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Ricotta Cheesecake with Coffee and Chocolate
Tortino al caffee e cioccolatto
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1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
2 lbs. ricotta cheese, drained of excess liquid
1/2 cup sugar
8 eggs, separated
½ cup cream
¼ cup espresso or extra strong coffee, cooled
¼ cup coffee liqueur
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 oz.)
Preheat the oven to 325degrees
Make a graham cracker crust by mixing togetherthe melted butter with the crumbs, and sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
Mix together the ricotta, sugar, egg yolks, cream, espresso, coffee liqueur, lemon zest and salt until creamy. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the ricotta mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour onto the prepared crumb crust.
Bake the cake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until just set in the middle. The cake will still seem wobbly, but will be lightly browned and cracked around the edges. Remove the cake from the oven and cool on a rack for 30 minutes. Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6 hours or overnight before running a sharp knife along the edge of the cake and removing the pan. Cut into wedges to serve.
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