Italian Christmas Cheesecake

Italian Christmas Cheesecake


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About this recipe: 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.


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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