2 pounds of unsalted, fresh myzithra (or other white whey cheese)
1/2 pound of butter or margarine, softened
2 1/4 cups of sugar
1 cup of golden seedless raisins
1 tablespoon of brandy
6 tablespoons of cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
6 eggs, separated
juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups of crushed almonds
For the topping:
Mash the cheese well with a fork.
Soak the raisins in the brandy for 20 minutes.
Beat egg whites to stiff peak stage.
Preheat oven to 355°F (180°C).
In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter (or margarine) with the sugar and egg yolks. In order, beat in cheese, crushed almonds, cornstarch, salt, vanilla, lemon juice and peel, and the raisins and brandy. Fold in the stiff egg whites last.Pour into a greased baking pan and bake at 355°F (180°C) for 50 minutes. To test for doneness, insert a knife into the cake. It should come out dry.
Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar, then a little cinnamon