Orange Ricotta Cheesecake
with Pistachio & Apricot Topping | 8-10 servings
This cheesecake combines the best of both worlds: ricotta from the “light and airy” Italian school and cream cheese from the “dense and creamy” New York camp. Start by making a buttery crust you’ll press into the pan (no rolling!), then pour in a decadent orange-scented filling, bake, and top your show-stopper with colorful pistachio-apricot clusters. It’s the perfect springtime dessert idea for celebrating the season with loved ones.
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(Contains Tree Nuts)
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Bring cream cheese and ricotta to room temperature. Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and dry produce. Zest orange until you have 1 tsp; halve orange. Squeeze juice from one half into a small bowl (save other half for another use). Place 6 TBSP butter in a separate small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until melted, 30-60 seconds.
In a medium bowl, combine panko, melted butter, brown sugar, 2 TBSP white sugar, 2 TBSP flour (you’ll use the rest later), and a pinch of salt until a sandy mixture forms.
Press crust mixture into a thin, even layer in a 9-inch pie plate (it’s ok if some of the crust comes up the sides). Bake on middle rack until beginning to brown, 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
While crust cools, place cream cheese and ricotta in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mix until well combined. TIP: For a smoother cheesecake, use a blender or food processor if you have one. Add ½ cup white sugar; whisk vigorously until well incorporated, 30 seconds. Stir in remaining flour, orange zest, 1 egg (save remaining egg for another use), and a pinch of salt.
Pour filling on top of crust in an even layer. Bake on middle rack until cheesecake is set and edges are golden, 35-45 minutes. TIP: To check if it’s set, give the pan a gentle shake—the center should only give a slight wobble and the edges should be firm. Let cool in pan for at least 1 hour. TIP: Cool on a wire rack if you have one!
Roughly chop pistachios. Add pistachios, apricots, and jam to bowl with reserved orange juice; stir until combined and small clusters form. Top cheesecake with pistachio-apricot clusters and serve. (TIP: Use a sharp knife and wipe between cuts with a wet, hot towel for clean edges.) Store covered in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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