The 3rd August 2020 – 3rd August 2021 was Stephen and Yhana‘s first year on YouTube – To celebrate they are sharing one video a day across all of their favourite social media platforms – Facebook Page, Twitter and Website, as well as a daily shout out on their youtube community page. – So please check often incase you missed any of their videos during that first year.
They have also published their very first youtube almanac – Which was released 3rd august 2021.
The book will be available to buy via Amazon shortly – Although you can get a free signed copy by signing up and supporting their journey on Patreon
All Patreon‘s will get a regular mention on YouTube and on their channel publications – As your support is very much appreciated and will help to purchase filming equipment and trips to historical sites, so they can keep their films coming.
How To Make Sernik: A Classic Polish Cheesecake Recipe With Twaróg Cheese | Vlog 36
How to make Sernik: A Classic Polish Cheesecake with Twaróg Cheese | Vlog 36
Sernik is a delicious Polish-style cheesecake. There are many varieties and regional recipes, but what makes them all truly special is the cheese.
Polish farmer’s cheese, otherwise known as ‘Twaróg’ or ‘Ser Biały’ (literally: ‘white cheese’) is unlike any other. It’s quite firm, yet creamy. Naturally sweet, yet has a light note of sourness. It’s a star of many Polish dishes, including pierogi, breakfast spreads and a variety of desserts.
In this recipe, we’re making a classic Sernik on a shortcrust base.
Traditionally, Sernik has a shortcrust or sour cream pastry base (sometimes there’s no base at all!). It can be topped with another layer of pastry (also as a crumble or lattice), but also fruit, fruit sauce, fruit jello, meringue, chocolate ganache, nuts or other toppings.
Sometimes, there are raisins – or other dried fruit – hiding in the cheese layer. This is somewhat controversial: some people love it, while others hate it.
FOR THE BASE:
- 2 cups (250 g) wholewheat flour (can be swapped for a regular, all-purpose)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 stick (4 oz, 110 g) butter
- 2 tbsp powdered/icing sugar
- 1 tbsp sour cream, 18%
FOR THE CHEESE LAYER:
- 2.2 lb (1 kg) Farmer’s Cheese, full fat
- 3 egg yolks
- 5 egg whites
- 1 cup (200 g) sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 stick (4 oz, 110 g) butter
- 2 tbsp potato starch (optional)
- 2 tbsp candied orange peel, chopped
- 2 tbsp raisins (optional)
- 2 tsp powdered/icing sugar, to sprinkle on top
Take the ingredients (for the cheese layer only!) out of the fridge 2-3 hours before baking. They should be at a room temperature.
Grab a large bowl. Drop in all the shortcrust ingredients. Chop the butter roughly with a knife. Knead until all the ingredients are combined and you can’t feel any major lumps. Form a dough ball.
Wrap the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
In the meantime, let’s make the cheese layer. Grind the farmer’s cheese with a tool of your choice: meat grinder (smallest holes), potato ricer or a blender. When using a meat grinder, grind the cheese at least 2 times. The mass should be smooth and lump-free. Set the cheese aside, you’ll need it in a minute.
Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C). Line a round baking tin (I’ve used 10 inch / 25cm in diameter, with a loose base) with parchment paper. Grease the edges.
Remove the dough from the fridge. Roll it out to fit the baking tin. I just grab small chunks of dough and line the pan by hand, pressing with my fingers as I go, until I have an even layer of pastry.
Bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden, then remove from the oven – but keep the oven on.
Grab a large bowl (sized at 2 quart / 2 litre should be enough). Add 1 cup (200 g) sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 3 egg yolks and mix with an electric mixer for 3 minutes until combined.
Add ground cheese to the bowl, add softened butter. (Optional step) If you feel that the cheese mass is loose, add 2 tablespoons of potato starch. Mix again with a mixer for 3-4 minutes.
In a separate container, beat 5 egg whites until stiff. I use a mixer, but you can do it by hand if you’re brave.
