I’m trialling a fabulous recipe in the Thermomix today. Italian Baked Ricotta Cheesecake – with almonds, chocolate and rum in the filling. Mmmmmm.
It was given to me by some Italian friends many years ago. I haven’t made it for a while but decided to give it a go for Easter lunch tomorrow and convert it for the Thermomix at the same time.
It’s a delicious dessert which I don’t find overly sweet, but still decadent all the same. It’s something a little bit out of the ordinary and very simple to make.
Here’s the recipe.
100g raw almonds
400g plain flour
100g brown sugar
10g baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
250g chopped, chilled butter
60g dark chocolate
1 1/2 tablespoons rum
120g slivered almonds
Place raw almonds into TM bowl. Mill 8-10 secs on Speed 7.
Add flour, brown sugar, and baking powder to the almond meal. Mix 5-8 secs on Speed 4.
Add vanilla, egg and butter to the bowl. Mix 5 secs on Speed 8 until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Set aside mixture in a bowl and chill. (the mixture, not yourself!)
Add roughly chopped chocolate to the clean TM bowl. Chop 2 secs on Speed 7. Set aside.
Add sugar to TM Bowl and turn into caster sugar by mixing for 3 secs on Speed 9.
Add ricotta and rum to sugar and mix for 10 secs on Speed 6.
Add chocolate and slivered almonds and mix on Reverse, Speed 4 for 5 secs – or until almonds and chocolate in incorporated.
Press 1/3 – 1/2 the chilled base mixture into a greased and lined round cake tin. Top with the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle a layer of the base mixture on top of the ricotta – like a crumble topping.
Bake at 180 degrees Celcius for 1 hour. Cool before serving.
I find the recipe makes ample base mixture. I don’t use it all. I find the base is too thick if you use half. It is up to you how thick you make the base and how much crumble mixture you put on top. I’m just wondering as I write whether I could freeze the leftover mixture and use it as a base for something else another time.
I’m looking forward to sharing it with my family tomorrow as we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection together.
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