Anna Pitt of Fallston was looking for a recipe for what she thought was called a Smearcase Cheesecake. It was made with cottage cheese and had a thin layer of crust on the bottom. She thinks that the recipe came from a free recipe booklet put out by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. some years ago.
Carole Wagner of Middle River still had a copy of the cookbook published by BGE called Maryland Classics, which had the recipe that Pitt was looking for in it. (The book calls it smierkase cake; in German, schmierkase means smeared cheese.) This cake is made in an oblong pan, not a round springform pan like most cheesecakes. It is creamy and smooth and not overly rich but a tad plain. It might be a good idea to jazz it up with some fresh berries on top.
CRUST: 1 1/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten
2 eggs, separated
1 pound small-curd cottage cheese
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dairy sour cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For the crust, combine first 3 ingredients; mix well. Cut butter or margarine in until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add egg; mix well to form dough. Pat dough into a 13-inch-by-9-inch-by-2-inch pan, coming halfway up the sides of pan.
For the filling, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; set aside. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine remaining ingredients; beat until smooth. Fold in egg whites; pour into crust. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
Per serving: 282 calories, 8 grams protein, 15 grams fat, 9 grams saturated fat, 30 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fiber, 89 milligrams cholesterol, 226 milligrams sodium
Eleanor Luna of Owings Mills is trying to find a recipe for a marinade that she found on a bottle of soy sauce many years ago. She cannot remember what brand it was. The marinade contained soy sauce, oil, garlic and probably a couple of other things, but definitely not ginger.
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The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.