Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Orange Ricotta Cheesecake

I love rich, dense cheesecakes as much as the next person, but after devouring an entire large chocolate covered coconut cream egg myself  (my once a year entitlement) I thought I'd lighten up things when preparing something for a committee meeting at my house recently. Well, ok, it's not exactly angel food cake, but I did use ricotta rather than heavier cream cheese that's so typical in cheesecakes.

Truth is, I wouldn't have even thought of cheesecake had it not been for the large jar of orange conserve  I was sent recently. I was trying to conjure up some way of showcasing the high-end (read expensive), imported Italian conserve. But after sampling just one spoonful of the product and its bitter orange flavor, I knew I couldn't use it for this cheesecake. In order to save the day, I rushed to the supermarket to buy a sweet orange marmalade instead, and it made all the difference.

The marmalade serves not only as the topping, but is swirled into the mixture, adding more flavor inside. The recipe comes together in a jif, and you don't even need a mixer. A bowl and wooden spoon will do.

It would be a good idea to drain the ricotta first, since the crust might get soggy if the cheesecake sits around more than one day.

Then again, I think the chances of having any left after the first day are slim.

Totally apropos of nothing to do with this cheesecake (well, it is tangential to this blog actually and I’m not above asking readers for help), I wondered if any of you has used Windows Live Writer (WLW) and later switched from a pc to a MAC.  WLW is a great platform for writing the blog, plus it allows for these large photos without running into the sidebars. But WLW doesn’t run on MAC and now I find myself using WLW on my old computer for blogging – at least until the six-year-old pc doesn’t konk out on me.  Any help would be much appreciated on how to migrate Windows Live Writer to a MAC so I don’t have to flip-flop between the old and new computers. You can contact me at ciaochowlinda@gmail.com if you have any brainstorms.  grazie.

Orange Ricotta Cheesecake

Printable Recipe Here

For graham cracker crust:

  • 1 3/4 cup graham crackers (about 15 whole)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 T. flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 T. water, or more if needed

In a food processor, blend the graham crackers, brown sugar, flour and salt until fine crumbs. Add melted butter and water and mix until evenly moistened.

Grease an 8 inch springform pan and cover the bottom and sides with aluminum foil. Bake the crust in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, then let it cool completely.

For the cheesecake:

  • 2 pounds ricotta cheese (drained overnight preferably)
  • 3/4 cup sweet orange marmalade
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • more orange marmalade for topping (about 1/3 to 3/4 cup
  1. Combine the 3/4 marmalade, ricotta cheese, and eggs, one at a time, in a large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients (except the marmalade for the topping.)
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and place the pan in a hot water bath in the oven, which has been preheated to 300 degrees. Bake for 90 minutes to two hours or until the cake is not liquidy when you jiggle it. Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Warm the marmalade slightly to make it easier to spread, either in the microwave or the stove. Spread over the top and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight before serving.

23 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mmmhhh, heavenly! That cheesecake must be divine.

Cheers,

Rosa

Frank said...

Wow, that's really a thing of beauty. And the combination of ricotta and orange sounds fantastic.

Cathy said...

Gorgeous, Linda! I made a ricotta cheesecake several weeks ago and it had way too much moisture so the bottom crust was soggy. Your version looks so much better and I'm looking forward to trying it. Love the marmalade swirled through the batter.

christo AKA doggybloggy said...

Linda you always make the spectacular - grand! I would love to sit at your table for anything and everything you present...

Stacey Snacks said...

This is my favorite cake, and I love the addition of the marmalade. I usually put candied citron in my ingredients, but will try it your way. Love it!
You are brave to switch to MAC, I am too scared to even leave Blogger.

Marysol said...

Linda, I believe you could serve this ricotta cheesecake inside an old shoe, and I'd still eat it!
Wonderful combination of flavors.

Linda said...

As much as I'm into "cream cheese" cheesecakes, I do love lightness and unique taste of ricotta. The addition of the citrus is perfect!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Ricotta cheese cakes are my favorite. Do you think that something else could be substituted for the 1/2 cup of flour...to make it gluten free? I would love to serve this at a family meal and have 2 who can not eat wheat. Thanks...also, I am sending you pc windows question off to my son and his business associate...they may have an answer for you.

Linda said...

Susan - Thanks a million for sending off my request to your son. Now that's going above and beyond! Re:gluten free - try substituting either cornstarch or rice flour for the regular flour.

Daniela said...

Bellisime e molto invitante la tua cheese- cake. Un abbraccio Daniela.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love cheesecake and I'm always looking for new variations so this one will go in my recipe files. I love orange marmalade but never thought of putting it as a topping .. such a nice idea and it looks so sunny refreshing!

Scintilla said...

This looks delish! I wonder if it would go with my homemade orange/mandarine marmalade?

I can understand your devotion to WLW - I haven't looked back since you introduced me to it!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Scintilla - Yes of course your homemade marmalade would be THE BEST with this cheesecake.

Claudia said...

I think I can live on this. Eggs for protein and cheese for dairy and marmalade for fruit. I'm looking at my low-fat salad now and asking it what magic words I need to turn it into ricotta cheesecake. It remains mum. When I have technical issues (often), I find a kid.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Ricotta cheesecake is hands down my favorite, I rarely eat any other kind. I love the orange marmalade smothered on top,in the past I have used marmalade in the filling too, but really love what you did with the topping, you always make everything look so elegant, I want to sit at your table too!

LF said...

Oh my goodness.. looks very inviting! Got to love cheesecake :)

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I love cheesecake, indeed. Ricotta cheesecake is one of my favorites. It's a texture thing, I guess. When I head home, from our vacation, we're passing through a place that makes their own delicious Gouda cheese. They also sell German-style Quark cheese, which is like a ricotta. I'm going to bring some home. I think you just inspired me on how to use it. The color and presentation of your cheesecake is beautiful, Linda. It's says 'summer'.

The Food Hunter said...

Nice twist adding the orange to an already wonderful treat.

Barbara GF said...

This is so bright and enticing, Linda. I love ricotta cheesecake, and I love how you swirled the marmalade through it. Wish I had a piece right now!

Mary said...

This looks delicious. I love a well-made ricotta cake and it sure looks like I've found one here. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Christine's Pantry said...

I have never had orange cheesecake, but this sounds wonderful.

Jojo said...

I am drooling.

Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris said...

with orange?? Wow...that is heaven for me!