Benvenuti a mia cucina! Mi piace dolci! (Welcome to my kitchen! I like sweets!)
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I’ve been on a mission lately to increase my skills and repertoire of gluten-free cakes and desserts. I love cheesecakes and their rich creamy fillings. I also adore Italian food. It’s one of my cooking specialties. Italian ricotta cheesecake is moist and creamy without being over powering, overly sweet or heavy.
While reading Lidia Bastianich’s cookbook Lidia’s Italy, I found this delicious recipe for Torta di Mandorle e Ricotta (Orange and almond ricotta cheesecake). This dessert sounded divine and I wondered how it would fair with a gluten-free ginger snap cookie base. I’ve used this base before in making pumpkin cheesecake pie and was successful. You never know until you try, so off to the kitchen I went to experiment.
I’m happy to say, it worked quite well. The ginger, orange and almond flavors were a very nice combination in every bite. You can also substitute regular ginger snap cookies as well, if being gluten-free is not a concern for you. You’ll find more Italian inspired recipes from my friends at the #SundaySupper movement at the end of this post. There is nothing more Italian than sharing a wonderful meal with family and friends.
You’ll need a 9 inch springform cake pan, stand mixer and whisk attachment.
To line the cake pan:
1 1/2 tbsps soft butter
1/3 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
1 cup gluten-free ginger snap cookie crumbs* see notes below
½ cup ground almond
¼ cup butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup sugar
16 ounces whole-milk ricotta, drained
pinch of salt
1 tbsp orange zest, finely grated
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
confectioners sugar for dusting
slices of fresh orange for garnish
Place your oven rack in the lower to mid-range area of the oven (not at the bottom). Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
Butter the inside of the springforom pan and coat it with the bread crumbs. In a large bowl combine the cookie crumbs and ground almonds. Add the melted butter and mix gently until incorporated. Add the crust mixture to the springform pan and gently press the crumb mixture into the bottom and partway up the sides of the pan. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Cool the crust on a rack.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F. Add the eggs and egg yolk to the mixing bowl and whisk at a low speed. Gradually add the sugar and whisk at a high speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the speed and add the ricotta in batches. Then whisk for 3 minutes more on a high speed until the mixture is smooth and thick. Scrape the bowl as needed. Add a pinch of salt, orange zest and then add the cream gradually whisking at a high speed for several minutes until the batter is smooth and light. Set the springform pan into a jelly roll baking sheet. Scrape the batter into the prepared crust.
Bake for approximately one hour or until the cake top is golden brown and springs back when pressed. The sides of the cake should be starting to shrink away from the pan. Cool on a wire rack, then remove it from the springform.
When it is completely cool, top with sliced almonds and dust the cake with confectioners sugar.
More Italian inspired recipes:
A special thanks to Manuela of Manu’s Menu for hosting this #SundaySupper event.
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