This recipe adapted from Donna Hay will put you in mind of cheesecake. Make that cheesecake, without the fuss. Being gluten free is a bonus. One I’ll happily take~
Using a food processor, this recipe will come together quite fast and furious. It really could not be easier. With the baking time at 20 minutes, the whole thing comes together so effortlessly, you’ll really be impressed with the process and have a show-off dessert.
In fact, this quite delightful dish just might tick all the boxes: quick, delicious, versatile and impressive enough to serve any guest.
Just like most cheesecake, you really could top with it whatever fruit you like. For this first effort I used roasted rhubarb combined with fresh orange – just to change things up. The freshness of the citrus was a nice counterpoint to the baked rhubarb, played off the zest in the batter and added some lightness. You could also try it with balsamic strawberries while strawberries are in season and soon to be at their peak. Who says decadence has to be heavy, laborious or time-consuming!
- 400 grams ricotta cheese
- 125 grams reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1 TBSP rice flour
- 1/3 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp finely grated orange zest
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 325°
- Line a 20 cm x 30 cm pan with parchment paper.
- Add ricotta to the food processor and process for about 1 minute.
- Add cream cheese, flour, sugar, lemon juice & orange zest and process for 2 - 3 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add vanilla & eggs and process until smooth (approx. 2 minutes).
- Add the batter to the baking pan, smoothing it into the corners.
- Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until just set in the middle.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Refrigerate to chill completely before trying to remove the parchment paper.
- Cut into desired sizes and top with your favourite fresh fruit or cheesecake toppings.
- Tip: if you don't have a food processor you could use a stand or hand mixer. Just buy smooth ricotta cheese and mix a little longer!