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Pustertaler 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 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup grated Pustertaler cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Special equipment needed:
- 9-inch springform pan
- Electric mixer
- Mixing bowls

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and grated Pustertaler cheese.
5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the heavy cream and sour cream, until everything is well combined.
6. Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch springform pan and sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese on top.
7. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is set.
8. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing the sides of the pan.
9. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45-50 minutes
Serving size:
8-10 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 360
Fat: 25g
Saturated Fat: 15g
Cholesterol: 140mg
Sodium: 270mg
Carbohydrates: 25g
Protein: 8g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Pustertaler cheese can be substituted with any other hard cheese such as Parmesan or Romano.
- Heavy cream can be substituted with half-and-half or whole milk.
- Sour cream can be substituted with Greek yogurt.

- Add chopped herbs such as thyme or rosemary to the batter for extra flavor.
- Top the cake with sliced tomatoes or roasted red peppers before baking.
- Add cooked bacon or ham to the batter for a savory twist.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before mixing.
- Do not overmix the batter or the cake will be tough.
- Let the cake cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Storage instructions:
Store leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat individual slices in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or in a preheated oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the cake on a platter with fresh herbs and sliced tomatoes.

Garnish with fresh herbs such as thyme or rosemary.

Pair with a crisp green salad or roasted vegetables.

Suggested side dishes:
Serve with roasted potatoes or garlic bread.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the cake is too dry, reduce the baking time or add more sour cream to the batter.
- If the cake is too wet, increase the baking time or reduce the amount of heavy cream in the batter.

Food safety advice:
Make sure all ingredients are fresh and properly stored before using.

Food history:
Pustertaler Käsekuchen is a traditional dish from the Puster Valley region of Italy. It is a savory cake made with local Pustertaler cheese.

Flavor profiles:
Savory, cheesy, and slightly tangy.

Serving suggestions:
Serve warm or at room temperature as a main dish or appetizer.

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Taste: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, Savory, Rich