Italian Christmas Cheesecake

    1 hour 15 min

    A super-rich Italian take on cheesecake. Shortcrust pastry cases are filled with a sweetened egg, cream, ricotta cheese and glace cherry filling. It's the perfect indulgent treat for dessert.

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    Makes: 2 cheesecakes

    • 8 eggs
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 250ml milk
    • 250ml cream
    • 900g ricotta cheese
    • 170g finely chopped glace cherries
    • 2 (23cm) unbaked shortcrust pastry cases
    • 2 whole glace cherries
    • 1 tablespoon icing sugar for dusting

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Beat the eggs, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla together in a mixing bowl until light coloured and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
    3. Pour in the milk and cream; continue beating to make a smooth mixture. Stir in the ricotta cheese and cherries until evenly blended. Pour into the pastry cases.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 170 C / Gas 3 and bake until set, about 50 minutes more.
    5. Cool on racks. When cheesecakes are completely cool, dust with icing sugar and decorate by placing 1 whole cherry in the centre of each cheesecake

    Cook's note

    If you can get your hands on green and red glace cherries, it will add an additional festive feel.

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    I halfed this recipe and served it at a Christmas party with friends. The ricotta made a very nice texture, with good flavor, but we did not care too much for the candied cherries. I think it would be just fine without them.  -  24 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this for easter and instead of using cherries I used a can of crushed pineapple~What a fabulous pie!!! My husband has requested it for his birthday instead of cake!!! Top it with some whipped cream and strawberries...I think I'll do that next!!  -  02 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This pie was nice for something different to make for the holidays. I followed the directions as they were except I omitted the candied cherries. It came out really well, my family really liked it. The lemon flavor was really a nice touch because without it the pie wouldn't have had much flavor.  -  20 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)