Russian farmer’s cheese zapekanka aka Tvoroznaja Zapekanka


How to prepare Russian farmer’s cheese zapekanka in no time




russian farmer's cheese zapekanka




Russian farmer’s cheese zapekanka is really quick and easy to prepare. This creamy, cheesy and delicious oven-baked dish is flavourful and has a light texture. This Russian dish is classics. Zape-what? Za-pe-kan-ka. The name comes the Russian word “petch” which means to bake. You can also call it “baking”, it will not become less tasty because of this 🙂


In Russia, you can find the Russian farmer’s cheese zapekanka everywhere. At the school canteen and at the dining table. You can prepare this Russian oven-baked dish from almost any combination of ingredients and often it’s being called “leftover dish”. You need a handful of ingredients and you are set to go. Any veggies left from a previous dish? Bake zapekanka. Boiled way too much pasta? Bake zapekanka:-)

Farmer’s cheese zapekanka could be sweet or savoury. You can eat it for breakfast, as a snack and as a dessert. So, all day long:-)  In English they call the sweet breakfast cake Russian farmer’s cheesecake.

In this blog post, I will teach you how to bake lazy zapekanka iz tvoroga, or Russian cheesecake made with farmer’s cheese.


What about spoiling yourself once in a while with something new for dessert? Something tasty and at the same time very lazy, so you do not have to spend hours in the kitchen. So easy-peasy!

I do have an idea. I came up with this easy and healthy breakfast cake recipe for you today.

Not a culinary masterpiece, but still delicious. And besides that it is also healthy, there is no added sugar in it. What would you say?


Shall we?



russian farmer's cheese zapekanka



russian farmer's cheese zapekanka




You will need these ingredients :


– 1 tsp. baking soda

– 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

– 500 gr. farmer’s cheese (maybe lean or full)

(You may also use soft curd cheese, cottage cheese, quark or Greek yoghurt instead)

– 3-4 eggs

– 8 gr. (1 sachet of vanilla-flavoured sugar)

– 4 tbsp. semolina

– a handful of raisins (can also be more)

– a (round) baking dish/tin



Farmer’s Cheese Breakfast Cake



Farmer’s Cheese Breakfast Cake




This is how you proceed to prepare a Russian farmer’s cheese zapekanka:


  1. Leave the raisins in a bowl filled with warm water to soak.
  2. Mix the baking soda and vinegar well to foam.
  3. Stir the eggs through the farmer’s cheese well and add the soda-vinegar mixture.
  4. When everything is well mixed add the vanilla sugar and the semolina.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  6. Drain the raisins well and add to the mix.
  7. Grease the clean and dry baking tin well and sprinkle a little semolina over the edges.
  8. Pour the whole mixture into the baking tin and put it in the oven for about 40 minutes.
  9. Let your Russian cheesecake cool down before serving.



Enjoy your meal!

Хорошего апетита!


And a tip:

You can enjoy Russian cheesecake hot or cold.

Sprinkle a little ground coconut on top when you are going to serve your Russian zapekanka.




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Russian farmer’s cheese zapekanka aka Tvoroznaja Zapekanka


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