My Blood Orange Ricotta & Mascarpone Cheesecake is perfect for the holiday season.
I remember my first encounter with blood oranges, we were in Rome and it was Christmas day, and had gone down to breakfast in our hotel before heading out to the Vatican to see Pope John Paul.
It was a continental breakfast with delicious pastries, cheese, fruit and of course juice. I decided to start with juice and the offerings were a reddish juice that assumed was pink grapefruit, and a normal orangish juice, that I of course assumed was orange juice.
After tasting what I thought was orange juice, I knew had made a mistake because it was grapefruit juice, and when I questioned our server, I was told the other red tinged juice was, in fact, blood orange juice. It was love at first taste!
After all these years, I still wait for blood oranges to come into season, they’re available in the US from November to May and are grown in Texas and California, the cooler fall and winter nights help develop the distinct maroon color.
The varieties grown in the US seem to vary in sweetness, but It really doesn’t matter to me if they’re not as sweet as I remember, because the memories are…..sigh
The best blood orange juice I ever had was in Pompeii from a little cart where it was freshly squeezed while we waited, it was so good I went back for more. So you see even if our blood oranges aren’t as sweet as those grown in Italy, my memories add more sweetness to them!
This year’s blood oranges proved to be a little on the tart side, but the color was beautiful and having bought more than I would eat, I knew I had to come up with a good use for the remainder. It really was an easy decision, they would be a wonderful addition to a ricotta cheesecake!
The tart-sweet orange with its hints of raspberry would be the perfect compliment to my ricotta cheesecake, and the color of the blood oranges would be a delicious contrast from the pale creamy color of the cheesecake!
Ricotta cheesecakes are not for everyone, and honestly, I do still enjoy a New York style cream cheese cheesecake, but every now and then I miss that flavor and texture of a good ricotta cheesecake!
I find that by using mascarpone it smooths out the texture and adds some richness to the dessert. Feel free to use cream cheese if you can’t find mascarpone it will still be a delicious alternative to the New York style cheesecake.
But I promise you’re friends and family will love my Blood Orange Ricotta & Mascarpone Cheesecake!
This is an absolutely gorgeous dessert! Beautiful use of your product. I first heard of blood oranges when my fiance was a line cook at One if by Land in NYC, he would come home with stories of blood orange vinaigrette, blood orange sorbet, blood orange beet chutney and blood orange granite. I’ve been hooked ever since, but have never tried it in a ricotta cheesecake. Sounds like the balances of textures and flavors are exquisite. When I can have cheesecake again, this is the recipe to indulge in. Congratulations on a well deserved Top 9 Chef Dennis. Have a good one! =]
I don’t normally comment on ‘dessert’ posts because I don’t bake and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but this stopped me dead in my tracks. It not only promises to be delicious, it’s gorgeous to look. Way to go, Dennis!
i’ve never even heard of ricotta cheesecake! sounds like it would be lighter than the normal (too dense for me) cheesecake. gotta try this!!
Megan @ Pip and Ebby
Blood oranges are so beautiful. I always get excited when they are in season, too. And I can honestly say that I have never tried a ricotta cheesecake. Sounds intriguing!!
The recipe is just wonderful for the crust and expecially the cheese cake. i love it .. with greek
yogart omg that is awsome lower fat and sugar as well as calories.. cant wait to try it..
Gursahiba @ Exquisite Niche
This is absolutely a cracker! I love the oranges, ricotta and cheese cake!! YUm!!
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This looks delicious AND amazing! I love ricotta based cheesecake, so light and the addition of blood orange sets it off beautifully. Excellent post!
Jessica @ Cajunlicious
This is beautiful and sounds so delicious!
This another gorgeous cheesecake from you. I love the Blood orange topping which pairs well with the cheesecake.
Congrats on the Top 9 today!
I just found blood oranges in Indy last year!!! So delicious…as must be your gorgeous cake. We’re having thunderstorms at 7 AM here….55º, wind and torrential rains. Crazy for January! Have a great day and congrats on the Top 9!
Sandra's Easy Cooking
Piece of art..very beautiful and delicious at the same time! I love your photos! Congrats on well deserved top 9!!!
Chef Dennis this is really amazing. Like to die for. I just scored some myself and could not wait to use them. Mine were a touch more bitter too so maybe it’s an off season or something. I hope not. I must try this out. It’s really breathtaking.
This cake is just gorgeous, Chef!! I love how vibrant the oranges are! And I love ricotta cheesecakes!
I love ricotta cheesecake. I think this will be a sure step up! Thanks for sharing the great idea! And, no matter how mild the winter has been up till now, it is still painful when it strikes back.
Another beauty. I love blood oranges, and I can’t wait to try adding them to a cake. Sorry I’ve been a bit absent lately. I’m try to get into the swing of a new work schedule. Please know that you and your blog are some of my favorite parts of the week. I hope you are having a delicious day!
I have never eaten one coz it is not available in Malaysia, but from the way you described it, it must be good…tart sweet orange with its hint of raspberry…mmmm I am sure I would love it if I can hold of it here 🙂 Thanks Chef for sharing another winner with us . Have a nice day!
wok with ray
Those slices of blood oranges are just amazingly beautiful and vibrant. Thank you for sharing this post, Chef! 🙂
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
I have never tried a blood orange before. You make them sound good though, I am going to have to see if I can find them!!
Those sliced oranges almost look like flowers. Just gorgeous.
Emily Malloy @Cleanliness
You rock my world. Seriously. Amazing.