Serves 8

6 graham crackers, broken into pieces

¼ cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
½ teaspoon butter (to coat spring form pan)

4 egg yolks, reserving egg whites

¾ cup sour cream
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose fl our
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ pound farmer’s cheese, at room temperature
(1) 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
4 egg whites
9-inch spring form pan

Strawberry Sauce:
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced

1/3 cup honey
¼ cup granulated sugar

Crust: Butter the spring form pan. In a food processor, mix graham crackers, sugar, and butter. Using your fingers, pat down the crust mixture over the bottom and ½ up the sides of the pan. Refrigerate.

Filling: Preheat oven to 325º. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites, reserving the egg whites to be used later. In a standing mixer, beat egg yolks until smooth and pale yellow. Add sour cream, ¾ cup sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla extract, and beat until well blended. Add the farmer’s cheese and cream cheese and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, using a hand mixer or whisk, beat egg whites until foamy then add in remaining ¼ cup sugar, continuing to beat until they form stiff, shiny peaks. Fold this mixture into the filling mixture. Pour into the crust. Cover the base and the outside edges of the spring form pan with aluminum foil so the butter doesn’t leak out from the bottom seam while baking. Bake for 50 minutes or until the top is light brown and small cracks appear. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, then cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. It will “fall” as it chills.

Strawberry Sauce: In a small sauce pan, bring strawberries, honey and sugar to a boil, then simmer for 8-10 minutes, crushing strawberries with a potato masher to break them up, stirring often. Push through a fine sieve using a wooden spoon to extract as much fruit as possible. Discard pulp. Set sauce aside to cool, then refrigerate.

Serving suggestions: Place on cheese cake on cake plate. Use a sharp knife, dipped in hot water, to cut through the crust. Drizzle strawberry sauce over each slice.