Live from Kraków: Polish Cheesecake

4.9
  (383 reviews)
|
Online class
|
2hr

Cheesecake has an ancient tradition. Did you know that it was fed to the athletes at the first Olympic Games in 776 BC to boost their energy for the competition? The modern cheesecake that we are most familiar with is often known as New York Cheesecake, but interestingly this style was brought to the United States in by Jewish immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe. These immigrants, who arrived in New York in the late 19th century, really popularised today's cheesecake culture. But as we know it originally came from my part of the world, Poland, I believe this is a truly traditional Cracovian cheesecake and one I'd love to teach you to bake. I love to bake cheesecake at home. It is delicious with coffee in the morning, or equally as good as a desert, when I enjoy serving it with a salty caramel sauce. The great thing is that it keeps very well in the fridge for up to a week, becoming denser and richer over time.

Our online cooking class will cover all the basics of making a successful cheesecake, but most importantly the special tips that I have learnt from making hundreds of cakes at home over the last few years. If you are interested, I will also be happy to tell you a bit about how to make your own cottage cheese at home if you prefer. I also look forward to telling you a bit about Polish culture and sharing my kitchen and home with you, and look forward to you joining me online!

Ingredients we'll be using

The Base
  • 40g casted sugar
  • 200g of flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 100g of cold butter cut in to small cubes
  • 40g brown sugar
Cheesecake filling
  • 1000g farmers cheese (or Philadelphia cheese)
  • 400g of white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 500g mascarpone cheese
  • A spoonful of potato flour
  • 7 eggs and 3 yolks
  • Grated zest of 2 orange and 2 lemon
Salty caramel sauce
  • 40g butter
  • 40g double cream 36%
  • skin from vanilla stick
  • 5 drops of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 stick of vanilla or four drops of extract

Utensils and equipment we'll be using

  • kitchen blender or mixer
  • large mixing bowl
  • bowl scraper
  • cake pan (approx 25 cm across) (the best type is a springform pan with removeable side)
  • small pot

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to prepare before the class?
You will need to buy the ingredients and make sure you have the cooking utensils required.
How can I connect to the class?
Most classes will be held over Zoom. If you haven't already installed it, you can do so at https://zoom.us/download Before the class, it's a good idea to test your internet connection to make sure the video and sound quality is optimal. You can do this at https://zoom.us/test

About Marta

Hi, I'm a co-founder of Eataway which connects people with home cooks and hosts all around the world. For the last 5 years, I have been teaching people how to cook delicious food at my home, and I also run food workshops such as the Pierogi Power Workshop, Fermentation Workshop and more. Recently I was the host of a big food event for The Krakow Pierogi Festival and Harvest Festival. (I also appear regularly on TV and radio as a guest, discussing subjects related to home cooking, the sharing economy and food tech.) I’ve always enjoyed sharing my knowledge of my beautiful hometown, and more about the art of Polish cuisine, both through the website and with all the wonderful travellers I meet in person.

My grandmother and my mother were great cooks. That means delicious, home-made food freshly-prepared.

Restaurants are great, but sometimes it seems it would be better to enjoy a home-cooked meal with someone who can also tell me a bit more about their experiences, their lives and their cities. So, I’ve decided to do exactly that. I cook for up to 14 people at my home in Krakow and you’re invited. Please join me!

Reviews

4.9
  (383 reviews)
Will
3 months ago
5

I did this class with my sister over Zoom. We were in UK with Marta in Krakow. I was amazed at how this turned out, it tasted just like the sernik we had in Krakow! Great thing to do whilst in lockdown!

Joanna
1 year ago
5

Absolutely brilliant day! Marta went above and beyond to accommodate us and make us feel welcome. Lots of extra fun and treats. The experience exceeded our expectations. Thank you!

Tobiasz
1 year ago
5

Pączki 10/10! Smakują potrójnie dobrze: bo smaczne, bo dochód idzie na szczytny cel, bo sam pomagałem przy ich smażeniu :-)

Sam
1 year ago
5

We had the most amazing time. Marta was an excellent host, with a lovely home, and our group of 'cooks' was lovely. Lots of good conversation about food & Krakow & much more.

Lovely good & wicked vodka!

Sanna
1 year ago
5

The workshop was great! I was travelling on my own, but Marta made me feel very welcome and it was so nice and cozy to cook and chat in her kitchen. The pierogi were super delicious - way better than at a restaurant. Thank you!

Marek
1 year ago
5

Great experience as always :)

Alicja
1 year ago
5

This cooking class with Marta was the highlight of our time in Krakow. She was the consummate hostess, and we had so much fun making pierogi. She even let us try some of her homemade cherry vodka. I would sign up for anything she leads/organizes in a heartbeat.

Alice
1 year ago
5
We had a brilliant workshop with Marta. She was incredibly insightful, not just about pierogies but about the sights of Krakow as well as hearing a lot of interesting stories. We got to make 3 different types of pierogy and had some coffee and cake with them too so you definitely get your monies wor...

We had a brilliant workshop with Marta. She was incredibly insightful, not just about pierogies but about the sights of Krakow as well as hearing a lot of interesting stories. We got to make 3 different types of pierogy and had some coffee and cake with them too so you definitely get your monies worth. Would recommend to anyone coming to Krakow!

Nancy
1 year ago
5

A great time if you are looking to learn about the authentic food and preparation. It was a small group which was nice. I would do another class with Marta.