Grab a spoon or a spatula and gently blend the egg whites with our cheese mass. The key is not to over-mix it.
Add 2 tablespoons of chopped candied orange peel, together with 2 tablespoons of raisins. Blend them in for a few seconds.
Pour the cheese mass on top of the pre-baked shortcrust pastry. Bake for 60 minutes at 360°F (180°C), switching off any fan-assisted functions.
Once the time is up, switch off the heat, but leave the cheesecake inside for another 30 minutes. After that time, open the oven slightly and leave the cake inside until the oven is completely cooled.
Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Published: 10 November 2020
- Location: Krakow, Poland
- Duration: 16:18
- Photography – Stephen Robert Kuta / Yhana Kuta
- Written by – Stephen Robert Kuta
- In it for the Sugar Rush – by Raymond Grouse
- The Journey Goes On – by Briar Edwards
Stephen and Yhana – History and Adventure Hunters Almanac
On the 30th of January, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In the following weeks, the virus quickly spread worldwide, forcing the governments of affected countries to implement lockdown measures to decrease transmission rates and prevent the overload of hospital emergency rooms.
The United Kingdom implemented lockdown on the 16th of March, 2020 and from this date and up until the 3rd August, 2021 the UK had suffered three national lockdowns which all included Restrictive measures on border controls, closing of schools, markets, restaurants, nonessential shops, bars, entertainment and leisure facilities, as well as a ban on all public and private events and gatherings. In between these lockdowns we saw tier systems and heavy restrictions on how we all lived our lives.
We all decided on different approaches on how we spent that free time as many people were on Furlough as their businesses were shut, only key-workers carried out their working duties. Although I continued working as a key-worker, I still had a lot more free time as Yhana was not at school.
Both Yhana and I spent those first few months experimenting with tiktok and photography, we explored our home village of Great Leighs and took some incredible photographs as spring and eventually summer took hold.
Tiktok was a short-lived adventure for us, although we enjoyed it all the same — tiktok like so many Social Media platforms had exploded during the pandemic but none more so then YouTube.
In 2020 alone YouTube had more than 9 billion views globally
66% of people used YouTube to develop a new hobby in 2020, and a whopping 94% of people in India used YouTube to learn to do things themselves, Whilst Globally, 82% used YouTube to the same. What were they learning to do, exactly?
• Views of beauty tutorials increased nearly 50% in 2020.
• There was a 90% increase in bike maintenance and repair videos.
• Daily views of videos with “raising chickens” in the title increased 160%.
• Videos related to learning guitar saw 160 million views from mid-March to mid-April.
• Videos about container gardening saw 6 million views in the same period.
• There was a 215% increase in daily uploads of videos related to self-care.
• There was a 458% increase in daily views of videos about making sourdough bread and a 200% increase in daily views of recipe videos for bubble tea.
• Videos of how-to videos for home haircuts also spiked in April.
Even though these giant increases in YouTube views began as early as March 2020, it took Yhana and I up until August of that year to begin our own channel, and Yhana’s encouragement certainly helped on that matter.
So it began, 3 August 2020 – We went out and filmed our very first video. To be honest I wasn’t sure what our plan would be for our channel, I had a rough idea of what kind of content I would like Yhana and I to make and as a historian I looked at the channel as a way to record at least one year of our life, not just any year either, but our life during the Covid-19 Pandemic. So for me, it was a great way to record a piece of social history.
This book in front of you developed from that period of our lives also, and is a showcase / diary / almanac of all the videos we created, many of the photographs we took, the treasure hunts we went on and some of the incredible finds we discovered just a short walk from where we lived. In truth, those finds would never have been discovered if it wasn’t for lockdown.
So for prosperity, social history, a window into our lives during the Covid-19 pandemic and a transparent visual look at what its like to create a YouTube channel in that first year including channelytics, descriptions of videos, thumbnail artwork, viewer comments and more.
We have written this full guide, our first joint book –
Stephen and Yhana – History and Adventure Hunters Almanac.
The book is available to buy through Amazon and via all good bookshops.
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