Has anyone ever heard of smearcase before? I have been visiting Baltimore my entire life (my mother graduated from Glen Burnie High and most of her family is still in the area) and have never encountered this dessert before. Cousin Johnny told me this is a popular Baltimore item. How have I missed this?
We found it at 91 year old Hoehn's Bakery
, best known for their donuts. It is long and flat
and looks like a cousin to a tiramisu. The young lady behind the counter told us it is from the Pennsylvania Dutch and some call it a German cheesecake. Doing research on it later, it is often made with cottage cheese, which explains why it isn't overly sweet and not nearly as dense as a typical cheesecake. As you can see, the top is custard-ish, while the bottom layer is a thick bread. I have also read that smearcase can refer to a type of spreadable cheese.
Johnny told me that these are available in grocery stores all over the metro area. Any smearcase fans out there?
BTW, if you make it to Hoehn's Bakery
, make sure you pick up some peach cake, too!