Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes plus chilling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12 servings
â€¢1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
â€¢3 tablespoons sugar
â€¢1/3 cup butter, melted
â€¢2 cartons (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
â€¢1 cup sugar
â€¢3 eggs, lightly beaten
â€¢2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
â€¢1 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢Hot Cherry Sauce, optional
â€¢In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
â€¢ Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until crust is lightly browned around the edges. Cool on a wire rack.
â€¢ In a large bowl, beat ricotta cheese on medium speed for 1 minute. Add sugar; beat for 1 minute. Add eggs; beat just until combined. Beat in flour and vanilla. Pour into crust.
â€¢ Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Serve with Hot Cherry Sauce if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.