Intro: Ricotta Cheese Cake
the cheese filling....
1 1/2lbs. of whole milk Ricotta Cheese
1 1/4 cups cooked quinoa grain (you can get this at any good health food store)
5 eggs plus 1 yolk
3/4 cups of sugar
1 orange (grated)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
for the pie tart shell...
1 stick of butter
1 1/4 cups of flour
1 egg yolk
3 tablespoon of ice water
2 tablespoons of sugar
Step 1: THE TART SHELL
This is a fantastic recipe handed down from Grandma (my ex-wifes grandma that is….I knew it was too complicated to explain…WHATEVER.....
First start off with about 1/2 lb. of quinoa grain..(easily found at any health food store) cook the grain…. by the way, you will need 1 1/4 cups cooked grain for this receipt, first bring to a boil 2 1/2 cups of water, then add the quinoa and lower the heat to a very low simmer, cover and let cook (about 20 minutes) meanwhile back at the ranch.. take 1 stick of butter (softened) and mix with 2 teaspoons of sugar ( hopefully you are using a stand mixer because it is a pain without it) beat until softened then add 1 1/4 cups of flour and 1 egg yolk (optional) but it makes the crust much sweeter, add a few tablespoons of water, I use as little as possible due to the fact that too much water makes for a tougher dough and we do not want that , do we…NO when the dough forms a ball and I mean as soon as it starts to come together ..STOP the MIXER, put some flour on you tabletop and roll out the dough, place in a 9″ deep ceramic pie tart, fold over the edges as to create a free form top edge….PLEASE DO NOT do a Sandra Lee pie shell, half the pleasure of eating a delicious dessert is that it looks fantastic not like a store-bought machine-made mass-produced tart shell.
OK… where was I… place the tart in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes while the oven heats up.(350* degrees) cook the tart for about 20 minutes, then fill it with the Ricotta cheese batter…for those of you new to the art of baking tart shells, you MUST put a sheet of parchment paper or foil in the tart shell and fill it with pie weights..ok, not every one has pie weights in their pantry so you can use uncooked rice, beans or lentils, whatever you have lying around the cupboards in order to fill the shell completely so the sides do not fold-in.
Step 2: THE BATTER
All right, while that’s baking, let’s get back to work, remember the grain... it has been cooking for a while during which you were making the tart pastry, now that the grain is cooked, let’s make the Ricotta filling.
Take 1 1/2 lbs. of whole milk ricotta and mix with 5 eggs, 1/4 pint of heavy cream, 1 1/4 cups of the cooked grain, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, grate one lemon and one orange, (just use the gratings) discard the liquid and mix on a slow setting for about five minutes. Personally if you want to get fancy, beat the heavy cream first to form soft peaks then add the remaining ingredients…but that’s just good technique, it will still taste similar either way...
Step 3: THE FINISHED CAKE
HERE IS THE BIG QUESTION...When is it done? not if it shakes when you move it, it could have some wiggle but not too much…mind you, it should not be as hard as rock either, the filling is done when a knife inserted comes out relatively clean, yes relatively clean not squeaky clean but pretty clean… all right enough with that, the cake will continue to set-up as it cools down.
This cheese cake is to die for when it is warm.... but you really do not get the full flavor until it is completely cooled preferably the next day or at least a few hours…but go ahead…and eat a slice and tomorrow when you had your fourth piece you will say…I think it is better today.... ENJOY
To make the presentation even better when serving, drizzle a little Agave around edge of the plate and finely shave some of your finest chocolate, and of course shake some powdered sugar on top...
DON”T FORGET....everything in moderation, then you’ll still be able to fit into that size 6 dress you love so much…