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Mainzer Käse-Käsekuchen Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups quark cheese
- 1 cup grated Gouda cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Special Equipment Needed:
- 9-inch springform pan
- Mixing bowls
- Electric mixer
- Whisk
- Rubber spatula

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, butter, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until crumbly.
3. Add 1 egg and mix until the dough comes together.
4. Press the dough into the bottom of the springform pan and up the sides.
5. In another mixing bowl, beat the remaining 2 eggs.
6. Add the quark cheese, Gouda cheese, heavy cream, raisins, and walnuts. Mix until well combined.
7. Pour the cheese mixture into the crust.
8. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown.
9. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 50-60 minutes
Serving size:
8-10 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories per serving: 398
Fat per serving: 25g
Carbohydrates per serving: 31g
Protein per serving: 12g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Quark cheese can be substituted with cream cheese or ricotta cheese.
- Gouda cheese can be substituted with any type of grated cheese.
- Raisins can be substituted with dried cranberries or chopped apricots.
- Walnuts can be substituted with pecans or almonds.

- Add lemon zest to the cheese mixture for a citrusy twist.
- Use different types of nuts or dried fruits for a different flavor profile.
- Add a layer of fruit preserves on top of the crust before adding the cheese mixture.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure the butter is softened before mixing with the dry ingredients.
- Press the dough firmly into the pan to prevent it from crumbling.
- Let the cheesecake cool completely before slicing to prevent it from falling apart.
- Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of honey.

Storage Instructions:
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
- Reheat in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

Presentation Ideas:
- Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
- Top with fresh berries or fruit compote.
- Serve with a side of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

- Fresh berries
- Whipped cream
- Powdered sugar

- Riesling wine
- Sparkling water with lemon or lime

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Mixed greens salad with vinaigrette dressing
- Roasted vegetables
- Garlic bread

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the crust is too crumbly, add a little more butter to the mixture.
- If the cheesecake cracks, it may have been overcooked. Check the cheesecake 10-15 minutes before the recommended cooking time to prevent overcooking.

Food Safety Advice:
- Make sure all ingredients are fresh and not expired.
- Wash hands and surfaces thoroughly before cooking.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator and consume within 3 days.

Food History:
- Mainzer Käse-Käsekuchen is a traditional German cheesecake from the city of Mainz in the Rhineland-Palatinate region.

Flavor Profiles:
- Creamy, tangy, sweet, and nutty.

Serving Suggestions:
- Serve as a dessert or as a savory dish for brunch or lunch.

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Region: German

Taste: Creamy, Cheesy, Savory, Tangy, Nutty