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Malai – Cornmeal Cheese Cake


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Malai – Cornmeal Cheese Cake


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  • 3/4 cup instant cornmeal (finely ground)
  • 1/2 cup plus a tablespoon butter
  • a little more than 1/3 cup sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups soft cheese, preferably 5% fat (Ricotta or Farmer cheese)
  • 1 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Zest of one lemon and one orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste/extract
  • 2 egg yolks (keep the white for later use)
  • 70 (2.5 oz) grams sifted flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar


For a 12 X 8.5 inch baking pan.

Preheat oven to a medium temperature of 330 F.

Place the cornmeal, butter (cut into cubes), sugar and a pinch of salt in a heatproof bowl.  Bring the milk to a boil and pour over the bowl. Stir the ingredients and let it rest for 5 minutes.

Add the soft cheese, sour cream, zest, vanilla and egg yolks and mix together. Stir in the sifted flour.  In a clean mixer bowl, whisk the egg whites and gradually add the sugar. Whisk till soft peeks are formed and fold into the cheese mixture.

Pour the mixture into a greased 8.5 X 12 inch baking pan or little silicon molds. Bake for 45 minutes or a lot less if you’re using muffin pan.

Serve warm (not hot !) with sour cream and Sour Cherry or strawberry Jam.




About Michal Reznic



My name is Michal.

I'm 37 years old. Married without kids.

I live in the beautiful land of Israel, in Haifa - the 3rd biggest city.

I come from a Romanian Jewish family who immigrated to Israel in the 1960s.

I love exploring vegetarian dishes from different cultures.

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2 Responses to Malai – Cornmeal Cheese Cake

  1. avatar says: spapp

    this looks the delicious! How do u translate sour cream in english?

  2. avatar says: pixframe

    Since I had all the ingredients on hand, I made it. Moist and delicious … this is a five (out of five) star recipe!

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