!!

    Scrumptious sweet recipe :)



  35. printsafficionado says:

    oh my! this recipes are so great! this pie look delicious thanks for sharing… i definetly wont look as good as this when i do it though..

  36. Body Gospel says:

    That looks delish!

  37. Peter M says:

    Cherry cheesecake is still the King. Many many varieties of cheesecake but we all comeback to the original!

  38. LaChelle @ SugarDuchess says:

    Wow, you had me at cheesecake… but those gorgeous red cherries are so eye-catching! Thanks for sharing :)

  39. this sounds fascinating, I adore cheesecake so I'm definitely going to take note of this one!

  40. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    That cherry topping looks fantastic!! Great job :)

  41. Hi Deeba, this cheesecake looks divine. You’ve inspired me to make it today. Instead of cherry topping I’m going to use mango *fingers crossed*
    Also going to start a food blog instead of simply posting all my baking pics on my FB profile.
    Love how you present all your food experiments, beautiful pictures!


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