orange almond ricotta cheesecake

orange almond ricotta cheesecakeFor this week’s Baked Sunday Mornings baking challenge, we made an orange almond ricotta cheesecake from the Baked Elements cookbook.  I had high hopes for this recipe, and the Baked boys did not disappoint!!  We were definite fans of this cheesecake – the almond really added a great flavor to the cake, and the orange zest lent just a hint of citrusy goodness.  My grandmother used to make ricotta cheesecake, and I don’t ever remember loving it, but this recipe has certainly changed my mind – I would make this again and again.  It was so light and creamy – and not so sweet that you can’t have a slice for breakfast (hint hint) :)

orange almond ricotta cheesecake 2The only minor change I made to the recipe was to leave out the amaretto, only because we didn’t have any and I didn’t feel like going to the liquor store – to compensate, I upped the almond extract to 1 1/2 teaspoons.  I also used homemade ricotta, which I would like to think made the cake extra special :)  Tripling this recipe seemed to work out perfectly.

orange almond ricotta cheesecake 3The cake went beautifully with a cup of coffee sitting out on the deck on our new patio chairs – those yellow chairs make me so happy every time I look at them! It’s the little things… Now, we just have to paint the green parts of the table a more neutral color.  It never ends, huh? :)

To check out the recipe and see what everyone else thought, head over to Baked Sunday Mornings!




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  1. Great looking cake! The crust is beautiful. I like the idea of the ricotta. I will have to try it one day, but try to find a different flavouring…not a fan of almond so much.
    Love the chairs!!

  2. That’s a beauty! My grandmother made what she called Ricotta Pie and this reminded me so much of it! I made my ricotta also…first time for that! Love your patio chairs!

  3. That shot of your patio looks so inviting! This is the first time I’d had Ricotta Cheesecake and I was surprised how light it was. Nice post!

  4. Your cheesecake looks amazing, especially that beautiful, perfect crust! And I know that homemade ricotta has to make it extra special — very impressive!

  5. Ali, your cake seriously looks perfect! I loved this recipe too– what a great surprise. It does look lovely to sit out on your deck with a slice of cheesecake and coffee. :)

  6. solanoskitchen says:

    Thanks guys!

  7. Wow, beautiful cake!

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