Ricotta Cheesecake with Citrus Compote

I toast to you Val Barr…

Twenty Six years ago today you performed an act that fatefully changed my life forever. I was about 2 ½ years old and busy smashing mysterious fruit into my backyard fence (so that I could taste the inside) not knowing that one of my favorite people was being born.

See these curls??!? These cheeks?!?!! Do you die? This is Tanya Coe.

If I were in San Francisco right now, we would be sipping on the most perfect elderflower and apricot tea, sitting in your beautifully crafted living room giggling about our future lives. We would go on a long walk and truly appreciate the magic around us. We would be silly and serious. You would scold me for wearing something way too dressy and being overly outgoing EXCEPT when I am around a certain way too cute boy and I can’t speak at all. We would have serious puppy envy. Walk up hills, take in views, choose outfits for Gemma Plum and talk non stop about anything and everything floating through our heads because we are both too nosey to NOT know what the other is thinking at all times.

I would also be stuffing your face with some kind of over the top feast and once you couldn’t eat another bite I would give you this:

This could get complicated. I realize I can be a bit extreme, not everyone would take the time to make their own ricotta  and shortbread for this cheesecake. (Especially when the person you are making it for is 3000 miles away and is not going to eat it.) It is time consuming and completely worth it. But I will save that for another day.

3 Cups Whole Milk Ricotta
5 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
2 TB Flour
1 TB Vanilla
2 TB Orange Blossom Water

6 Shortbread Cookies
2 TB Butter

Bake/Find the prettiest shortbread cookies you can, put them in a Ziploc and smash the hell out of them. Mix in room temperature butter with your fingers and press into the bottom of a springform pan.

Blend all the cheesecake ingredients and pour into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. let cool and refrigerate for a couple hours.
Blood Orange = The Business

Citrus Compote
3 Blood Oranges
2 Grapefruit
1 Tangerine
8 or so Kumquats
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Water
2 TB Orange Blossom Water

Segment the citrus fruits and add to a pot with sugar and waters. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes and then let cool.

Ricotta makes cheesecake delicate and crumbly. It doesn't have the tang that cream cheese lends so the citrus gives it a punch. Its soft and ladylike with a little sass, just like Tanya.

It is completely appropriate for you type out your T.Coe Birthday gushings below.

Mysterious Backyard Fruit

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