Coconut-Ricotta Cheesecake

From: (Stephanie da Silva)

Date: Sun, 8 Aug 1993 23:57:22 GMT

1 3/4 cups flaked coconut
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract or vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 tablesoons all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 8-ounce carton dairy sour cream
1 tablespoon sugar

Toast 1 cup of the coconut in a 350 oven for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring 
occasionally.  Reserve 1/4 cup of the toasted coconut for topping.

Grease bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with softened butter.
Press remaining toasted coconut on the bottom of pan.  Press untoasted
coconut up sides of pan.

For filling, beat the ricotta cheese, cream cheese and coconut extract
till fluffy.  Combine the 1 cup sugar, flour and salt.  Stir into cream
cheese mixture.  Add eggs, all at once, beating at low speed just till
combined.  DO NOT OVERBEAT. Stir in milk.  Turn into crust-lined pan.  
Bake in a 375 oven about 45 minutes or till center appears set.

Meanwhile, combine the sour cream and the 1 tablespoon sugar.  Spread
atop baked cheesecake.  Cool.  Chill.  Garnish with the reserved toasted
coconut.  Makes 12 servings.


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