Paskha Russian Crustless Cheesecake is one of the most amazing, rich and creamy desserts you will ever eat! It is so rich we only make it once a year. It is a full fat indulgent dairy dessert. Paskha is served cold and is like a delectable combination of cheesecake and rich ice cream. The fresh flavors come from lemon, orange zest and vanilla bean. This paskha recipe also calls for almonds which add another depth of amazing flavor, but are optional.
What is Paskha?
Paskha, pronounced, “Pahs-ka” (soft “a’s”) is a holiday dessert dish made served on Easter in Eastern Orthodox cultures, mainly Russian. In Russian, Paskha literally means “Easter.” It is a rich, dairy filled dessert enjoyed after the “breaking of fast” /end of lent. During lent, dairy is not consumed so Paskha is a special treat to celebrate Easter. Paskha is usually made in a pyramid form, but it can be made in other forms as you see here. A clean flower pot works great as well.
The main ingredient of Paskha is farmer’s cheese or white cheese curd. It also has heavy amounts of butter, sugar and cream. What’s not to like?! Paskha is usually served with a semi sweet Easter holiday bread called, Kulich.
Farmer’s Cheese for Paskha
Every year I’ve made this recipe I’ve always purchased farmer’s cheese from an Eastern European market. This year we made it ourselves and boy, were we surprised at how easy it really is! Also, the consistency and texture were just perfect for our family recipe. Check out how easy it is to make yourself from the blog, Haniela’s. Here’s a video tutorial from Hani as well.
Cultural Cheesecake Paskha
As with any cultural dish besides the main ingredients, the lesser ingredients vary per household. I grew up with a very similar recipe to this one that my Mother made every year. She loved putting almonds and lots of zest into the Paskha, sometimes golden raisins as well. The recipe was never written down so my husband and I came up with our very own family recipe. Now we replicate this recipe every year and share it with family. Now I’m sharing this family recipe with you.
No Bake Cheesecake
Not only is Paskha a crust-less cheesecake per se, but it does not require baking. It just requires refrigeration to let the liquids drain from the mold.
This is not a quick recipe because it does require waiting overnight for your cheesecake to mold and drain, but it is so worth the wait, trust me! It’s a creamy, heavenly treat. Beware of over indulging though. Paskha is quite rich and should be savored in moderation as with anything this good.
Give this rich, delicious and gorgeous crustless cheesecake a try and let us know what you think below!