A few weekends ago, in the first snowfall to hit the New York City area, I actually sat and watched the Food Network for the first time in a long time. I watched Giada De Laurentiis’s show themed around entertaining and she was making a Cannoli Cheesecake in one of her Christmas episodes. Cannoli filling made in the right way is so good. In our annual cousins holiday NYC day this year I hit up the new cannoli stand at Eataly and they were to die for! I wish I bought more! But I digress. The thought of a cannoli flavored cheesecake sounded interesting to me. So of course I put it on my list to try amongst my Christmas cookie recipes this holiday season.
It was actually the first time I ever made a cheesecake! It wasn’t too difficult which was great. So while my traditional sugar cookies were cooling, and I knew I had a few more gifts to wrap, I whipped up the cheesecake I watched being made on tv a few weeks prior.
Marscapone Cannoli Cheesecake
Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis
8 large dry almond-anise biscotti, or your favorite biscotti
4 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1/4 tsp salt
2 8oz packages cream cheese, at room temp
8oz marscapone cheese, at room temp
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
3 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
Italian cherries in syrup, such as Amarena, for serving, optional
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Pulse the biscotti to fine crumbs in a food processor. Drizzle in the butter, add the salt and pulse until the mixture has the texture of wet sand. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, mascarpone and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula. Add the salt, vanilla and lemon zest; beat on medium speed until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.
If the cheesecake cracks (as mine did!), decorate the top with extra biscotti, the fruit sauce or fresh fruit! Enjoy this delicious cheesecake at your next gathering.