It may only be March, but these Limoncello Cheesecake Squares bring a touch of summer to the season! I love the bright yellow of lemon, it's so cheery. And it goes perfectly with creamy soft cheese. I had some leftover Limoncello after making a Raspberry & Limoncello Tart last month, so I wanted to incorporate it into my baking again. This recipe is really easy to follow and quick to make, which is definitely a bonus. The only struggle is waiting for it to cool before you tuck in!
I used a food processor to crush 225g digestive biscuits into crumbs. You could also put them in a bag and bash with a rolling pin. I mixed in the zest of half a lemon (the other half of the lemon zest will be used later).
I melted 85g butter, mixed it into the biscuits, and pressed the mixture into a greased and lined baking tray.
I baked it on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 10 minutes, then left it to cool completely.
I whisked up 340g ricotta cheese and 225g cream cheese. I then whisked in 225g caster sugar.
I added 115ml limoncello, 2 tsp vanilla extract, the zest of 1 1/2 lemons, and 4 eggs (added one at a time) and mixed in well.
I poured the cheesecake into the baking tray over the cooked crust.
I baked it on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 30 minutes. It still had a slight 'wobble' to it.
Once it was fully cool I removed from the tin and cut into squares, I decorated them with a slice of lemon. Store them in the fridge to keep them fresh. They went down really well with my colleagues and I got some great comments on the flavour!
I am entering these into The More Than Occassional Baker's monthly challenge, Alpha Bakes (hosted on alternate months by Caroline Makes). This month the letter is 'S', and these are 'Squares' so hopefully fit the bill!
I am also entering these into Belleau Kitchen's brand new challenge - Simply Eggcellent! I made these squares using 4 free range eggs.
Limoncello Cheesecake Squares
- 225g Digestive biscuits
- 2 Lemons
- 85g Butter
- 340g Ricotta cheese
- 225g Cream cheese
- 225g Caster sugar
- 115ml Limoncello
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 4 Eggs
Use a food processor to crush the digestive biscuits into crumbs. Then mix in the zest of half of one of the lemonsMelt the butter, mix it into the biscuit crumbs, and press the mixture into a greased and lined baking trayBake it on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 10 minutes, then leave it to cool completelyWhisk the ricotta cheese, cream cheese and caster sugar togetherAdd the limoncello, vanilla extract, the zest of 1 1/2 of the lemons, and the eggs (add one egg at a time) and mix in wellPour the cheesecake mixture into the baking tray over the cooked crust. Bake it on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 30 minutesOnce fully cool, remove from the tin and cut into squares, decorate with half a slice of lemon. Store them in the fridge to keep them fresh
Recipe slightly adapted from Liv Life.