Ideal for a warm-weather gathering, this authentic cheesecake is not too dense with its rich addition of ricotta. Serve with fresh berries of the season to accompany. Top with sweetened whipped cream if desired.


Ingredients:
1-2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter Melted
Β½ Cup finely crushed Almond Biscotti Cookies
2 Pounds Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
1 Pound Mascarpone Cheese
1 Β½ Cups Granulated White Sugar
6 Large Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
2 Tablespoons Fresh Orange Zest
ΒΌ cup Heavy Cream
2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1.5 Tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice
Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 325 F. If there is a lot of excess water in your ricotta, drain the ricotta in a colander or in some cheesecloth set over a bowl for about 30 minutes to an hour. In a small bowl stir together the biscotti crumbs and melted butter.
Cover the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with aluminum foil. Make sure it is covered well so the water bath doesn’t get into the pan and make the crust soggy. Make sure the foil is not bulky so the pan can lay flat.

Pour the buttery cookie crumbs into the springform pan and press them into the bottom of the pan and up the sides of the pan a little. Make sure there is a thin, flat, even layer throughout. Place the pan in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until slightly dry and starting to brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the ricotta, mascarpone, and sugar together until smooth. With the mixer Add the eggs one at a time, orange zest, cream, vanilla, and orange juice and mix until completely smooth and combined.
Pour batter into the prepared springform pan and set the pan inside a larger pan (roasting pan, jelly roll pan, glass Pyrex dish, etc.) Fill the outer pan with boiling water until it reaches about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan.

Bake for 1Β½ to 2 hours or until the cheesecake is mostly set in the center. Turn off the oven and let the cake rest inside for 30 minutes. Remove cake from the oven and let cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

Run a sharp knife around the perimeter of the cake to loosen it and unmold. Chill the cheesecake in the fridge overnight. Top with fresh raspberries or just some powdered sugar and some orange or lemon slices!

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