Tequilcello Cheesecake Squares
noviembre 3, 2016
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Position an oven rack in the center. Spray the bottom of a 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with the cooking spray; set aside.
2Break the biscotti into pieces and place them in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Grind the biscotti into fine crumbs. Add in the melted butter and 1 tablespoon of the grated lemon zest and process until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Transfer the crumb mixture into the prepared baking pan and, using your hand, press the mixture evenly and firmly into the bottom (not the sides) of the baking pan. Bake the crust until it is light golden, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.
3In the meantime, bring some water to boil in a kettle. Clean out the food processor bowl and steel blade. Place the ricotta in the work bowl and blend until smooth. Add in the cream cheese and sugar and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in the Tequilcello, vanilla extract, the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon zest and the eggs. Pulse until all the ingredients are completely incorporated.
4Pour the cheese mixture over the cooled crust in the baking pan. Place the baking pan in a large roasting pan. Pour enough of the hot water into the roasting pan so that it comes halfway up the sides of the pan with the cheesecake mixture. Carefully transfer the roasting pan into the oven and place on the center oven rack. Bake until the cheesecake is light golden but the center of the cake jiggles slightly when the pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour (the cheesecake will firm as it cools). Remove the baking pan from the roasting pan and place it on a cooling rack to cool for 1 hour.
5Transfer the cheesecake to the refrigerator and chill it until it is cold, at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.
6To serve, cut the cheesecake into squares with a very sharp knife and wipe the knife between cuts for the cleanest slices. Serve the cheesecake slightly chilled.