- Prep time
- 20 minutes PT20M
- Cook time
- 1 hour, 30 minutes PT30.016666666667M
- 1 cheesecake
Made with rich ricotta cheese, fresh berries and a gluten-free cookie crust, this delectable dessert is a springtime showstopper.
- 14 ounces crunchy, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies
- 2 ounces melted butter
- 6 large eggs
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 30 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 6 ounces crème fraîche
- 1 basket fresh blueberries
- 1 basket fresh blackberries
- 1 basket fresh raspberries
- Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Crush the cookies in a food processor, then combine with melted butter. Press cookie crust into a greased springform pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool at room temperature.
Separate eggs. Add sugar and vanilla to the yolks and whip until thick and light yellow, about 1 minute. Add ricotta and zest and whip on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes; be careful not to overmix.
Beat the whites on high speed with a mixer until they hold stiff peaks. Then fold the whites into the ricotta mixture and scrape into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, until the cake is deep golden brown and the sides begin to pull away from the pan. Once done, transfer to a rack and let cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving, at least 6 hours and up to 1 day.
To finish, spread crème fraîche on top of the cheesecake, arrange berries in alternating circles and dust with confectioners' sugar.
Techniques used in this recipe:
- fold in
fold in: to combine delicate ingredients such as whipped cream or beaten egg whites with heavier ingredients by using gentle up-and-down circular motion with rubber spatula or wire whisk.
- bake blind
- Partially or completely bake an unfilled pastry crust.
- crème fraîche
(French) Heavy cream cultured to give it a thick consistency and a slighty tangy flavor; used in hot preparations since it is less likely to curdle when heated than sour cream or yogurt.
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Icewine got its name because it is made from very ripe frozen grapes. As the frozen grapes are pressed, the sweet, high-acid, concentrated juice is separated from the ice. Icewine is high in both sweetness and acidity - drinking it is out of this world!