For a get-together that my family is having today, I was tasked with making a dessert for it. I could've made a cake, but thats a little boring and not everyone likes cake. I could make a cream pie, but once again, kinda boring, and we have it a lot anyway. Then I thought back a while, to when I had had a great cheesecake at a family friend's house. It was not a traditional New York cheesecake. It was and Italian cheesecake, much lighter than a New York, and had a different flavor, that I can't really describe. So I decided to try my hand at making one for myself.
Step 1: Gather everything!
Now, making an Italian cheesecake is much easier than you think. My recipe consists of only 8 ingredients:
- 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.