karl_lembke (karl_lembke) wrote,

17th century cheesecake

From Life Magazine, a cheesecake that might have been served at the first Thanksgiving dinner at Plymouth Colony.

2/3 cup unbleached white flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
10 tbsp butter
1 egg white
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
1 lb ricotta cheese, fresh
1/2 cup cream
1/2 tsp rose water
1/4 cup dried currants

To make crust, combine flours in a bowl and cut in butter with a pastry fork. Work in egg white with enough water to form a ball of dough.
Roll out dough 1/2 inch thick and press into a 9-inch springform pan.
To make filling, grind almonds in a food processor until fine. In a large bowl, combine with butter and sugar, and work together until smooth. Blend in nutmeg, salt, and egg yolk. When thoroughly combined, add ricotta, cream, and rose water, mix until well blended. Stir in currants.
Spoon filling into crust and bake at 375°F until filling is just set, about 60-70 minutes. Let cool an hour before serving.

There. Now I can throw away that piece of paper.
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