Fiadone di Ricotta (Italian Ricotta Cheesecake)

Tiffany Bannworth

By
@MissAnubis

I am half Italian and half French, so I enjoy all the rich Italian and French desserts, but who doesn't? I love to impart the more traditional recipes to my husband and our 6 children, as opposed to the Americanized ones. Enjoy! This is commonly enjoyed around Easter.


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Serves:
8
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

PASTRY

1/2 pkg
frozen phyllo sheet dough
1 stick
butter, melted
1
pastry brush

FILLING

2 c
ricotta cheese (cream cheese can be substituted)
1 1/2 c
dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp
flour
2
eggs
2 Tbsp
vanilla
1 c
dark chocolate chips
1 Tbsp
fresh orange zest
1/2 tsp
fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c
cooked arborio rice (optional)

TOPPING

1 c
walnuts, pecans, or pine nuts
1/2 stick
butter
1/2 c
dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp
vanilla
1/4 c
dark chocolate chips
1/4 c
fresh orange zest and sugar mixture (optional)

Step-By-Step

1Allow phyllo to thaw for about 10 minutes before unrolling. Each box usually has two rolls, you will only need the one.

2Preheat to oven 325.

3In a circular metal cake pan, either spray non-stick cooking spray or butter with your pastry brush. Then lay singular sheets of phyllo, buttering the entire sheet between every layer. Continue to do from different angles so that you end with a perfect circle. Leave flaps open at the moment.

4In a mixing bowl, cream sugar and eggs. Then add all filling ingredients save the chocolate chips. Beat for 3 minutes.

5Stir in chocolate chips and your optional rice with a wooden spoon. Pour into your phyllo pan.

6Fold the corners over the filling, and butter with brush.

7Place in oven and cook until toothpick comes out clean.

8To make optional orange zest sugar mixture, just grate about a tablespoon of orange peel and add to a tablespoon of white sugar. Stir. The natural oil should bond to the sugar. Then break it apart with your fingers when applying so that it is not clumpy.

9Remove from oven. Sprinkle your zest sugar mixture onto the phyllo portion, not the filling. Optional.

10While cooling your pie, place filling ingredients save the chocolate chips and the zest mixture. Stir nuts until brown sugar is melting, bubbly, and reduced.

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11Spoon topping over the filling part only. Sprinkle chocolate chips.

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12I like to serve this chilled, but my husband prefers it still warm. The cheesecake sets better if it is chilled first and then rewarmed to serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies, Chocolate, Other Desserts
Regional Style: Italian