Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cheesecake


  • Makes12 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup icing sugar

  • 2 475-mL tubs extra-smooth ricotta, (4 cups)

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided

  • 6 eggs, separated

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

  • icing sugar, for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease a 10 in (25 cm) springform pan.

  • In the container of a food processor, or by hand with a pastry blender, combine the flour, butter and icing sugar until it forms a uniform crumbly mixture. Press firmly and evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or just until lightly browned all over. Remove from oven.

  • Lower the oven temperature to 325°F (160°C).

  • In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the ricotta cheese for about 2 minutes or until fairly creamy. Gradually beat in 1 cup (250 mL) of the sugar, then add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add the flour, cornstarch and vanilla, then beat until fluffy and thoroughly combined — about 2 or 3 minutes — scraping down the sides once in a while.

  • In another large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until slightly foamy. Continue to beat, adding the remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar a spoonful at a time, until stiff but still glossy. Gently fold about a quarter of the egg whites into the ricotta mixture, then fold in the remaining egg whites. Take care not to deflate the mixture — better a few streaks of white than to over-mix. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips, fold with a spatula to mix, then pour into the prepared, crust-lined pan. Wrap the bottom of the pan in foil or place on a pizza pan to prevent leaks, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until puffed in the middle but still slightly jiggly when you shake the pan. Let cool completely, then refrigerate until cold.

  • To serve, run a knife around the edge of the springform pan to loosen, then carefully remove the upper pan. With the pan bottom still underneath, transfer the cake to a serving platter and dust thickly with icing sugar.

This article was originally published on Dec 01, 2008

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