Käsekuchen is a traditional German-style cheesecake.

The Hemmes reach back to their German heritage for product ideas, one being käsekuchen, a German cheesecake traditionally made with quark.


Serves | 12 |


  • 1½ cups crumbled graham crackers
  • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Filling and Assembly

  • 3½ cups room-temperature quark cheese
  • ½ cup room-temperature sour cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • prebaked graham-cracker crust (recipe below)

prebaked graham-cracker crust (recipe below)

| Preparation – Crust | Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients and whisk to combine. Press mixture into the bottom and sides of a springform pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Set aside.

| Preparation – Filling and Assembly | Preheat oven to 350°F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add quark, sour cream and sugar and mix on low speed until combined. In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Add ¼ of eggs at a time to quark batter. Stir in corn syrup and vanilla extract.

Wrap the bottom of the springform pan with aluminum foil. Pour batter into prebaked graham-cracker crust. Carefully set springform pan inside a large cake pan or baking dish; add 1 inch of boiling water to bottom of large cake pan or baking dish to surround outside of springform pan. Bake for 90 minutes. Remove springform pan from large cake pan or baking dish. Let cool for at least 1 hour, then chill in refrigerator for about 6 hours. Serve plain or with fresh berries.

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