Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Leftover cottage cheese cake

What do you do when you have a pack of forgotten old cottage cheese sitting in your refrigerator? Last time, instead of throwing it away, I decided to improvise and whipped up a cake that turned out surprisingly delicious:

1 cup softened butter
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup cottage cheese
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla sugar
A handful of raisins

I simply mixed these ingredients in no particular order and baked until the cake was nice and golden. It was one of those times when not being afraid of experiments produced excellent results.

24 comments:

Terry said...

You categorize these posts as "in the novice's kitchen", but you don't sound like a novice to me. If you, with your creativity and resourcefulness in the kitchen, are a novice, what does that make me? I NEVER would have thought up such a wonderful way to use up leftover cottage cheese! You are for from a novice, Anna.

Anna S said...

Terry,

I consider myself a novice because until the age of 21, I could hardly boil an egg. I've only been cooking for a little over a year now :)

I will be forever grateful for the cooking classes we had in college.

Sammybunny said...

wowzers...everything everyone cooks on these blogs looks delicious! too bad I would have to significantly alter everything just to eat it...*sniff snif* but it DOES look delicious@ i'll have to try it for my friends some time!

Rebekah S. said...

I'm not one for cottage cheese, but this actually sounds good!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Lisa said...

I would have never thought about making a cottage cheese cake. That is a great idea and will definately have to try it.

Kelly said...

Great idea. Sometimes the best ideas just come out of nowhere and end up being really delicious.

Alexandra said...

Yummy! Thanks, I will have to make this cake soon! What a great recipe...simple ingredients, but big taste, I bet.

Kristy Howard said...

I would have never thought of it either... what a creative recipe! It looks delicious, too... I can almost smell it cooking!! :) Thanks for sharing, Anna!

~Kristy

Julia said...

Yes, but what if your cottage cheese has turned pink? That has actually happened to me!

Anna S said...

Julia, *pink* cottage cheese? I've never heard of that. I think I wouldn't risk using it if that happened to me :)

deb said...

I would never have thought that cottage cheese cake would taste good, but I will take your word for it. The next time that I have cottage cheese left over from making lasagna in the fridge, I will try this recipe. Thanks.

Dana said...

Yum-O!

Krystyna said...

Wow, I wouldn't have thought this is possible!
I lived in England for a while, where there is no Eastern European-type curd cheese/ twaróg/ turó, only cottage cheese, and somehow my mother couldn't make cheese cake with it - it was too moist and lumpy. So my question is, how was the texture, did the lumps dissapear?

Another thing that can be made from old cottage cheese (I use curd cheese) is fritters/pancakes. The dough is the same as in your cake, but without the butter and baking powder. It's faster than cake, but far more unhealthy!

Anna S said...

Krystyna, there were no lumps, I think they melted away. But I prefer tworog too.

Crystal said...

Looks delicious, I'll have to try to make it.

Chantelle said...

I work for the coast guard and we have all these extra containers of cottage cheese hanging around and we didn't know what to do with them, so the second cook asked me to hop online and look for a cake recipe using cottage cheese... and voila, I stumbled across this! I ended up making four batches of it (except I added whole blueberries all throughout it) and they JUST came out of the oven and they are FABULOUS! Smell a lot like cheese cake and they're very moist. The boys are all poking their heads in already. Good work!

God Gave Us Girls said...

We might give that a shot today- found some cottage cheese (not pink yet) and if I can convince my wife (don't need to convince the girls & buy some flour!)
Thanks!'

Roy

Isabelle said...

I was looking for a recipe to use leftover cottage cheese I had. (My Dad loves it but no one likes it very much in my family and after he left a week ago I didn't know what to do with the leftovers...) I found yours and love the results! I had to modify it a bit. I wasn't sure I would like it so I halved all the ingredients (except the cottage cheese--I put all I had which looked like about a cup, and used 2 eggs) and I didn't have raisins so I used dried cranberries.
It turned out moist, but almost crunchy at the bottom (I used my stoneware baking pan), sweet but not too sweet. It was very good! Thank you for that recipe! I'll be making it again!

DeCuteLegante said...

What a very simple recipe, but what is the oven temperature for the baking process and how long? thanks...

musicaaaa said...

it looks amazing i am worried to cut it because it looks stunning!:)

musicaaaa said...

just wow I love sour cakes and all my family were surprised to have that taste at home!(my cheese was over to turn pink) :)but you can't imagine the taste

Tia Jimmy said...

Do you bake it at 350?

The Muffin Man said...

My grandsons refer to me as the Muffin Man as I'm always looking to make muffins and will use whatever I have at hand. With a 500 ml container of left over cottage cheese getting near the due date I had to act and found the above recipe. Pureed 2 cups cottage cheese with an immersion blender. Used half cup veg oil and half cup butter (all I had) added 3/4 cup applesauce, increased baking powder to 4 tsp and increased to 3 cups flour. Full cup chopped mixed dried fruit (could use all raisins)stayed at 1 cup sugar and 3 eggs. Mixed all wet ingredients then all dry ingredients and then gently mixed together Made 21 large muffins baked at 400F for 24 minutes. Turned out perfect and most were eaten by 6 of us within the hour. After you have made muffins several times you get the feel for what thh consistency should be before baking. Don't be afraid to experiment with what you have on hand (you may surprise yourself) Cheers 'The Muffin Man'

Andrea said...

I just made this! The whole house smells wonderful.

Thank you so much for the delicious recipe and, most of all, the lovely, warm philosophy throughout your blog.