This is one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had – no lie.
The only problem with this cake is that we didn’t bring home any leftovers 🙂 Oh, and I guess the fact that the crust didn’t go as high as the cake might be another minor infraction. I think next time I’ll keep it strictly on the bottom…no need for it on the sides anyway.
barely adapted from Fine Cooking
2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
3 tablespoons sugar
7 tablespoons butter, melted
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons AP flour
pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4 eggs, at room temperature
confectioners’ sugar, for garnish
Position oven rack to middle of oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Stir cookie crumbs and 3 tablespoons sugar together in a bowl, then mix in melted butter until crumbs get slightly clumpy. Transfer to a 9 inch springform pan and press evenly along the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of the pan (like I said, I’ll probably just cover the bottom next time). Use a plastic bag or wrap to press gently. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until slightly brown. Let cool on a rack. Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees.
Put paddle attachment on stand mixer. Mix cream cheese, ricotta, flour and salt on medium speed, scraping sides of bowl frequently, until very smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Make sure cheese has no lumps. Add sugar and beat until well blended and smooth.
Add chocolate chips, orange zest and vanilla. Beat until just combined, about 30 seconds. Add eggs, one at a time, also beating until just blended. Do not overbeat. Pour filling into cooled crust and smooth top.
Bake for about 55-65 minutes. The sides will be puffy and the center will look soft and jiggle. Set on rack and cool completely. Cover and refrigerate, at least 8 hours and up to 3 days. (it can also be frozen at this point for up to one month…see original recipe for freezing tips)
Unclasp and remove side of pan and run a long, thin spatula under the crust. Slide onto flat serving plate carefully (or leave it on the bottom of the springform pan like I did!). Garnish with confectioners’ sugar. Dip knife in warm water before cutting each slice, wiping inbetween cuts.