Classic Ricotta Cheesecake


Ricotta cheese, plump golden raisins, and tart candied citrus peel are hallmarks of this popular Italian dessert.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Bake Time:
7 mins
Cool Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 47 mins


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • cup butter

  • 1 beaten egg yolk

  • 3 cup ricotta cheese

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 3 eggs

  • ¼ cup golden raisins

  • 2 tablespoon diced candied orange or lemon peel

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • Orange peel strips (optional)


  1. For crust, in a medium mixing bowl combine 3/4 cup flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel. Cut in 1/3 cup butter until pieces are the size of small peas. Using a fork, stir in egg yolk until all of the dough is moistened.

  2. Remove the sides from an ungreased 8-inch springform pan. Press one-third of the dough onto the bottom of pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire rack.

  3. Grease the sides of the springform pan with the additional butter. Attach the pan sides to the bottom. Press remaining dough 1-1/2 inches up the sides of the pan. Set the pan aside.

  4. For filling, in a large mixing bowl beat the ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, milk, and 2 tablespoons flour with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Add whole eggs all at once. Beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in raisins, candied peel, and 1 teaspoon lemon peel.

  5. Pour filling into the crust-lined pan. Place in a shallow baking pan in oven. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 45 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken.

  6. Cool in springform pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen crust from sides of pan and cool for 30 minutes more. Remove sides of the springform pan; cool 1 hour. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours. If desired, garnish with orange peel. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
12g Fat
26g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Protein 10g
Calcium 151.5mg 12%
Iron 1.1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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