Super Easy Italian Cheesecake

 


All right so this is the first time ever I have made an Italian version cheesecake with ricotta cheese, and let me tell you how easy this was, well almost everything I make is really easy anyhow. Well the fact that this cheesecake does not have a crust saves a lot of time.

The mixing, preparing takes about 5 minutes and you are done. The cooling of the cheesecake is what takes the longest. I baked it in the evening and it was ready to eat, nice and chilled, the next morning.

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Super Easy Italian Cheesecake

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of ricotta cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour, you can use regular flour
  • 1 cup of unrefined sugar
  • Zest of three lemons
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of orange extract, or zest of two oranges

Directions:

Heat oven to 325 F.

Combine cheese and sugar in a stand mixer or food processor. Add two eggs at a time and combine. Add flour, vanilla and zests. Do not over mix trying to make the batter smooth, this prevents cracking when baking.

Grease a spring form pan with butter up the sides and sprinkle with flour. Bake for 1h to 1h and 30 min, depending on the oven. I normally bake mine for about 1h and 30 minutes. Make sure the cake is lightly brown like in the pictures.

After turning oven off, leave cheesecake in the oven for 30 minutes to cool. Cake will drop. Cool for another 30 minutes out of the oven. Chill in fridge for 6-8 hours.

Before taking cake out of the baking pan, loosely run a sharp knife around the edges. Enjoy.

TIP: I actually add 1/3 cup of raisins to the recipe. We like it better that way. If you like raisins you should add them, you will not be disappointed.

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10 comments

  1. Miryam, this looks so good! Definitely going on my ‘to-make’ list. :)

    caroline
    chocolateandcarrots.com

  2. Nooooo! No posts until September?! That’ll be tough. I subscribe to about 80 food blogs now, and when I check Google Reader when I wake up, my eyes always first scan for your blog. I gasped when I saw that cheesecake picture, but I think I’ll be making your lime cheesecake first! I’m happy that your family gets to meet your daughter and I hope you’ll enjoy your time away. At least this will give me time to catch up on your recipes. :)

  3. Hamannde,

    good choice on the cheesecake, you will not be disappointed :-)

    Let me know when you try any of the recipes and thanks for the kind comment!! you are always super nice :-)

  4. Of course I’ll let you know when I try your recipes! The problem lately is that it’s been so warm here and there’s no air conditioning, so there’s no way to cool down the kitchen. I guess that means I have to make more Rice Krispie peanut butter chocolate bars. :D Oh, and I recently went to Italy for 10 days and came back 4 kilos heavier. That is having a negative effect on my baking frequency. I love gelato :(

  5. Hamannde,

    that is what I am afraid off, no AC in Spain, or at least at my relatives houses, and they live down south where it is more hot :-) Baking there? for sure not…..

    We will be going to Brussels to see my sister so I hope it will be cooler there.

    Where in Italy did you go? I was planning a trip to Rome but my husband thinks it is to much since we will be going all over Spain :-) and don’t worry about he weight, I am sure you will lose it in no time….

  6. I like very much the cheesecake, all them!

    Welcome to Spain!! and good travel!

    xoxo

  7. This looks nice and decadent! I am a sucker for cheesecakes in any flavor. Have a great trip.

  8. you are so talented.. this chocolate cheese looks amazing… gorgeous pics

  9. Honey,

    thanks for the kind comment and for visiting my blog. Hope you get to make some of the recipes I have on the blog :-)

  10. I just saw that starting June 8, all comment notifications from your blog started going to my spam folder. So I didn’t realize until now that you had written back. I just happened to check the espresso cookies recipe and saw that you wrote me and wondered why I didn’t get an email. That’s weird.

    I hope you enjoy Brussels! At least it’ll be cooler. :)

    We started in Verona (way way nicer than expected) then drove down to Florence to start our Tuscany trip. We spent 10 days in little towns and I think we could have spent even more time there. I loved it!

    We also want to go to Rome. I hope you can go, and if you do, please take note on the best gelato shops. :D

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