My husband came across this recipe in the May issue of Bon Appetit. It reminded him of a cheese cake that his Italian grandmother used to prepare. The most difficult part of this recipe was finding an 8-inch spring form pan. After an extensive search of the house and three trips to different retail stores, this marvelous cheese cake was concocted.
Recipe from Gina DePalma- New York City
2-15 ounce containers whole-milk ricotta
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon, plus 1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unseasoned dry breadcrumbs
2-8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature, cut into cubes
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons salt-free matzo meal
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Powdered sugar (for dusting)
Special equipment: 8"-diameter springform pan with 2 1/2"-high sides.
Put ricotta in a large fine-mesh strainer set over bowl. Drain for 30 minutes.
Arrange rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8"springform pan with
2- 1/2" high sides with butter. Mix 1 tablespoon sugar and breadcrumbs in a small bowl. Sprinkle over buttered pan to coat. Tap out excess crumbs.
Transfer ricotta to a processor. Puree for 15 seconds. Scrape down sides of processor; puree until smooth. Add cream cheese; puree until smooth. Add the remaining sugar and all other ingredients; puree, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth, about 30 seconds. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
Bake cheesecake until golden brown and just set, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool in pan ( cake will fall slightly). Refrigerate uncovered until cool, about 3 hours. Then cover and chill overnight.
Note: This cheesecake needs some form of starch to absorb the liquid in ricotta. Matzo Meal works best.