I have always wanted to make an authentic Italian Cheesecake.
Rob was coming home for a little mini-vacation and
requested my famous spaghetti.
So, along with baking a loaf of Mother's Dilly Bread,
I added this delightful cheesecake as a sweet ending.
This recipe was in honor of the "real Italians" in our family...
our son-in-law, Jay and his dad, Pat (Pasquale)!
This is a tiny Bar in the hills of Savoca, near Taormina.
The Divine Miss M and her family traveled to Italy
in 2007, wanting to tour the birthplace of Jay's father.
You may recognize this bar.......
it was the famous scene in the Godfather where
Michael Corleone asked the father of Appolonia Vitelli
to begin their courtship!
I am so grateful they were able to take this trip
and enjoy the gloaming hours in Italy
sipping on Limoncellos'......
I know this trip meant the world to him.....
Our beloved Pat passed away early this summer.
I love this photo of them......
of course it is framed and hung in a place of honor
in their Atlanta home.
This cheesecake has a lovely consistency and texture.
It baked perfectly.
It also has no crust.
It is not sweet like most cheesecakes,
so you will probably enjoy it more
with a very sweet topping!
AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CHEESECAKE
1 1⁄2 lbs ricotta cheese
1 3/4 cups sugar
16 ounces cream cheese
6 tablespoons flour
1 pint sour cream
Juice of one fresh lemon
1 tablespoon vanilla
Grease a 10" spring form pan.
Mix the ricotta, sugar, and cream cheese together.
Add 6 egg, (one at a time and mixing between each, flour, and sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Pour batter into pan and bake 1 hour at 350 F. After 1 hour, turn the oven to OFF. The important part of this step is to not open the oven door. Allow the cheesecake to remain in the oven for an additional hour.
Cool completely and spread with 1 can of cherry pie filling, fresh strawberries, or chocolate ganache.
Chocolate Ganache for the darling.....
Fresh Strawberries for Rob.....
Cherries for me!