Russian Blueberry Zapekanka (Cheesecake)

Russian Blueberry Zapekanka (Cheesecake)
A tasty, healthy and kid-friendly idea for breakfast or dessert. Originally Zapekanka is made with tvorog (Farmer's cheese), but living in the US I usually use ricotta cheese instead. A must try if you haven't already!


  • 4 tablespoons semolina
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Prep time:
30 minutes
Cook time:
40 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 10 minutes
Yield: 1 cake | Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes | Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


1. If you use frozen blueberries, let them stand at room temperature while you prepare the rest of the cake.
2. In a large bowl, mix together semolina and sour cream. Let stand for about 15-20 minutes.
Russian Blueberry Zapekanka (Cheesecake) photo instruction 1
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
4. Add ricotta cheese, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar and salt to the bowl. Mix well.
Russian Blueberry Zapekanka (Cheesecake) photo instruction 2
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5. Stir in blueberries.
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6. Transfer the cake batter to a cake pan. Bake for about 40-50 minutes, until the cake is set in the middle.
Russian Blueberry Zapekanka (Cheesecake) photo instruction 5
7. Let cool and serve. Best served when cold.
Russian Blueberry Zapekanka (Cheesecake) photo instruction 6

Shop products and ingredients I recommend for this recipe:

Semolina Flour

Semolina Flour
Sour Cream

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Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup
Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract


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Hi. What size pan do you use and do you grease your pan prior to baking?


Great recipes!!! Best one I have tried and I have tried several zapekanka! I told my Russian friend about the blueberries and she said that was a GREAT addition!!! The only thing I added was some almond extract in addition to the vanilla! It gives it a little extra umph. Still extraordinarily delish!!! Thanks for sharing it

Thanks for the comment

Thanks, jenifer, for the comment! I'm sure zapekanka with mixed berries will be even more delicious!


Simple but tasty! I think next time I'll add mixed berries to this recipe.

I made this zapekanka this

I made this zapekanka this morning. It was delicious. I made it as the recipe states and everyone loved it. Have saved it, will make it again for sure.

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