Nathan
1 year ago
5

An absolute highlight of our time in Krakow. Marta was an excellent host and really entertaining. We learned so much from her!

Book now
from $32
Today
13th Apr
-
Tmw.
14th Apr
-
Thu
15th Apr
-
Fri
16th Apr
-
Sat
17th Apr
Sun
18th Apr
-
Mon
19th Apr
-
Tue
20th Apr
-
Wed
21st Apr
-
Thu
22nd Apr
-
Fri
23rd Apr
-
Sat
24th Apr
Sun
25th Apr
-
Mon
26th Apr
-
Tue
27th Apr
-
Wed
28th Apr
-
Thu
29th Apr
-
Fri
30th Apr
-
Sat
1st May
Sun
2nd May
-
Mon
3rd May
-
Tue
4th May
-
Wed
5th May
-
Thu
6th May
-
Fri
7th May
-
Sat
8th May
Sun
9th May
-
Mon
10th May
-
Tue
11th May
-
Wed
12th May
-
Thu
13th May
-
Fri
14th May
-
Sat
15th May
Sun
16th May
-
Mon
17th May
-
Tue
18th May
-
Wed
19th May
-
Thu
20th May
-
Fri
21st May
-
Sat
22nd May
Sun
23rd May
-
Mon
24th May
-
Tue
25th May
-
Wed
26th May
-
Thu
27th May
-
Fri
28th May
-
Sat
29th May
Sun
30th May
-
Mon
31st May
-
Tue
1st Jun
-
Wed
2nd Jun
-
Thu
3rd Jun
-
Fri
4th Jun
-
Sat
5th Jun
Sun
6th Jun
-
Mon
7th Jun
-
Tue
8th Jun
-
Wed
9th Jun
-
Thu
10th Jun
-
Fri
11th Jun
-
Sat
12th Jun
Sun
13th Jun
-
Mon
14th Jun
-
Tue
15th Jun
-
Wed
16th Jun
-
Thu
17th Jun
-
Fri
18th Jun
-
Sat
19th Jun
Sun
20th Jun
-
Mon
21st Jun
-
Tue
22nd Jun
-
Wed
23rd Jun
-
Thu
24th Jun
-
Fri
25th Jun
-
Sat
26th Jun
Sun
27th Jun
-
Mon
28th Jun
-
Tue
29th Jun
-
Wed
30th Jun
-
Thu
1st Jul
-
Fri
2nd Jul
-
Sat
3rd Jul
Sun
4th Jul
-
Mon
5th Jul
-
Tue
6th Jul
-
Wed
7th Jul
-
Thu
8th Jul
-
Fri
9th Jul
-
Sat
10th Jul
Sun
11th Jul
-
Mon
12th Jul
-
Tue
13th Jul
-
Wed
14th Jul
-
Thu
15th Jul
-
Fri
16th Jul
-
Sat
17th Jul
Sun
18th Jul
-
Mon
19th Jul
-
Tue
20th Jul
-
Wed
21st Jul
-
Thu
22nd Jul
-
Fri
23rd Jul
-
Sat
24th Jul
Sun
25th Jul
-
Mon
26th Jul
-
Tue
27th Jul
-
Wed
28th Jul
-
Thu
29th Jul
-
Fri
30th Jul
-
Sat
31st Jul
Sun
1st Aug
-
Mon
2nd Aug
-
Tue
3rd Aug
-
Wed
4th Aug
-
Thu
5th Aug
-
Fri
6th Aug
-
Sat
7th Aug
Sun
8th Aug
-
Mon
9th Aug
-
Tue
10th Aug
-
Wed
11th Aug
-
Thu
12th Aug
-
Fri
13th Aug
-
Sat
14th Aug
Sun
15th Aug
-
Mon
16th Aug
-
Tue
17th Aug
-
Wed
18th Aug
-
Thu
19th Aug
-
Fri
20th Aug
-
Sat
21st Aug
Sun
22nd Aug
-
Mon
23rd Aug
-
Tue
24th Aug
-
Wed
25th Aug
-
Thu
26th Aug
-
Fri
27th Aug
-
Sat
28th Aug
Sun
29th Aug
-
Mon
30th Aug
-
Tue
31st Aug
-
Wed
1st Sep
-
Thu
2nd Sep
-
Fri
3rd Sep
-
Sat
4th Sep
Sun
5th Sep
-
Mon
6th Sep
-
Tue
7th Sep
-
Wed
8th Sep
-
Thu
9th Sep
-
Fri
10th Sep
-
Sat
11th Sep
Sun
12th Sep
-
Mon
13th Sep
-
Tue
14th Sep
-
Wed
15th Sep
-
Thu
16th Sep
-
Fri
17th Sep
-
Sat
18th Sep
Sun
19th Sep
-
Mon
20th Sep
-
Tue
21st Sep
-
Wed
22nd Sep
-
Thu
23rd Sep
-
Fri
24th Sep
-
Sat
25th Sep
Sun
26th Sep
-
Mon
27th Sep
-
Tue
28th Sep
-
Wed
29th Sep
-
Thu
30th Sep
-
Fri
1st Oct
-
Sat
2nd Oct
Sun
3rd Oct
-
Mon
4th Oct
-
Tue
5th Oct
-
Wed
6th Oct
-
Thu
7th Oct
-
Fri
8th Oct
-
Sat
9th Oct
Sun
10th Oct
-
Mon
11th Oct
-
Tue
12th Oct
-
Wed
13th Oct
-
Times local to: America/New_York
Message Marta