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Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Course: Dessert



  • 1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers about 45 wafers
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  • 2 lbs. fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt



  • In a small bowl, combine wafer crumbs, butter, and lemon zest. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.


  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, stir ricotta with a rubber spatula until it reaches an extremely smooth consistency. Add the sugar and flour into the ricotta, mixing thoroughly.
  • Stir in the eggs one at a time. Next add the vanilla, cinnamon, lemon zest, and salt. Mix well. Pour batter into crust.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for about 75-90 minutes at 300 degrees until the cake is a light golden color. When it's ready, the center should be fairly firm, and the point of a sharp knife inserted in the center will come out clean.
  • Cool cake on a wire rack. Cover, and chill until serving time.