Russian Cottage Cheese Bake (Zapekanka)

This is delicious and ease dish of Russian cuisine.

Original recipe calls for the cottage cheese, but it can be replaced by strained yogurt or quark cheese – both work well. Thing to remember – do not use low or zero fat yogurt / cheese as it tends to split while cooking at high temperature.

This dish is very popular with dieters thanks to high levels of protein of the cottage cheese or strained yogurt. Regular consumption of calcium-rich foods is linked to lower body weight: yogurt helps reduce fat around the waistline and retain more lean muscle than diets that don’t include it.

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Probiotics in yogurts have a general immunity-boosting effect and inhibit a range of pathogenic bacteria and yeasts in the gut.

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Your main ingredients are basically – cottage cheese/yogurt, plain flour, eggs and some sweeteners such as sugar, honey, raisins, etc. Try use semolina instead of plain flour for the more fluffy and less heavy texture.

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I prefer raisins in this bake, but any other dried berries or even banana (make sure it’s not over-ripened) work well too.

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Russian Cottage Cheese Bake (Zapekanka)
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 400 g cottage cheese, 9% or 12% fat
  2. 80 g plain yogurt, full-fat
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 3 tbsp caster sugar
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 3 tbsp plain flour
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 2 tbsp raisins
  10. icing sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease and lightly dust with a flour a baking tin.
  2. If the cottage cheese is not grainy, then push it through a sieve.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, and salt. Mix all well using a hand blender or a mixer.
  4. Stir in the flour and baking powder.
  5. Gently fold in the raisins.
  6. Pour the batter in the baking tin. Bake for ~30 minutes.
  7. Let to cool. Dusted with the icing sugar.
  1. It's delicious both warm or cold.
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