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Italian Style Cherry and Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta cheesecakes are Italy’s answer to New York style cheesecakes. They are lighter, with a more savory flavor. This cherry and ricotta cheesecake is fragranced with vanilla and orange zest for a classic Italian cheesecake recipe flavor, and then the topping is cherry gelatin made with cherry coke for an especially rich flavor. If you do not want to use cherry coke, you can simply use a cup of boiling water plus the gelatin powder.

Do not worry if the ricotta layer sinks as it cools down. This is completely normal. Wait until it has finished sinking and cooling before you pour on the gelatin layer. It is best to leave the gelatin in the refrigerator overnight, so the gelatin can set properly. Else, give it at least six hours before you serve it, just to make sure everything is set.

This cherry cheesecake pie is quick and simple to make and, if you love gelatin recipes, this is a great way to use gelatin to make a creamy and delicious treat. There are lots of different cherry cheesecake recipes and some use cherry pie filling on top but this one, with its cherry gelatin, is both easy and very tasty.

Cherry Cheesecake Italian Style
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
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  • 1 readymade 9 inch graham cracker crust
  • 2 lbs ricotta cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 package cherry gelatin
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup cherry coke
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Stir the ricotta with a spatula to get it really smooth, and then add the flour and sugar.
  3. Add the eggs, beating well after each addition, then add the orange zest, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  4. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake it for about an hour and 15 minutes or until the center is quite firm and the cheesecake is light gold in color.
  5. Let it cool on a wire rack.
  6. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, then stir in the cherry coke and leave the gelatin to thicken.
  7. Pour the cherry gelatin over the creamy ricotta cheesecake and leave it overnight in the refrigerator to set completely.

Photo Description:

This delicious looking cherry and ricotta cheesecake looks wonderful and tastes even better. The crumbly graham cracker crust is beautiful with the orange and vanilla flavored ricotta cheese layer. The cherry gelatin finishes this Italian style cheesecake off in style and this is a very appetizing looking cherry cheesecake pie recipe. This cheesecake keeps well for a couple of days in the refrigerator and it is nice served ice cold. Fruity berry flavors like cherry are always great with creamy flavors and textures, so this cheesecake is perfectly balanced, both in terms of flavor and texture.

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