Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 65 minutes plus chilling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12 servings
â€¢3 cartons (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
â€¢1-1/2 cups sugar
â€¢1/2 cup all-purpose flour
â€¢3 teaspoons vanilla extract
â€¢2 teaspoons grated orange peel
â€¢7 eggs, lightly beaten
â€¢1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
â€¢1/4 cup chopped pistachios
â€¢Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan; set aside.
â€¢ In a large bowl, beat ricotta cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the flour, vanilla and orange peel. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into prepared pan; sprinkle with chocolate chips. Place in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
â€¢ Bake at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
â€¢ Refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with pistachios. Yield: 12 servings.