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Schmear casse (aka Smearcase)

Schmear casse (aka Smearcase)
By Anne Landefeld on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:18pm

Crust Ingredients:

? 1 cup flour
? ? teaspoon baking powder
? ? cup sugar
? 1 egg1 tablespoon butter
? ? cup milk
?
Crust Directions:

1. Grease a 13-by- 9 inch baking pan.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together until a dough is formed.
3. Press dough into pan using floured hands.

Filling Ingredients:

1 pound cottage cheese (large curd)
8 ounces cream cheese (Note: Soften)
8 tablespoons cornstarch
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 and ? cups milk
1 and ? cups sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon (Note: adding cinnamon after fully cooked)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Push the cottage cheese through a fine mesh. Cream the cottage cheese and cream cheese with the paddle of a mixer for 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Add the cornstarch
4. Mix in the eggs, 1 at a time until blended
5. Add vanilla, butter, milk, and sugar, and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed
6. Carefully pour mixture over crust
7. Sprinkle with cinnamon
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, until cake has set.
Notes (not in original recipe): The bakeries I have seen smearcase sold in, normally prepare it thicker (like a cake) instead of thinner like a pie. If you just use graham cracker pre-made crusts or frozen pie crusts, this mix will probably make two ?pies?. If you use a deeper pan, one thicker ?cake? may utilize all the filling. Suggest having an extra crust and/or some small tart-type pans available the first time you use the recipe in case you have filling left over. Also, this is a very runny filling and it is best to finish filling the baking pan(s) after the pan has been set onto the oven shelf. I don?t screen the cottage cheese…just mixing pretty well liquifies it. I cook for about 45 minutes (5 minutes more than recipe calls for) but maybe less in different ovens. Even when fully cooked, it will be somewhat ?liquid?, but sets up as it cools. If you see any brown spots at all start to appear on the surface (I don?t add cinnamon til I have taken out of the oven so that I can see the top of the cake/pie better) but if any brown spots appear-remove from oven. I had one occasion where the timing was off and it didn?t set properly.When you keep checking with a toothpick, it should produce some residue on toothpick but watch for brown spots. If seen, take out of oven immediately.

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