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Wayne Riley


German Cheesecake
I thought I had a recipe for this, but found out I didn't. It's a cheesecake his German grandma made for him often.
Wayne said this was REAL cheesecake. Here is a similar version of his childhood favorite.

Graham Cracker Crust:

3 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine


2 envelopes plain unflavored gelatin (like Knox)
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup granulated white sugar
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup milk
1 pound creamed schmierkase or cottage cheese (pureed)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large egg whites, stiffly beaten
1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream (beaten)

Combine graham cracker crust ingredients together. Mix well. Set 1 cup of this mixture aside for your topping.
Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 10" deep round dish or 10" springform pan.
It will fill up to the top. If you have a 12" pan, you will have more room.
Instead, you can use a 10" springform pan with deep 4" sides.

Soften the gelatin in the cold water and let it stand five minutes.
It will be very thick like paste and absorb all the water.
In the top of a double boiler, combine the sugar, egg yolks and milk over very low heat on top of simmering water.
Do not let water get above a simmer or you will have scrambled egg yolks.
Remove from heat. Stir in softened gelatin and allow to cool completely until thickened.
Add the pureed cheese and mix well. Remove mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites and beaten heavy whipping cream. Fold until ingredients are well combined.
Spoon into graham cracker lined pan. Sprinkle reserved graham cracker crumbs over the top of the torte.
Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours to set.

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This is a collection of recipes that Wayne enjoyed, we make no claims as to their origin.