I would like to find a ricotta cheesecake recipe. Thank you.
Patricia Simpson, Dunedin
Thomas C. Rizzo Jr. of Largo has a recipe for Patricia to try. This is very easy to make but takes some planning to allow for the draining of the ricotta. I got about ¼ cup of liquid when I drained the cheese. Thomas has some important notes about his recipe. First, use only whole milk ricotta. Low-fat or fat-free products result in a grainy texture and affect the taste. He especially likes fresh ricotta from an Italian deli. Second, don't skip draining the ricotta. It's easy to do and doesn't take long. Lastly, resist the urge to top this cheesecake with anything, like strawberries or cherries. Thomas says traditional ricotta cheesecake doesn't need the extra trimmings. I thought the amaretto taste would be powerful, but it was just the opposite. The almond flavor was very subtle; next time I may add more lemon zest. This would be a nice ending to an Italian meal.
Sheila Standring of Danvers, Mass., was a recent guest at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, where she dined on salmon piccata with angel hair pasta. She would appreciate having the recipe. . . . Geneva Mckinnes of Tampa remembers a pound cake her aunt used to make. She says it included 6 eggs and 7/8 cup butter, less 2 tablespoons. She also said the flour, possibly Swan Down cake flour, was sifted 4 or 5 times. Geneva says it made a very large, moist cake.
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