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Simple Cottage Cheese Cake

Simple Cottage Cheese Cake
You should never reveal your talents or skills at work if you want to reserve some time for your hobbies. Your boss and colleagues will immediately find a way to apply them. I don’t belong to that type of people for whom career is synonym of happiness; I do my job for a living. That’s why I panic every time I get included in a new project, a working group or in a brainstorming team. I wish I had never said I could edit web pages or make banners. I wish I had never said I could use the computer. I wish I were tiny and invisible. But you cannot be invisible if you’re a press officer and it’s the pre-election period. You must be optimistic, fresh and bursting with energy and ideas. Which eventually brings me to a state of complete stupor, so when I come home from work, all I want is hide under my blanket, sleep, and dream about being invisible to co-workers. Over the last weeks, I’ve been eating frozen string beans and other type of meals you can prepare in 10-15 minutes. I haven’t even opened my last issue of Bon Appetit. I haven’t been checking Tastespotting and Foodgawker…

This is just a recipe for a simple cottage cheese cake my Mum makes. It’s good fresh from the oven or cooled, with crème fraiche or berry jam. One of its main advantages is that it’s very simple to make.

I’m thinking of making lemon&lime sorbet tomorrow – that’s the most complicated dish for me to handle at this time. Wish me luck.

Simple Cottage Cheese Cake


600g cottage cheese
½ cup + 2tbsp semolina
½ cup white sugar
2 eggs
½ tsp baking soda+a drop of vinegar
5 tbsp sour cream
50g butter
Vanilla and cinnamon sugar to taste


Blend eggs with sugar until pale. Add cottage cheese, ½ cup semolina, vanilla, and soda mixed with a drop of vinegar. Add sour cream and stir well.
Grease your baking pan with approximately ½ of the butter and sprinkle it with remaining semolina. Pour the batter into the baking pan and spread it evenly. Put the remaining butter, cut in small pieces, on top of the batter. Sprinkle the batter with cinnamon sugar.
Bake on a low heat until ready (30-40 minutes depending on the thickness of your cake, check readiness with a toothpick).
Serve with crème fraiche or homemade jam.

Simple Cottage Cheese Cake

Simple Cottage Cheese Cake

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23 Responses

  1. Nath says:

    Oh do I know the feeling! Best of luck and I wish you some well-deserved rest very soon. This cake does look like the perfect food to make you feel better I must say.

  2. Wow, that cake looks phenomenal! I shouldn’t laugh but that is funny that you get included in so many projects because of your talents! I feel the same way. I don’t tell anyone in my church that I play the piano because I don’t want them to ask me to play it in front of everyone every Sunday. I’m kind of too shy to broadcast my talents. :)

  3. Alina says:

    Nath, thank you for your support! I think I’m getting better now - I mean I’m learning how to survive under this hectic period at work! :)
    Sook, hehe so you also have this problem, in a way :) thank you for your kind comment!

  4. Mish says:

    What a perfect looking cake!! I am going to try making it tomorrow…by soda do you mean the bubbly stuff, or baking soda?

    • Alina says:

      I mean baking soda! sorry for the confusion, I’ll correct this now. Let me know how it goes if you try the recipe!! :)

      • Mish says:

        Thank you for clarifying….I made a cake once that called for Coca Cola, so using drinking soda didn’t seem so far fetched to me =) Will be making the recipe in a couple hours here, I’ll make sure to let you know how it went.

        • Danial says:

          Thank You Ceilo, for hosting Show off Your Cottage Monday, It was my first blog party & and fun to do! Also, thank you for the kind words you left me, yes the Header is of my gadren. I hope you and your Lovely daughter had a Woderful Day! Thank You, Bella

        • Anderson says:

          Thought it wonldu’t to give it a shot. I was right.

        • Many many quality points there.

        • Fadhilla says:

          Hi Cielo…I think I’ve heard of this site before…One of my dear sohocl friends uses this to add some extra fun to her photos :) :) :) How cool…You did a great job with these…and I’ll have to admit the one with your photo and the kitty cat…made my heart melt. I LOVE cats :) ): ): Have a lovely weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

        • Thayane says:

          I always start evtrnehiyg off with white. I love a nice, clean, simple palette. Then, as much as I love white, I have to punch it up with color. Oh, I do love me some color. Especially, jewel tones of ruby and amethyst, or emerald or turquoise. I just found your blog and I will have to link up on a Monday with a cottage pic or two. I’ll be back love

      • Bravo! A liberal arts eocuatidn prepares one to be an educated person, having been introduced to numerous areas of knowledge. Among them he may pursue any or all in order to develop freely and richly. The alternative offered, and not just in this period of recession, is that a college eocuatidn correlates with a higher salary, and so the student should be encouraged to enter a school that specializes in job training. The fallacy here is that (of course) college graduates make more money than high school graduates on average they are smarter. As to the necessity of earning a salary, there is always graduate school where the liberal arts major can acquire the training. A liberal arts eocuatidn may lead to a good income, but truly satisfying riches are not represented by a paycheck. The colleges themselves are often guilty of stressing that as a reason to go to college, without making the case for the possibility of becoming a well-informed citizen of the world of ideas. Peter Christoph

      • insurance says:

        A perfect reply! Thanks for taking the trouble.

      • Thanks for starting the ball rolling with this insight.

      • Sonali says:

        What a funny thing. I really shulod try it.Guess what… I had my long hair cut off. I finally found out that I did not want to keep it long like that, and cut it off shuloder-length. Regrets? No, not at all. I smile every time I see my new look. I have had it long for seven years. Did I got the “seven-year-hair-itch” or did I just got bored? Anyway. No regrets….have a nice weekend hugs elsamarianne

      • Mahendra says:

        Hi Cielo, I do love all your whites…whites are so prtety and soft, such a cool and soothing color. I love your crochet throw..did you make it..I have linked up with you, but I did not post pink or white I posted Red. Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

      • Neia says:

        Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Makes me want to rush out and buy new white underwear in case I am wnialkg in your wonderful garden and the wind should blow my white skirt up over my white (sadly white) thighs! Love to you- xo Diana

  5. Mish says:

    One more question….is it dry curd cottage cheese or the one in water?

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  7. Ashley says:

    This looks so good! I am going to make it now to use up some cottage cheese in the fridge.

  8. Kate says:

    What would be a good temperature (in Celsius or Fahrenheit) to set the oven to for this cake?

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