Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake is perfect for Spring and your Easter Brunch. It is loaded with Italian whole-milk ricotta cheese, cream cheese and a dollop of sour cream to create a dense yet light cake. The traditional graham cracker crust add a bite of crunch and structure. What makes it scrumptious is the addition of fresh lemon juice and zest. The tangy lemon is balanced with the sweetened ricotta for a lip-smacking balance. Keep it simple with a dusting of powdered sugar and serve with a strong Italian roast coffee.
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 1hour45minutes
Total Time 2hours15minutes
1 1/2cupsgraham cracker crumbs
1/4cup4 tablespoons butter, melted
(2)8 ounce packages (total 16 ounces) cream cheese, softened at room temperature
16ounceswhole milk ricotta cheesedrained 2 hours up to overnight
1/2cuplemon juicefreshly squeezed
1tablespoongrated lemon zest
4large eggslightly beaten
Fresh mint and lemon slices for garnish
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease the inside and bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Place the springform pan on a baking sheet for easier handling and to catch any drips.
In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Pour the melted butter over the top and mix with a spatula until well combined. Press onto the bottom of the springform pan. Bake at 325° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 15 minutes.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the cream cheese, sour cream, ricotta, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and lemon extracts until smooth. Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to combine. Add the beaten eggs, and whisk on low just until combined. Pour filling into the cooled crust.
Bake at 325° for 1 hour 30 minutes or until center is almost set. (It won’t “jiggle” when gently moved). Remove from oven and let the cake cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours or longer. Cover the cake with a paper towel, and cover the paper towel and pan with plastic wrap. The paper towel will help absorb any moisture. Refrigerate overnight. The cheesecake will shrink as it cools.
Run a knife around the edge of the cake if needed, and unmold. Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar. Garnish with mint and lemon slices if desired.