Apricot Ricotta Cheesecake

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Apricot Ricotta Cheesecake: This light and fluffy Ricotta Cheesecake is sweetened with honey and packed with delicious chunks of apricots.

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Welcome to *unintended* Ricotta week. Ricotta Cake on Monday and Ricotta Cheesecake on Wednesday. Not too shabby.

You know how it’s summer and 80+ degrees out there? And you know how you can get a nice, sweet tan if you linger around the sun’s warm rays? Well. Not me! I’m the gal that went to the tanning booth, instead.

I normally do not fake and bake, EVER, buuuut I have this amazing weekend coming up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and because I am white as a ghost (no, I really am), I thought why not pay a visit to the good ol’ L.A. Tan!
Don’t worry, I don’t play around – I requested the Ross-booth. “Friends” fans, you know what I’m talkin’ about.

So there I was, laughing hysterically the entire 3-4 minutes that I was in there. All I could think about was Ross. I laughed out loud and because of that, I have to go back to the booth tomorrow. Apparently, you’re supposed to keep a straight face to avoid untanned, white smile lines around your mouth and eyes. HA!

Apricot Ricotta Cheesecake | www.diethood.com |This light and fluffy Ricotta Cheesecake is sweetened with honey and packed with delicious chunks of apricots. | #recipe #cheesecake #nationalcheesecakeday

In other news. Did you know that today is National Cheesecake Day? Yeah, it is! For that reason, I think we’re obligated to treat ourselves to this creamy deliciousness I like to call Apricot Ricotta Cheesecake.

IF I was A food, I’d definitely want to be celebrated as a cheesecake. Sweet, smooth, layered and creamy – yep, I want to be a cheesecake. And according to the list below, a gazillion, fantastic food bloggers agree with me! We all came together on this day to celebrate our undying love for Cheesecake.

This recipe is much like any other cheesecake recipe, however, I made a couple of swaps to keep it on the lighter side of things. It’s still bikini season – almost impossible to cover up the bulge, thus I’ve been messing around lately, looking to lighten up everything under the sun, and somehow things are working out. In fact, happy to report, things are turning out deliciously!

Apricot Ricotta Cheesecake | www.diethood.com |This light and fluffy Ricotta Cheesecake is sweetened with honey and packed with delicious chunks of apricots. | #recipe #cheesecake #nationalcheesecakeday

Taking this sweet stuff out of your oven will have your heart singing and toes curling. It’s creamy, dreamy, and you have to wait 8 hours before you can bite into it.

I served this cheesecake with a handful of dried apricots on top, some sliced almonds on top of those, and a whole lotta honey all over!

ENJOY!

Apricot Ricotta Cheesecake

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WW Freestyle: 16
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
This light and fluffy Ricotta Cheesecake is sweetened with honey and packed with delicious chunks of apricots.
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 Serves
Calories: 219

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 2 cups finely ground Graham Crackers
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted

For the Cheesecake

  • 1 package (8-ounces) Fat Free or Low Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Light Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2- cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots

For Garnish

  • Whole dried apricots
  • Sliced almonds
  • Honey

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
  • Combine ground graham crackers and melted butter In a 9-inch springform pan; shape the crust into an even layer on the bottom of the pan and press it about 1-1/2 inches up the sides.
  • Set aside.
  • In your mixer's bowl, combine cream cheese and ricotta; beat until creamy and smooth.
  • Add eggs and honey; continue to beat until thoroughly combined.
  • Beat in corn starch and vanilla until incorporated.
  • Fold in chopped apricots.
  • Pour the mixture into previously prepared crust.
  • Bake for 32 to 35 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and firm, but center is soft.
  • Remove from oven and let completely cool.
  • Refrigerate over night.
  • Garnish with apricots, sliced almonds and honey.
  • Serve.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD
 
Nutrition Facts
Apricot Ricotta Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 165mg7%
Potassium 234mg7%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 610IU12%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 Responses
  1. Carla

    What a coincidence – I have ricotta in the fridge right now *and* I love cheesecake. I don’t bake often with apricots, which is a shame because this cheesecake is gorgeous!

  2. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Katerina, this cheesecake is gorgeous! I love how light and fluffy you got the texture and how it’s absolutely studded with delicious apricots. Beautiful!

  3. Consuelo - Honey & Figs

    This cheesecake is all over my pinterest feed which makes me want to cry all.the.time because it is ot in my mouth :'( Gaaaaah it looks so amazing! Ricotta anything is a winner and apricots are simply fab!
    If I was a food I’d want to be cheesecake too 😉

  4. Ala

    Ricotta–love your subs so much! I’ve only ever made run of the mill cheesecake so I love the idea of options…and apricots, of course! What a wonderful way to celebrate today with ya!

  5. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    This is gorgeous! It also sounds like of like breakfast. I can eat this for breakfast, right? Apricots, almonds, honey. I mean it’s practically granola.

  6. Angela {Mind Over Batter}

    This is the best day ever. They should just rename today “Plant your face in cheesecake” day. Never thought of using apricots in cheesecake, but your photos are so beautiful I need to try it!

  7. Crystal | Apples & Sparkle

    Dreamy and decadent – and lightened up! Amazing, I love apricots and ricotta, gotta try this! : )

  8. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    You know I can’t stop laughing now! Ross-booth :))) I hope you don’t get tanned with laughing lines on your face.
    Thanks for sharing this cheesecake recipe Kate! It’s so pretty and love the dried apricots!

  9. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    It’s national cheesecake day? Like I even need an excuse to go make this beauty right now. Sounds and looks incredible Kate!

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