Cheesecakes and other dairy treats are customary for the springtime Jewish festival of Shavuoth.

Joan Nathan
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1994


Recipe Summary

2 hrs 30 mins
Nutrition Profile:




Instructions Checklist
  • To make crust: Lightly oil a 9-inch springform pan, or coat it with nonstick cooking spray. Place zwieback in a food processor with sugar and cinnamon. Add oil, butter and water. Process until the crumbs are evenly moistened.

  • Reserve 2 tablespoons of the crumb mixture for the top of the torte. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom and sides of the springform pan. Set aside.

  • To make filling: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine milk and cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside. Puree cottage cheese and sour cream in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute.

  • Add sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk mixture and process. Beat 4 egg whites in a large mixing bowl until stiff but not dry. Fold the cheese mixture into the egg whites with a spatula.

  • Pour into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the reserved crumbs and bake for 1 hour, or until well puffed. (There will be a few cracks.) Turn off the oven and leave the torte in the oven for 1 hour with the door closed to cool gradually. Remove from oven; transfer to a rack to cool completely. Serve garnished with strawberries.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

369 calories; protein 10.3g 21% DV; carbohydrates 55.7g 18% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 0.7g 3% DV; sugars 41.6g; fat 13g 20% DV; saturated fat 4g 20% DV; cholesterol 56.7mg 19% DV; vitamin a iu 331.8IU 7% DV; vitamin c 19.8mg 33% DV; folate 19.7mcg 5% DV; calcium 102.3mg 10% DV; iron 1.2mg 7% DV; magnesium 13.1mg 5% DV; potassium 169.9mg 5% DV; sodium 228.5mg 9% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV.