Step 1: Gather Everything!
- 2 pounds of ricotta cheese (I was able to buy it from Safeway for $6)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- the zest of one large orange
- 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 eggs
The cheesecake is topped with 6 caramelized orange slices. All you need for this is 6 thin slices of orange, about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick, all roughly the same size (You only need one orange to do this), and sugar. WIth the slices of orange, make sure that you keep the rind on them. This adds to the flavor.
Step 2: Mix It All Up
Start off by putting all of the ricotta in a bowl, and stirring it with a spatula until it is as smooth as you can make it (by nature, ricotta is kind of a grainy (for lack of a better word) cheese. It is most often used in lasagna). Fold the flour and sugar into it thoroughly. Now stir the eggs in until smooth, and mix in the vanilla, zest, cinnamon, and salt.
Step 3: Bake It
Now preheat the oven to 300F. You need to grease and flour a 10 inch springform pan (the springform because that way it is easier to take the cake out of the pan). Pour the batter into the pan, and bake in the oven for 1h 15m. When it is done, it should be firm, and fairly springy to the touch. When a sharp knife or toothpick is inserted, it should come out clean.
(Sorry, I forgot to take a picture after it came out of the oven, before the orange slices. No pic for this step)
Step 4: Caramelizing the Oranges
Arrange the slices on top of the cake, in kind of a pinwheel pattern, as you can see in the pic. Top with a light dusting of powdered sugar, and you're done! Enjoy this light, flavorful cheesecake.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!