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Lemon Ricotta Cake

Lemon & Ricotta Cake

Ricotta cheese is a very versatile ingredient to have in the kitchen, as it works equally well in sweet and savory applications. Of course, while I love a classic ravioli, I happen to be partial to the sweeter side of things and often use ricotta in my desserts. I particularly like it in cheesecakes, where it creates a lighter, fluffier finished product than a recipe ... Read More »

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake brownies are always a crowd pleaser because they combine two desserts into one delicious bite – and one delicious bite that you can pick up and pop into your mouth, rather than having to eat with a knife and fork. It’s a win-win dessert. I’ve been making cheesecake brownies for years and, while I’ve made variations on my basic cheesecake brownie many times to ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Souffles

Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Souffles

Souffles are a fun dessert to make when you feel like baking something a little bit fancy, because many souffle recipes are not difficult to execute and they look very impressive when they’re done. One of my favorite souffle recipes is for my Yogurt Cheesecake Souffles, which capture the flavor of a cheesecake in a much lighter package. Cream cheese and yogurt aren’t the only ... Read More »

Cannoli Pie

Cannoli Pie

Cannoli are a classic Italian dessert. A basic cannoli is a tube-shaped, deep fried pastry shell that is filled with a sweetened ricotta cheese mixture. They have a great combination of flavors and crisp and creamy textures. They originated in Sicily, but have a huge fan base in Italian communities all over the world. The problem with cannoli is that it can be difficult to ... Read More »

What is ricotta cheese?

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Ricotta cheese is a fresh cheese with creamy, fine textured curds that is very commonly used in many types of recipes, from savory pasta dishes to decadent cheesecakes. The name “ricotta” translates to “recooked.” The cheese gets its name because it is made with the whey leftover from other cheesemaking processes, which is recooked with an acid until the proteins left in the whey come ... Read More »

Chocolate Ricotta Icebox Cake

Chocolate Ricotta Icebox Cake

An icebox cake gets its name from the fact that this is not a cake that is baked, but one that sets up in the refrigerator – a.k.a. the icebox, hence the name. The cakes are usually made with a mousse-like mixture that is stacked with layers of crisp cookies, like chocolate wafer cookies or graham crackers, and left to setup and meld together in ... Read More »

Ricotta Cheesecake Slice with Lemon Shortbread Crust

Ricotta Cheesecake Slice with Lemon Shortbread Crust

Many cheesecakes, made only with cream cheese, have a dense and creamy texture. This makes the cheesecakes feel indulgent, but you don’t always want a dessert that feels so heavy. One way to lighten up a cheesecake is by adding ricotta cheese. By blending the ricotta with cream cheese, you still get a good cream cheese flavor but with the much lighter texture of the ... Read More »

Ricotta and Cream Cheese Tiramisu

Ricotta and Cream Cheese Tiramisu, with bite!

Tiramisu is traditionally made with ladyfingers dipped in coffee that are layered with a rich mascarpone cream. I like it because I love the coffee element of the dessert, and I also like the fact that it is so easy to put new flavor variations on it that it’s hard to get stuck in a rut with it. Rum and marsala wine often appear in ... Read More »

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