Authentic Polish Cheesecake (Sernik) Recipe

by Jan Vasil
Authentic Polish Cheesecake (Sernik) Recipe

Polish Cheesecake, known as Sernik, is a cherished dessert in Poland, celebrated for its smooth, creamy texture and delightful taste.

Made primarily with a special farmer’s cheese called twaróg, Sernik is a delicious journey into Polish culinary tradition, easy to prepare, and offers the wholesome goodness of dairy.

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History of Cheesecakes in Poland and the Most Popular Cheesecake Combinations

The love for cheesecakes in Poland has historical roots, with one legend suggesting that a Polish king first tasted this cheesecake in 1683 and brought the recipe back to Poland from Vienna​​.

Over the centuries, various regions in Poland have embraced and adopted this dessert, leading to a plethora of combinations. The traditional Sernik has a sweet pastry crust filled with twaróg cheese and baked to perfection.

Modern variations include adding fruits, raisins, or chocolate to the filling, or using a crumbly cake as the base​​.

Authentic Polish Cheesecake (Sernik) Recipe

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Recipe by Jan Vasil Course: All Recipes, Sweet Recipes


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  • 2 lbs 2 (900g) of twaróg cheese (or a similar curd cheese)

  • 1 cup 1 (200g) of granulated sugar

  • 4 large 4 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon 1 vanilla extract

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 (60ml) of heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 (30g) of all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 baking powder

  • Optional: 1/2 cup of raisins or chopped fruits


  • Prepare the Cheese:
  • If the cheese is not already smooth, place it in a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Mix the Ingredients:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Mix well.
  • Add the smoothed cheese and heavy cream to the mixture, continuing to mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Lastly, fold in the flour, baking powder, and optional fruits or raisins.
  • Bake the Cheesecake:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Pour the mixture into a greased 9-inch springform pan.
  • Bake for about 60 minutes, or until the cheesecake is set and the top is lightly golden.
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool completely in the oven with the door ajar, to prevent cracking.
  • Chill and Serve:
  • Once cooled, refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours, or overnight, before serving.
  • Enjoy your homemade Polish Cheesecake with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a dollop of sour cream on top!

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Can I use a different type of cheese?

Twaróg is the traditional choice, but cottage cheese or ricotta can be used as substitutes.

How should I store the leftover cheesecake?

Store the leftover cheesecake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can I add a crust to this cheesecake?

Yes, a sweet pastry crust or a graham cracker crust can be added if desired.

What other toppings can be used?

Popular toppings include fresh fruits, fruit preserves, or a chocolate glaze.

Can I freeze the cheesecake?

Yes, ensure it’s wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and foil before freezing for up to 3 months.

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