Cheesecake Recipe

In honor of Shavuot we are happy to share a recipe for cheesecake from Leket Israel Project Leket Coordinator, Natali Matarasso.


  • 750 grams/25 oz of gevina levana (white cheese)
  • 200 ml/7 ounces of sour cream
  • 225 grams/8 oz of cream cheese
  • 6 separated eggs at room temperature
  • 10 grams/2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of vanilla/French pudding
  • 5 heaping tablespoons of cornstarch


  1. Preheat the oven to 170c/340f
  2. Whisk the egg whites with 3/4 cup of sugar until firm but not stiff
  3. In a separate bowl, place the cheeses, sour cream, egg yolks 1/4 cup of the remaining sugar and vanilla sugar and mix well. Add the instant pudding and cornstarch until smooth
  4. Gently add in the yolks and egg whites foam mixture into the cheese mixture
    Line a pan with baking paper and grease the pan and the paper
  5. Put the greased pan inside another pan filled with boiling water. Add the batter into the
  6. greased pan and bake for 30 minutes at 170c/340f
  7. Lower the temperature to 150c/300f and continue baking for 30-45 minutes.
  8. Once it’s ready, turn off the oven and leave in the oven for 3 hours
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or other toppings


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