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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Swedish Cheesecake also known as...

Ostakaka or Osta Kaka. Which in Swedish means Osta (cheese) Kaka (cake or cookie). This recipe was given to me by my Aunt who many years ago, lived in a Swedish community (Lindsborg Kansas) where she obtained the recipe. This a favorite Christmas dessert with it's festive color and delicate flavor. Who knew when I grew up I would marry into a Swedish family!

This dessert is easy to make and most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. All but one - you may not have lingonberries. They are a staple here in Minnesota and I always have a couple of jars of lingonberry preserves on hand. They are also delicious on pancakes and waffles. You must not make this dessert unless you find the lingonberry preserves, otherwise you will be disappointed and we don't want that. The cheesecake is a very simple recipe and it really needs it's crowning glory of lingonberries and whipped cream.

24 ounces cottage cheese, 2% fat
4 whole eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups half and half
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash nutmeg or cardamom

1.    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly oil or butter a 9 x 13 casserole dish.

2.    In a large mixing bowl by hand, beat the eggs. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.  Pour into
       a prepared baking dish.

3.    Bake at 325 degrees for approximately an hour. Test by inserting a knife in the middle,
       the blade should come out clean. This is similar to a custard. Cool.

4.    Spoon into serving dish and top with Lingonberry Preserves and whipped cream.

                Really not much to look at
                   in it's unadorned state.

Lingonberry Preserves are a must for this dessert. These are from IKEA. I f you don't happen to live near one try your local grocers. There are several brands of lingonberry preserves available, look for them in the gourmet food section of you grocery store.

Lingonberries are in the same family as cranberries. They are smaller in size and somewhat sweeter with a mild peppery bite.

Top your dessert with some whipped cream and you will be as happy as a bird in the morning!

Linked with Tina's PicStory in the kitchen


  1. This sounds so good. I love lingonberry preserves. I usually find them in specialty food stores or sometimes the Christmas Tree Shop! Like them on thin crepes. I am enjoying the music as I type. xo

  2. oh, that looks so tasty. I'll have to go find me some lingonberries.
    - ourhometoyours

  3. I've got to try this (and I will) cheesecake is my most favourite pudding and we've got a jar of Ikea lingonberries in the fridge that aren't going anywhere in a hurry.

  4. Oh, this is wonderful! I have to try it!
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. How delicious! I hope you have fika while eating this. ;)

  6. Thank you all for visiting! Lydia, what is fika? Next time we talk to my father in-law I will have to ask!

  7. Yes, here's a link to read more about it. My sister lived in Sweden for a few months and fika was her favorite. In a quick statement, it's more of a lovely break including tea, coffee, etc. and something sweet to eat. ;)


  8. Thank you Lydia, I will read all about it!

  9. YUM!! It sounds and looks delicious! You are right...I don't have any lingonberry jam! I don't even know if we have it here in Georgia! I might uses blackberry...we have that! LOL

    Finished my wreath and posted it's picture..it is on its way to France now..in a pizza box! LOL


  10. that looks very yummy! thanks for your kitchen-view :)

  11. This looks divine. And I learned something today...I've not heard of, ever, this lingon berry before. I will have to look for it and then try this recipe.

    I bet it's delicious.

    Through my Kitchen Window

    Hope to see you visit, and, have a glorious Tuesday.

  12. It turned out great! Very yummy. My family made it from scratch making the curds from raw milk, ect as I grew up. Cottage cheese is my way of making this yummy Swedish dessert. Thank you.


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