Silky Smooth Polish Cheesecake: A Heavenly Indulgence


Prepare to be swept away by the velvety richness and decadent flavors of the iconic Polish Cheesecake (Ciasto Sernikowe). This heavenly dessert is a true masterpiece, crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail. Each bite unveils a luxuriously smooth and creamy texture that melts in your mouth, complemented by the subtle tang of cream cheese and the warmth of vanilla. Indulge in this timeless Polish treat and experience a slice of pure bliss.

Silky Smooth Polish Cheesecake: A Heavenly Indulgence

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (plus chilling time)

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 12
  • Serving Size: 1 slice

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 420
  • Total Fat: 28g
  • Saturated Fat: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 130mg
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 9g


  • 1 1/2 lbs (680g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
  • Graham cracker crumbs or crushed cookies for the crust (optional)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. If using a crust, lightly grease a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan and press the graham cracker crumbs or crushed cookies into the bottom to form a compact crust. If not using a crust, grease the pan well.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with a hand mixer or stand mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually add the granulated sugar and salt, beating well after each addition.
  5. Beat in the vanilla extract until well combined.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  7. Stir in the sour cream until fully incorporated.
  8. Finally, fold in the all-purpose flour gently, being careful not to overmix.
  9. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  10. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until the center is almost set (it should still have a slight wobble).
  11. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside for an additional hour with the door closed.
  12. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.
  13. Once cooled, refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Bring all the ingredients to room temperature before starting for a smoother and creamier texture.
  • Avoid overmixing the batter, as this can lead to a cracked or dense cheesecake.
  • Run a knife around the edge of the pan after baking to prevent cracking as the cheesecake cools and contracts.
  • For a decorative touch, top the cooled cheesecake with fresh berries, chocolate shavings, or a drizzle of fruit compote.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use low-fat cream cheese for this recipe?

A: While you can use low-fat cream cheese, it may result in a slightly drier and less rich texture. For the best results, it's recommended to use full-fat cream cheese.

Q: How do I prevent my cheesecake from cracking?

A: Follow the baking and cooling instructions carefully, and avoid overbaking. Additionally, running a knife around the edge of the pan after baking can help prevent cracking as the cheesecake cools and contracts.

Q: Can I freeze this cheesecake?

A: Yes, Polish Cheesecake freezes well. Allow it to cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

As the last velvety bite of this sublime Polish Cheesecake dissolves on your tongue, you'll be left with a lingering sweetness that transcends mere flavor. This dessert is a testament to the artistry and rich culinary traditions of Poland, a delicacy that has been perfected through generations of careful craftsmanship. Savor the moment, for each bite is a journey through time, a celebration of the simple pleasures that bring joy and comfort to the soul. Indulge in this heavenly treat, and let it transport you to a world of pure, unadulterated bliss.