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Pesach Cheesecake (Gluten Free)


Gvina levana cheese, also known as quark cheese, adds a special flavor profile to this basic cheesecake recipe.

For more delicious cheesecakes like this one, see our post The Ultimate Cheesecake Roundup.



Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (170 degrees Celsius).


Beat the eggs whites till stiff, gradually adding the sugar. While the mixer is at low speed, add the rest of the ingredients just until they are incorporated. Don’t over-mix.


Pour into a 9- x 13-inch pan (you will have a little batter left for an additional small pan) and bake for 10 minutes.


Lower the temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius) and continue baking for another 50 minutes. Leave the cake in the oven for at least half an hour to cool.


It’s advisable to place a pan with water on the bottom of the oven and leave it there while the cheesecake is baking. I usually do this step while preheating the oven. This ensures that the cake will stay high and not fall.


To get that real smooth cut when you slice your cheesecake (see photo), dip the knife in very hot water and rub it dry before cutting each slice.


What do I do with all those yolks? I actually tried making this cake and incorporating half the yolks into the batter together with the cheeses. It was delicious — and a little thicker, as opposed to spongy. You can also use them in any kugel you’re making.


There is an optional cream that you can make for this cake if you make it during the year: Beat together one cup heavy cream (shamenet metukah), one cup milk, and four to five tablespoons vanilla instant pudding powder. Spread this on the cooled cake. Also, you can add one to one and a half teaspoons of very finely chopped lemon and/or orange rind when making it all year. It adds amazing flavor. You can also substitute corn starch or vanilla pudding powder instead of the potato starch during the year.