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Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

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Ingredients

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2 Large eggs
3/4 cups superfine sugar
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 pound ricotta cheese
2 tbsp lemon or orange zest
1 vanilla bean seeds
4 tbsp salted butter
2 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp orange or lemon zest
1 1/2 cups powder sugar

Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

Features:
  • Sweet
Cuisine:
  • 1 hr 15 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Medium

Ingredients

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Sicilian ricotta cheesecake is a traditional Italian cake which is ideal for celebratory occasions or it is also perfect when you are simply craving sweet on an ordinary day.

The cake is super simple to bake with some basic ingredients. So, have a look at its easy-to-follow recipe from here.

Health Benefits

The main ingredient of the ricotta cheesecake is the ricotta cheese. Unlike many other types of cheeses ricotta cheese is healthy. It is high in proteins which is significant for the building of muscles and bones. Moreover, ricotta consists of other rich nutrients like sodium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B.

Sicilian ricotta cheesecake contains high amount of calcium and calcium has benefits beyond bone health. For instance, it prevents colon cancer, kidney stones, regulates the blood pressure and reduces the symptoms of depression.

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How to Make Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

  1. Before you begin baking, place the whole milk ricotta cheese in cheesecloth-lined strainer over a bowl. Cover it up with a plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
  3. Whisk together eggs and sugar in a bowl until properly combined.
  4. Add the butter (one tablespoon at a time) until fully incorporated.
  5. Now add the orange or lemon zest. Scrape the vanilla seeds. Add the baking powder and coconut flour. Use a spatula mix to combine the ingredients properly. Fold in the ricotta cheese.
  6. Lightly butter a small spring cake pan. Sprinkle sugar all over the bottom and sides of the pan. Now evenly spread the mixture into the pan. Make sure to set the pan on a baking sheet.
  7. Place the cake in the preheated oven for about an hour until the cake is golden brown.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the orange or lemon zest. Stir together the lemon or orange juice with the powdered sugar in a bowl. Add more sugar if required. Make sure the liquid is thick.
  9. Take the cake out of the pan. Allow it to cool before unfolding it from the spring-form pan.
  10. Pour the orange or lemon glaze all over the cheesecake after it has cooled down.
  11. Garnish it with extra lemon or orange zest.
  12. Serve cold and enjoy!

Trivia

  • July 30th is celebrated as the National Cheesecake Day.

It is believed that cheesecakes were served to athletes competing during the Olympic Games in 776 BC to give them energy.

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