- 7" springform pan
1/3 cup granola
1 15 oz crtn whole milk ricotta cheese
or skim milk ricotta cheese 1 3 oz pkg cream cheese
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs -- lightly beaten
1/4 cup sour cream
or plain yogurt 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1/2 cup golden raisins
**garnish choices** raspberries sliced fresh fruit shaved chocolate anise seed
6 to 8 This cheesecake may seem small, but it is quite rich and can easily serve
8. Most of the raisins siink to the bottom, but no one seems to mind.
7" springform pan, or an
8" one that fits comfortable into your pressure cooker with about an inch to spare between the pan and the sides of the cooker. Have the ingredients at room temperature before you begin.
2 feet long by
1 foot wide and double it twice len gthwise to create a strip for lifting the hot pan from the cooker. Set aside.
7" springform pan with
1 large sheet o f aluminum foil so that no water can seep in. Liberally butter the pan and dis tribute the granola, tilting and shaking the pan to coat the bottom and sides. Set aside.
15 seconds. Add the eggs, sour cream, flour, and lemon zest, and process for 5 seconds. Scrape down the bowl and process for another
5 seconds. Stir in the raisins. Pour into athe prepared pan. cover with buttered aluminum foi l so that the foil fits tightly around the sides, but allows some room on top f or the cheesecake to expand.
Set a trivet or rack on the bottom of the cooker. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of water. Center the pan on the foil strip and gently lower it into the cooker. Loosel y fold the ends of the foil strip over the top of the dish.
20 minutes. Turn off the heat and l et the pressure drop naturally, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the lid, tiltin g it away from you to allow any excess steam to escape.
Let the cheesecake cool for a few minutes before removing it from the cooker wi th the aid of the foil stirp. Set on a cooling rack, remove the foil, and let cool to room temperature. If not serving the same day, refrigerate or freeze u ntil needed.
Before serving, release and remove the sides of the springform pan. Serve from the base of the springform pan, garnish as deisred.
3 days and in the freezer for 3 months. It does beautifully either way. Add toppings just before serving.
Author's Note: When you remove the aluminum foil cover after steaming, there m ay be a small puddle of water on the top of the cheesecake. Just sop it up gen tly with a paper towel. If the cake is not quite set in the center, it will fi rm up upon cooling.
Serving Suggestions: Serve this light and delicious cake at room temperature, a few hours after you make it. It firms up and becomes somewhat denser with ov ernight chilling -- an appealing alternative. To appreciate the subtle lemony flavor, serve plain. For a more colorful version, garnish the top with raspber ries or sliced fresh fruit, or a sprinkling of shaved chocolate or anise seeds.