Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Salute American Vodka & Orange Vanilla Ricotta Cheesecake

Salute American Vodka the first dollar sold is donated directly to organizations that serve veterans and other American heroes in their pursuit of an education, career success, and other American dreams. This is a product for Better Brands Beverages Company located in Rochester, NY and made in the USA with wheat and corn and a very mild heat as it goes down.
My Opinion: This is a great cause to help those veterans who may need along with being made in the USA creating jobs as well. The flavor is nice and the bottle is very attractive.
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Orange Vanilla Ricotta Cheesecake

For the crust:
1 1/4 cups pecan shortbread cookie crumbs, from about 11 cookies
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), melted, plus more for coating the pan
For the filling:
2 pounds good-quality ricotta cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons packed orange zest (from about 1 medium orange)
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
For the topping:
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/3 cup vodka

For the crust:
Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with butter.
Place the cookie crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Place the crumb mixture in the prepared pan and, using a measuring cup, press it evenly into the bottom. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Cool completely on a wire rack.
For the filling:
Place the ricotta in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the sugar and flour and pulse until well incorporated, about 10 (1-second) pulses, then scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the motor running, add the eggs and egg yolks one at a time until well incorporated. Add the vanilla, orange zest, and salt and blend until just incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan/crust and smooth the top.
Bake until the center of the cheesecake is set and the edges are golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove to a wire rack and let cool.
For the topping:
Place the marmalade and vodka in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, simmer, and reduce the sauce by half, about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly (about 5 minutes) and pour over the cooled cake. Let set before cutting, at least 15 m
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