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Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake
Desserts
Date: March 30, 2016
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups graham crackers, pulsed into crumbs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages full-fat cream cheese, soft
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanillaeExtract
  • 3 large eggs + 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon ezst
  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Preparation Steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In the body of a blender or food processor, combine graham crackers, sugar, and salt; pulse until the crackers have been completely transformed into fine crumbs.
  3. Add melted butter; stir well to combine. Press down into a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan; set aside.
  4. In the body of a high power blender, food processor, stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand held mixer, beat the softened cream cheese and Ricotta cheese until smooth.
  5. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth, scraping down the sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
  6. Add in the eggs and yolks; beat until smooth.
  7. Stir in the flour, mixing just until combined.
  8. Quickly stir in the lemon juice and zest, mixing just until it's incorporated in the batter.
  9. Pour filling into prepared crust, and spread the top smooth.
  10. Wrap the bottom of the pan in tin foil (I highly recommend doing several diligent layers here; no one wants a wet/soggy crust).
  11. Place the cheesecake pan into another large pan (it should be wide enough to comfortably fit the springform pan holding the cheesecake and deep enough to hold a few inches of water without risk of a spill).
  12. Fill the pan up with very hot water; it should rise half way along the cheesecake pan. This is your water bath and will help ensure your cheesecake comes out crack free. Be sure to pour the water in slowly, as you don't want any of it to splash up
  13. Place pan into the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  14. Turn the oven off and let the cheesecake sit, undisturbed, for 45 minutes inside the oven with the door shut. The cheesecake should be still slightly wiggly.
  15. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, run a knife very gently around the edge of the cake, and let it sit in the pan for another 15 minutes before covering loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerating for at least 6 hours.
  16. Serve, top with a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!
Notes:

Ingredients 1-4 and steps 2 & 3 are for the crust 

Ingredients 5-13 and steps 4-16 are for the filling

Yield: 10-12 servings