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Registered: ‎03-21-2010

Re: Italian Ricotta Cheese Cake

@deepwaterdotter wrote:

My SIL's recipe uses a crust made of amaretti cookies (she specifies Alessi brand) and butter.  She starts making the cheesecake 3 days before serving:


5 oz amaretti cookies

5 tbsp melted butter


2 lbs ricotta cheese

4 eggs, separated

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup light rum

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp lemon zest

1/8 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla


Drain ricotta cheese overnight in refrigerator in fine-mesh strainer lined with 2 layers of paper towels set over bowl.


Process cookies into 1 1/4 cups fine crumbs in food processor and pour in bowl.  Mix in 4 tbsp melted butter.  Brush bottom and sides of springform pan with 2 tsp melted butter.  Press crumbs into bottom of pan.  Bake in 325 degree oven until golden brown around edges, about 13 minutes.  Cool on rack until room temperature, about 1/2 hour.  Brush sides of pan with last teaspoon of melted butter.


Process drained ricotta in food processor for a minute until smooth.  Process in egg yolks, sugar, rum, flour, lemon zest, vanilla, and salt for a minute.  Pour into big bowl.


Beat egg whites in a separate bowl with hand mixer into stiff peaks.  Fold into ricotta mixture to completely mix in.  Pour into cooled crust.


Bake at 325 degrees until thermometer inserted into middle reads around 150 degrees, about 1 1/4 hours (sides will be firm, but middle will still jiggle a little).  Cool on rack for 5 minutes.  Run a paring knife around sides between crust and inside of pan.  Cool on rack for 3 hours.  Tightly wrap cake in pan in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.


Remove sides of pan and let set 1/2 hour at room temperature before serving.    



@deepwaterdotter ... THANKS 🥰




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Posts: 442
Registered: ‎04-12-2010

Re: Italian Ricotta Cheese Cake

@deepwaterdotter many thanks for sharing this recipe!  I've been looking for one that doesn't call for regular cream cheese.  I ordered extra ricotta in hopes I could find a recipe.  I'm hoping I can find some good cookies to use for the crust.  We have an Italian deli nearby, so they should have them.  I'll be baking this along with my meat shadone later this week Smiley Happy

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Italian Ricotta Cheese Cake

@Knit-Chick  You're welcome.  Wishing you a beautiful spring and delicious Easter meal.