How to make it

  • Dough:
  • Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Cut in the butter with a fork.
  • Beat egg into the sour cream.
  • Stir into the flour mixture then stir in the sugar.
  • Knead the dough until well mixed and smooth.
  • Roll dough on a floured surface into a rectangle.
  • Line a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with the dough and bring dough part the way up sides.
  • Note: Women often reserve some of the dough or make extra and crisscross it or lattice work over the top.
  • Filling:
  • Separate 1 egg and reserve the whites, beat remaining yolk and whole eggs with the the sugar for 5 minutes at high speed using an electric mixer.
  • Add vanilla and beat at high until the mixture is soft.
  • The original recipe suggests that you press the cheese through a sieve. You can wrap it in cheesecloth and squeeze the moisture out of it but I prefer to place the cheese in a small sieve over a measuring cup and keep it overnight in the fridge. Blend cheese with butter, add the mashed potatoes, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Stir in orange peel.
  • Fold into the egg mixture.
  • Turn into prepared crust in pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45-55 min. or until set. Cool well before cutting.

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  • polishyourkitchen 8 years ago
    Hi! How are you??? I just posted my version of a sernik for beginners :P It was my first sernik ever. I made mine without mashed potatoes and came out really good but maybe next time I'll try the real traditional recipe from you :)
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    " It was excellent "
    recipesrule ate it and said...
    P.S. How far in advance could I make this, or how well does it keep?
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    recipesrule ate it and said...
    Wow, does this ever look good. Printing it off and hope to try it soon. Canadian Thanksgiving is in October and I host for my family. This would really be something different from Pumpkin pie, AND, my Dad was born in Poland. Thanks for the post.

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  • beldujour 9 years ago
    Well, I'm going to compliment Lor for posting it and add that I'm looking forward to trying it -- my grandmother, who emigrated from the Russian Empire to the US in 1913 made something almost identical that I never got a recipe for. I swear, she didn't steal the recipe from that cookbook -- she died a few years before it was published! ;)
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  • lor 9 years ago
    I do NOT own the book you have mentioned and I do NOT know what you are on about. I HAVE NOT STOLEN THIS RECIPE AS YOU HAVE ACCUSED ME OF. You seem to be an extremely bitter individual who has nothing better to do than to berate me. I have more intelligence and better things to do with my time than to criticize and ridicule people.
    P.S. The staff at the CIA - I don't think the CIA could care less about recipes LOL, LOL, LOL
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  • stanislawa 9 years ago
    Credit should be given where credit is due.
    This Recipe was stolen from a book.
    The book's name is "Culinary Arts Institute Polish Cookbook Traditional Recipes Tested For Today's Kitchen's"
    copyright 1976, 1978.
    It appears on pade 81 in some versions under the Easter chapter.
    Of course it is a great recipe.
    The staff at the CIA did a LOT of research and REAL WORK to adapt these recipes.
    This person copied the recipe word for word without giving credit.
    There is a copyright.
    Not to acknowleged it is stealing.
    This person should not be complimented or applauded or credited for posting a stolen recipe.
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    " It was excellent "
    midgelet ate it and said...
    needed to use up farmers cheese! Great recipe
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    This is just AMAZING, lor!!
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  • lor 10 years ago
    Thank you and I'm glad you like it ;-)
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    This is fantastic.Specially the criss cross topping made with the dough.Great job.Bookmarked.
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