Simply Ricotta Cheesecake

By testkitchenette
March 12, 2011
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Author Notes: Riffing off of my mom's Skinny Cottage Cheesecake, this recipe is a little bit more indulgent. The lime zest and juice give a nice tang to the soft vanilla and ricotta cheese. It is made even more lovely with the complement of a berry compote that I usually make from some waning frozen berries from the summer.

I usually suspend my fresh ricotta in cheesecloth over a bowl for a bit to get out any extra whey. If using conventional ricotta, you don't have to bother draining.

Makes: 8-12 slices

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  1. Mix together and press to the bottom of a 9 inch spring-form pan. Chill while preparing the filling.

Ricotta Cheesecake

  • 2 cups drained ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • scant 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  1. Cheesecake: Preheat oven to 350F. Combine the cottage cheese, eggs, sugar, lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract, and salt in a food processor and combine until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides once. Bake for 50 minutes or until filling is slightly puffed. Cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Sour Cream Topping: Whisk the sour cream, sugar,vanilla, and lime zest and until smooth in a small bowl and spread carefully over the hot filling. Bake for 5 minutes longer. Cool and chill.

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