Ricette Italiane – By Leelee

It’s June! Why do I feel like there is something symbolic about June? Is it because summer’s here? No, that’s not it. Is it because school’s out? No, that’s definitely not it. Is it somebody’s birthday? I think that’s it! But who? Maybe you can all help me. Until I figure it out, I am posting a recipe for Sicilian Ricotta Cheese Cake. Why do I feel like Sicily represents this person? Anyway, if you know who it is, and you want to make this person a cake, here it is. Otherwise, make it for yourself and/or your family in honor of this adorable and talented Sicilian (what IS his name?).

Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

leelee- Sicilian Ricotta Cheese cake

Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake
Serves: 8

32 ounces ricotta cheese, drained…
1 orange (for 2 teaspoons orange zest/grated rind)
⅓ cup flour
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
18 graham crackers (2 packets from a 14 oz box)
1 stick butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Generously grease a springform pan with butter.
For graham cracker crust, crush graham crackers in food processor until consistency of bread crumbs; stir with melted butter until mixture holds shape when squeezed. If needed, add a little more melted butter.
Firmly press graham cracker “crust” into bottom and along bottom sides of spring form pan; set aside.
Sift together flour and sugar in small mixing bowl.
In medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese and orange zest. Slowly fold in flour mixture with spatula until well blended and smooth.
Add eggs, one at a time, continuing to blend with spatula. Stir in vanilla extract.
Pour batter into spring form pan and gently smooth top with spatula.
Bake for 55-60 minutes, until cake is firm all the way to top center. Cool completely and refrigerate for 2-3 hours to set.


11 thoughts on “Ricette Italiane – By Leelee”

  1. I am not allowed around a cheesecake because if I take one bite the rest of the cake follows me till it is gone. I am sure that our ‘mystery’ BIRTHDAY BOY would love it. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Very sweet post. The cake looks wonderful, but I am like Gina…if it’s in the house I eat until it’s gone! I hope Piero has a fantastic birthday!

    1. I’m confused. Isn’t that what you’re suppose to do with cheesecake? Could my confusion have anything to do with my being a plus size?

  3. Sound great. I have an Itaiian moment to share. I was married to a great Italian man, Last Name, Longobardo), I was 34 with 5 children when he died very suddenly. I read in an encyclopedia that the Longbards were a tall, germaqnic tribe “That held their women in high esteem”, that had invaded northern Italy. I thought it remarkable that that had ben the main thing remembered after all those years. But I have always been partial to Italian men, and the boys of Il VOLO are still my favorites.( I am 87 now)

    1. Jacque, thank you for sharing this. Besides being devastated, you must have been scared as hell alone with 5 children. They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. You must have great strength.

      1. The old saying is very true, through the death of my husband, I came to know the Lord and what I thought was the worst turned out to be the best. Jacque

  4. It’s Piero’s birthday Tomorrow. Yay and Happy Birthday Piero! I’m afraid I won’t be able to join you in having a birthday cake for the same reason that several others have mentioned before me.

    1. I Love, Love, Love Cheeseccake, any kind of cheesecake. I will eat it all if you leave it with me. Did I say I LOVE CHEESECAKE!!! Anyway the most important part of today is to say Happy Birthday to our young gentleman whose name begins with a “P” and ends with an “o”. <3

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