My husband’s absolute favorite dessert is ricotta cheesecake. I make it as often as possible for larger events, but it’s not a very practical dessert for two people. Even eating a slice a day, not that we should, for a whole week, I’m still not sure we’d be able to consume the whole thing before it starts to spoil. Then, while browsing through the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, I discovered an amazing fact that would forever change our dessert plans. “A 6-inch cake pan holds nearly exactly half the volume of batter as a more standard 9-inch cake pan.”
With my reduced ricotta cheesecake recipe in hand, I set out to find a 6-inch springpan. Not as easy a task as I expected. After searching store shelves for some time, I concluded the only places they were available were on Amazon or my aunt’s kitchen. Luckily, I was gifted one from the latter. I carefully monitored the baking time, knowing half the recipe never actually means half the cook time. My tiny result was delicious and just enough for four, or in our case, two for dinner with leftovers for the next evening. Be advised, you’ll soon be seeing a number of tiny recipes from me in the future, thanks to my great discovery.
Ricotta Cheesecake for Two (Adapted from Food & Wine)
- 1 lb (16 oz) whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1/4 c sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
- 3 large eggs, separated
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Generously butter and flour a 6″ spring pan.
In a large bowl, beat ricotta until there are no more lumps. Add sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and egg yolks and continue beating until smooth and combined.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites on high-speed with the mixer until they hold stiff peaks. Fold the whites into the ricotta mixture. Scrape mixture into prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula.
Bake cake for 1 hour, until the cake is deep golden brown and a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Transfer to the rack to let cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving, at least 6 hours and up to 1 day.
Great idea! Looks so good.
I love ricotta cheesecake, my Mom made one that was delicious. Great you were able to create a smaller version. Looks delicious.
It’s really the only cheesecake I like. Occasionally I’ll go for a bite of regular cheesecake if it’s around, but being able to make this in smaller form is amazing.
My husband is sucker for cheesecake, too! This doesn’t even seem like that difficult of a recipe. Looking forward to trying it out!
It’s not difficult at all Christy! The biggest challenge is making sure your egg whites are really fluffy so the cake is airy. Mine sunk a bit more than I would have liked this time but the taste was certainly there!
You forgot to mention one of the greatest things about this dessert, it’s gluten free! I didn’t realize ricotta cheese cake doesn’t have a crust. This is an amazing discovery. Thank you!
You’re welcome. I’ve seen some recipes that add a bit of flour, I guess to make it a bit cakier, but this one is delicious and light. And yeah, no crust, it’s pretty much just baked ricotta cheese.
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