This is an Italian take on cheesecake, only so much richer. It was always served by my grandma at Christmas, and it's the perfect dessert to end a holiday meal!

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Beat the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla together in a mixing bowl until light colored and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Pour in the milk and cream; continue beating to make a smooth mixture. Stir in the ricotta cheese and cherries until evenly blended. Pour into the pie shells.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C), and bake until set, about 50 minutes more. Cool on racks. When pies are completely cool, dust with confectioners' sugar, and decorate by placing 1 whole cherry in the center of each pie.

Nutrition Facts

353.9 calories; 11.8 g protein; 31.5 g carbohydrates; 132.2 mg cholesterol; 241.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2008
I made this for easter and instead of using cherries I used a can of crushed pineapple What a fabulous pie!!! My husband has requested it for his birthday instead of cake!!! Top it with some whipped cream and strawberries...I think I'll do that next!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/24/2007
I halfed this recipe and served it at a Christmas party with friends. The ricotta made a very nice texture with good flavor but we did not care too much for the candied cherries. I think it would be just fine without them. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/24/2007
I halfed this recipe and served it at a Christmas party with friends. The ricotta made a very nice texture with good flavor but we did not care too much for the candied cherries. I think it would be just fine without them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2008
I made this for easter and instead of using cherries I used a can of crushed pineapple What a fabulous pie!!! My husband has requested it for his birthday instead of cake!!! Top it with some whipped cream and strawberries...I think I'll do that next!! Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2010
This pie was nice for something different to make for the holidays. I followed the directions as they were except I omitted the candied cherries. It came out really well my family really liked it. The lemon flavor was really a nice touch because without it the pie wouldn't have had much flavor. Read More
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