Kolac: Apricot Cheese Crumble Slice

Pastry. Cheese. Apricots. Crumble. Yes!!!!
kolac cheese dried apricot crumble slices

We met Leonie Vickers at a Monday Morning Cooking Club Passover cooking demonstration on the North Shore in Sydney, and she was excited to tell us about her family’s kolac.  We had never heard of this Czech cake but when she described it as layers of buttery pastry, tart apricots and sweet cheese, all topped with a toasty crumble, we were just as excited. She shared her recipe with us, and we published it in our most recent book, Now for Something Sweet. 

This recipe makes a pretty large cake. If you want to make a half size version, make a full quantity of the base pastry (which is hard to halve as it uses one egg) and then place half in the freezer for a rainy day. Make sure you wrap it well. It’s also really important to label it because we know (so well!) that we will not remember what pastry it is in 3 months time! The rest of the ingredients in the recipe can easily be halved and made in a 20 cm square tin.

For a comprehensive guide to our recipes for Shavuot, head to our Shavuot roundup.

kolac cheese dried apricot crumble slices
Kolac: Apricot Cheese Crumble Slice
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kolac cheese dried apricot crumble slices
Kolac: Apricot Cheese Crumble Slice
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  1. If using dried apricots, place them in a heat proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to soak for at least 30 minutes and then drain well before using.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 C with an oven tray inside. Line a rectangular lamington tin with an overhang, 32 x 22 cm
  3. To make the pastry, place the flours, sugar and salt in the food processor and process to combine. Add the butter and pulse until crumbs form. Add the egg, and the lemon juice and zest, and pulse until a dough is formed. Remove the dough and shape it into a disk. Wrap and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  4. On a lightly floured benchtop, roll out the dough until it is the size of the tin. Place the pastry into the tin, ensuring the base is evenly covered. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. To make the crumble topping, place the flour, butter, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest in the food processor and pulse until it is a rough crumbly mixture. Remove from the processor and set aside.
  6. To make the cheese filling, place the cheese, eggs and sugar in the food processor and process until it is a smooth mixture.
  7. Spread the cheese filling on the dough and place the apricots on top. Sprinkle with the crumble topping.
  8. Bake for 1 hour or until the top is light golden. Allow to cool.

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This is a wonderful and easy-to-bake and even easier-to-eat Romanian cheesecake loaf made with white cheese (farm or ricotta) and golden polenta. You just have to try it straight out of the oven with a dollop of sour cream - beyond delicious! Find the full recipe for our Romanian Malai from the kitchen of Debbie @delen_catering (which also appears in Now for Something Sweet) below.

INGREDIENTS
3 eggs
230 g (1 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
60 ml (1/4 cup) oil, plus extra for greasing
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) farm (or dry cottage) cheese, chopped
125 g (scant 3/4 cup) polenta
finely grated zest of 1/2 an orange or lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
sour cream, to serve

METHOD
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a loaf tin generously.

Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until pale and creamy.

With the mixer on low, pour in the oil and beat until combined. Add the cheese and beat well then add the polenta, lemon zest and salt.

Continue to beat until well combined. Don’t be concerned if you can still see lumps of cheese.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes .

Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of sour cream.

Makes 1 loaf.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge..
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