Breakfast has always been the most important meal for me. I cannot not have one! It doesn't always have to be big, sometimes a simple toast goes a long way. But then again, there are days when I just want something consistent to indulge in.

Usually at home my mom makes us a breakfast casserole, which is one of the typical breakfast dishes of Eastern Europe. Of course everyone has their own little variation, but overall the concept is the same. Since we're having a long weekend, I thought I'd try my hand at it, and recreate my mom's breakfast casserole but with my touch. The casserole takes about 40-50min to bake, and can be eaten right out of the oven, or even cold the next day. Perfect for week days, when you don't really have time to make yourself a decent breakfast. You can bake it the day before, and store it in the refrigerator. Goes well with coffee or tea! I suggest you cut yourself two slices, as it will be unlikely for anyone to just have one ;)

Cuisine: Eastern European
Meal: Breakfast

  • 1lb/680g Cottage Cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 7 tbsp Semolina
  • 6-7 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick of butter, melted (8tbsp)
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries
  • 2tbps powdered sugar
  • Baking spray (optional)
Preheat oven at 350F (200C). 
In a blender add your cottage cheese and pulse until there are no more cottage cheese lumps, but rather you have a smooth creamy consistency. 
Pour the creamed cheese into a bowl, add to the bowl cooled melted butter, eggs (one by one), vanilla extract, sugar and semolina. Mix well until you have a creamy batter.
Spray the cake pan with baking spray or butter it. Pour in the batter and let it sit on the counter for a little bit. You will notice that the semolina starts to thicken the batter. 
Meanwhile wash your berries and half them if needed. Decorate your casserole with the berries and sprinkle over with powdered sugar.
Place the pan in the oven for 40-50min, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

I used a fat free Cottage Cheese for this recipe, but you don't have to. Also, this casserole can be served for breakfast or as dessert. I used a mixture of strawberries and raspberries, but you can add any type of berries you choose so! Be creative!

If you do try this casserole, let me know how you liked it! Feel free to share with me pictures of your casserole.


  1. This looks so delicious and I would love to know what it tastes like! And how come you have this connection with Eastern Europe? I think you mentioned somewhere that you lived in Russia?

  2. Anouk, it is a really tasty treat! You should give it a go! :) As for my connection with Eastern Europe, I am half Ukrainian and yes, I lived in Russia and in Ukraine for many years ;)

  3. That is so interesting! I also lived in Russia (Moscow) and that's why I asked the question :)

  4. How neat! I see we have a lot in common finally :) I lived in Moscow too!


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