You have to try this delicious ricotta cheesecake recipe with passionfruit curd, you will love it!
Cheesecake is really an easy dessert to make. There are a few key ingredients that separates it from other cheesecake's out there. One, is the passion fruit curd that I top the cheesecake with. The crust isn’t a graham cracker crust it is a hazelnut shortbread. I love to make my cakes in a kitchen aid stand mixer
If you like this recipe, but want to try one with lemon and grapes, try that one here. The final difference is a thin feuilletine cookie that I place around the cheesecake. The end result is a fantastic cheesecake recipe with passion fruit curd. I hope you enjoy it!
Ricotta Cheesecake with Passion Fruit and Feuilletine
- 1 lb Ricotta fresh
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar (plus 3 tbsp)
- 2 oz creme friache
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 3 eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 cup flour
- 1 cup hazelnut
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 stick butter
- 1 tsp salt
Passion Fruit Curd
- 1/2 cup passion fruit juice ((approx 12-15 fresh))
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 stick butter
- 4 1/2 oz butter
- 4 oz brown sugar
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 6 oz molasses
- 1 tbsp vanilla paste ((option zest, spices, to add more flavor))
- 1 whole egg
- 13 oz flour (sifted)
- 2 oz milk
For the Shortbread
Place butter and sugar in a stand mixer and cream together for 2 minutes. Add salt and mix well. Then add the flours (all purpose and hazelnut) in 3 stages until just blended. Then take the mixture and press into a springform pan or any other baking pan (rectangular. pyrex, square, round etc.., you want about 1/4 inch thick crust.) Place in an 350 degree oven and bake for 20 minutes until blonde light color. Let stand for a few minutes while you make the cheesecake filling.
For the Cheesecake
Place cheeses and sugar in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment whip for 3 minutes. Then add vanilla, and almond mixing on low. Finish with adding the eggs one at a time. Mix until a smooth batter is formed. Finish with the creme fraiche.
I lined a large spring form pan with parchment paper and par baked the pecan shortbread see recipe above, then poured the batter on top. Bake the cheesecake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool to room temperature and then place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
For the Passion Fruit Curd
Place all the ingredients into a small sauce pot and turn on medium low heat. Whisking continually until the curd starts to thicken. Should take about 10 minutes or so.
Strain into a bowl and cool for about 10-15 minutes. Once cooled slightly, pour the curd over the top of the cheese cake and using an offset spatula smooth the top off. Place the cake back in the refrigerator until the curd is set and completely cold.
For the Feuilletine
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together. Add molasses, vanilla bean, egg, and milk. Mix well, scraping the sides. Then add the flour and mix until well incorporated.
Add a few spoonfuls of the batter onto a silicone mat and using a offset spatula spread the batter very thin. Then place in a 350 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes until dry and crisp. Take out and allow to cool completely. Then break up into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Take the pre-baked feuilletine cookie and place 1 cup into a plastic zip lock bag. Using a mallet or your hand crush the cookies into the bag (you don’t want to pulverize them into powder you still want a little texture to them).
Then using a round cookie cutter or a knife cut desired shapes from the cheesecake and take crushed feuilletine and place around the cake. Serve and enjoy!