My mother-in-law makes this increeeeedible Austrian free-form baked cheesecake that her late mother before her made. It’s a mainstay at every family function and has been for the last thirty odd years (she’s never tried not bringing it – I think it would start a riot it’s that popular).
You often hear of people saying they regret not having asked mum or grandma about family favourite recipes before they are lost forever, so I’ve been begging Sylvia to show me how to make her famous cheesecake (to ensure I’m always popular with the in-laws, haha!). Recently we finally got around to having our lesson, along with The Man and my brother-in-law and his partner.
My mother-in-law Sylvia made one herself first to show us (here she is mixing the filling made from quark cheese, which I’d never heard of).
Oma’s recipe used sultanas but these days we love it with blueberries.
Me attempting my own, which ended up like this:
I love how the pastry crust cracks while it’s baking so you can see the colourful berries and gooey centre peek through.
I was initially worried that she would think I was trying to muscle in on her territory so I wasn’t planning on bringing it to any family parties. Turns out, though, that after thirty years frankly she’d like to make something else occasionally, so I think she’ll be pleased that my sister-not-quite-in-law and I can take care of it. I took it to their family Christmas Eve celebration and got the thumbs up from the experts – yay!
Have you got any family faves that you’ve saved, or perhaps that have been lost?