Essen’s Ukrainians scored in the cheesecake competition.

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Two Ukrainian women bake cheesecakes for the district competition in Essen. Here they show their recipes and future plans.

The first example is flawlessly decorated with chocolate, strawberries and blueberries and decorated with a blue and white bow, the second combines lime and cream – the Ukrainian cheesecake by Naja Dyduk and Natalya Nazarenko caused a stir at the Essen Carnapper Kesekuchen Cup. Not only because they taste good, but also because their ideas actually come from women 2,000 kilometers away.

Ukrainian women live in Essen Marian Hospital

After the war broke out, the Ukrainian women fled to Essen with their children and have been living with about 200 of their relatives in the Marien Hospital ever since. Anyone who heard that they went to Carnap for the district tournament, prepared for it diligently, and in the case of Naja Diduk (34), made it into the top three, would have thought that he was already well integrated into the German culture. You just need an apartment and a job and then you can start over. Especially for 48-year-old Natalya Nazarenko, finding a job as a primary school teacher should not be a problem, because they are currently in high demand in Essen.

But looks are deceiving: “We really want to go back to Ukraine,” they both explain. They had no plans to stay here, they didn’t want to be a burden. Both had to leave their husbands behind, which was very painful. Thanks to smart phones, they are in touch with them every day, but it is very difficult to be unsure when the war will stop and if their spouses will not be able to see their wives and children again. So both of them don’t even want an apartment in Essen.




German courses and cooking group for immigrants

According to their own statements, they feel at home in the Marian Hospital, they participate in German courses and when they give a cooking and baking workshop, they are directly registered there. “The residents quickly wanted to cook for themselves,” explains facility manager Stephanie Horstmann from CSE (Caritas-SkF-Essen gGmbh). Food for the institution is prepared by a team from the former hospital kitchen. The neighboring parish of St. John the Baptist offered to provide space for a cooking group for Ukrainians to cook their national dish.


About a dozen refugees meet every week and not only cook but exchange ideas. “It’s part of the house,” says Nadja Dyduk, who especially misses karasik, a fish from the carp family that she likes to eat well in Ukraine, fried with bread or vegetables. You can’t shop here. But for Wareniki elements. Stuffed pumpkins are considered a national dish in Ukraine. Cheesecake, on the other hand, is a cake in its home country of Germany. Everyone knows it, but it is not common in the country.

The civic association in Essen-Carnap wants to make the market place more attractive

When the CSE team told the girls about the cheesecake competition, they both wanted to enter. Since then, there was a cheesecake every week in the cooking group. Above all, competition cake baking should be practiced and tasted in advance. The day before the Carnapper Kesekuchen Cup, the two Ukrainians returned to the kitchen, baked the last cake and decorated it with love the next day.

A volunteer brought the two to the Carnapper Kesekuchen Cup. “We only knew part of the city because we took the tram once,” says Diduk. The competition was organized by a local citizens’ association, which, together with other stakeholders, wants to revitalize the market square. The judges tasted 25 cheesecakes and tested them for taste, consistency, appearance and smoothness. Choices include steamed Japanese cheesecake, cheesecake with caramel or tangerine, cereal variations and stir-fried cheesecake with Thermomix. Coordinator Simon Stodiek emphasized that the members of the jury did not know who the cake came from when they tasted it.

Carnapper Käsekuchen-Cup is to be repeated

First runner-up Ella Fischer from Gelsenkirchen, second runner-up Annika Fischer from Carnaperin and third-place finisher Naja Diduk. And the judges? “After all the cake, my husband got the pickle jar,” Simone Stodiek said with a laugh.

Guests who come to Carpenter’s Mark are allowed to clean up the leftovers while listening to the readings on the bookshelf. The organizing team was satisfied and plans to repeat it next year. The date must be announced on the website www.wasistlosinkarnap.de.

—————————————————– ——————- —Cheesecake recipe with currant jam

The diameter of the springform pan for cheesecake with currant jam should be 18 cm.

Elements: 125g flour, 40g caster sugar, 10g cocoa, 60g butter, 2 eggs and 1 more egg yolk, pinch of salt, 500g cream cheese, 100g sugar, vanilla extract, 100g cream, 250g red vinegar, 100 g of chocolate, 40 g of oil, blueberries and strawberries.

preparation: Set the oven to 130 degrees upper and lower temperature and place a container with water on the floor. Add flour, powdered sugar and cocoa, salt to the dough and mix. Add chopped butter and knead the dough with your hands. Add egg and knead the elastic dough. Fill the base and sides of the springform pan with the mixture and refrigerate.

to fill All ingredients should be at room temperature. First, mix the cheese and sugar with a whisk until smooth, then add the egg and yolk, mix, add 2-3 drops of vanilla juice and finally pour in the cream. Mix and pour on the base of the tin.

Cook for 1.5 hours. The sides of the cheesecake should be well set and the center should be slightly wobbly. Then turn off the oven and leave it in the closed oven for another half an hour, then open the oven door and let it cool down to room temperature.

For decoration Melt chocolate in a microwave or steam bath, add oil and mix. Cover the finished cheesecake with jam and pour chocolate over it, decorate with fruit. Then put it in the refrigerator overnight.


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