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Old Crustless Cheesecake Recipe

Subject: Antique cheesecake recipe
From: Sherry
Date: 7/8/2019, 1:41 PM

On 7/8/2019 11:29 AM, Sherry wrote:

A friend just pointed me to your site. I've been looking for years for a recipe my 
Mom made in the late 1950s-early 1960s for a crustless cheesecake. I *think* it 
came from an old Fanny Farmer cookbook but maybe not... anyway it was exceptionally 
heavy, creamy, no separate crust, and was baked in a loaf pan. Does this ring any 
bells? Any suggestions where to continue searching?



Hi Sherry,

I cannot find any Fanny Farmer recipe for a crust-less cheesecake. There is not one in our copy of "The Fanny Farmer Cookbook" and there is not one on the web. They all have a crust - graham cracker, zwieback, or pastry. Nor can I find a recipe for a crust-less cheesecake that is baked in a loaf pan. All of the crust-less cheesecake recipes that I can find are baked in springform pans or pie pans. Once the Fanny Farmer link and the loaf pan are eliminated, there is just nothing to go on. No unique name, no particular kind of cheese, and no particular flavoring such as fruit, berries, or lemon.

Your biggest problem is that you don't have enough information about your Mom's recipe. Probably the best place for you to pursue your quest is within you family. Does anyone have your mom's old recipes or cookbooks? Have you asked brothers or sisters or aunts or cousins whether they have the recipe or if they know anything about it? I can't think of any other course to pursue.

I will post this for reader input.


Thanks so much for trying! No relatives left so that angle won't work. It may not have 
been Fanny Farmer. That's just the only cookbook I remember my Mom ever using - an 
ancient green-covered one from sometime in the late 1930s or early 1940s... As for the 
loaf pan, I don;t know but it's entirely possible Mom just didn't have a springform 
pan or just preferred the loaf pan for easy slicing! I asked her about the recipe 
several times while she was still alive but she said it was in the cookbook that she 
gave away when they moved after retirement.

However, a girlfriend just shared one of her friends' Mom's recipe and it seems about 
right! I intend to make it later this week and we'll see... also I found a recipe for 
a German crustless cheesecake using quark that looks very likely too:-) If nothing 
else, my hubby and I will be enjoying all the "try-outs"

Thanks again!


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