Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake - Lori's Cookbook


Okay, so there's a story behind this one. I asked my husband to pick up some ricotta cheese so that I could make a grain-free lasagna (coming soon) - and he picked up about 8x what I needed for the lasagna! So, I decided to find a dessert that would use ricotta and this was what I found.

(Not to mention that I discovered that I've been mispronouncing ricotta my entire life... in the US, we say rih-COT-tah or rih-COD-dah... turns out it should be pronounced rih-COTE-uh, preferably in an Italian accent.)

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Anyway, this dessert (pictured above) turned out to be a complete hit - well, at least with hubby and me! I'll definitely be making it again.

Although I didn't make it sugar free, it is grain free and can easily be converted to alternative sweeteners to make it keto.

We (my youngest is helping) started out with:

  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

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We poured in:

  • 6 Tablespoons of melted butter

And stirred it well.

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It was pressed into a greased springform pan. You could also choose to use a 9-inch glass pie pan. (Springform pans are the cheesecake pan and make the task of serving much simpler.)

This base was baked in a preheated 350F oven for 12-15 minutes.

Here is what it looked like when it came out:

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As it cooled, we worked on the filling.

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First, we zested, then squeezed:

  • 1 lemon

This went into the mixing bowl with:

  • 16 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
  • 15 ounces of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or substitute)
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract

These ingredients were mixed in my Kitchenaid mixer until smooth. (Be sure to scrap down the sides well from time to time, especially if the cream cheese wasn't very soft.)

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Separately, whip:

  • 1 1/2 cups of cream
    until it forms stiff peaks.

At this point, you can also add:

  • 1 teaspoon of gelatin "bloomed" in 2 teaspoons of water
    (I forgot to add the gelatin - which would have helped the set of this cheesecake immensely.)

Carefully, "fold" the whipped cream into the rest of the filling mixture.

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Folding is a technique where you carefully lift the mixture and fold it over something delicate like whipped cream or meringue. It helps prevent the loss of the air that we just whipped into the ingredient. It helps keep the product fluffy and light.

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At this point, the filling was added to the cooled crust, then chilled for at least four hours. (I froze it for awhile because I didn't have four hours before supper!)

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It came out a bit sloppy due to forgetting the gelatin, but it was a very good cheesecake and I'll definitely make it again!

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Note: All photos are mine - Nikon 7200. Crossposted on Hive.

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Two of my kitchen witches. One hung in my grandmother's kitchen as long as I can remember, so I have mine - adding a certain magickal spice to my cooking, presumably...
My grandmother's now lives in my mother's kitchen.


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