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Baked Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe
Baked Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe
by billy law | Jul 25, 2013 | Recipes | 0 Comments
I am quite fussy when comes to cheesecake. I have to admit that cheesecake
is possibly the last option I would go for on a dessert menu. I just think that
there are way more exciting gateaux and cakes out there than a slice of
cheesecake, which usually either too sweet, too cloy or simply too cheesy. But
when is done right, my heart does sing out, They aint that bad after all, I
guess I just need to be in the mood for it.
Then people think I went coo-coo when I created a vegemite cheesecake in
my Have you eaten? cookbook (old version recipe can be found here).
Never judge the book by the cover I say, just wait till you try it; you can send
me an email and thank me later.
Pasticceria Papas baked ricotta cheesecake has been crowned Sydneys
best cheesecake by SMH, and they werent wrong. Their version of
cheesecake is nothing like the New York cheesecake, it consists of a slightly
sweet and light ricotta cheese filling, with a sponge pastry wrapped all around
it. Solving the mystery on how to seal the cheesecake inside the pastry is half
the fun (Its not that difficult really). So I made my own.
Instead of trying to crack the cheesecakes code, I just played around a bit
and changed a few bits here and there. As I love Maggie Beers sour cream
pastry so much, I used it for this recipe instead of the soft spongy pastry. And
I also added more cinnamon flavour to the cheesecake, rather than just a
plain white ricotta cheesecake inside. My effort may not be as perfect as
Papas baked ricotta cheesecake, but is still pretty darn good!
This cheesecake is not that difficult to make really, but there are a few crucial
points you have to watch out for:
1. When draping the pastry over the tin, make sure there are no holes in the
pastry, else your cheesecake filling will leak out during baking. If you found
holes, just patch it with some excess pastry and let it set in the refrigerator.
2. When making the cheesecake filling, we want it to be light and soft. Thats
why we separate the eggs, whisking the egg white with sugar until soft peak
then gently fold the cream cheese mixture into it.
3. When filling the tin with cream cheese mixture, make sure you do not fill all
the way to the top, else you will end up with a cheesecake volcano inside the
oven. If it still happens, place a baking tray at the bottom rack in the oven to
catch up any over flowing cheesecake mixture.
4. It is important to cool the cheesecake in the oven and let it finish cooking,
so it doesnt shrink too much. Best to let it set in fridge overnight and taste
much better the next day.
Baked Ricotta Cheesecake
Sour cream pastry (recipe from Maggies Harvest)
200g chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
250g all-purpose plain flour
1/2 cup (125ml) sour cream (or plain yoghurt)
3 eggs, separated
250g cream cheese, room temperature
500g ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract paste
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg powder
Icing sugar, for dusting
Cinnamon powder, for dusting
1. To make the pastry, put butter and plain flour in a food processor, blitz in
pulse mode until it resembles fine crumbs. Alternatively, rub the butter and
flour between fingers until you achieve the same result. Add sour cream and
give it a few more pulses until the dough comes together. Tip it out on a
floured surface, gather the loose clumps together to form a dough ball. Flatter
the dough into a disk, wrap it in cling film and transfer to refrigerator to let it
set for at least 30 minutes.
2. Cut 2/3 of the dough out and put the rest back in fridge. Roll the dough into
3mm thickness, make sure it is wide enough to cover the bottom and side of a
22cm springform cake tin. Drape the pastry over the tin, then gently press
the pastry to sides to fill all corners, let the excess hang over the edges of the
tin. Place the tin in refrigerator to let it set.
3. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a food mixer on high speed until light and
fluffy. Turn the speed down to low, then add yolk and keep beating until
combined. Add cream and ricotta, beat until combined and no lumps. Finally,
add vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, beat until just combined.
4. In a clean large mixing bowl, add egg white and sugar, whisk until soft
peak. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the meringue, fold gently until
5. Preheat oven to 180C. Remove the springform tin lined with pastry from
the refrigerator, pour the cheese mixture into the tin but without filling to the
top, by leaving an inch from the top.
6. Take out the remaining pastry from the refrigerator, roll it out to 3 mm
thickness, big enough to cover the top of the cake tin. Drape the pastry over
the top of the cake tin, make sure is nice and tight and not sagging too much
in the centre. Then use a rolling pin, roll it along the edges of the tin to seal
and cut off the excess. Crimp and seal the pastry by pinching together index
finger and thumb.
7. Cut a small slit in the centre of the pastry, bake the cheesecake in the oven
for 1 hour. Then let the cheesecake to cool in oven with door ajar. Once cool,
remove cheesecake from tin and transfer to refrigerator to let it set
8. Dust the cheesecake with icing sugar and cinnamon powder.