Italian Easter Cheesecake

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This is an old family recipe and Easter tradition.

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  • add   2 eggs
  • add   3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • add   4 teaspoons butter
  • add   1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • add   3 cups flour
  • add   1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • add   3 lbs ricotta cheese
  • add   2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • add   1 cup sugar
  • add   1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • add   1 cup sugar
  • add   6 eggs
  • add   1/4 cup cold water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add eggs to cheese and mix in sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon juice.Set aside.
  3. Mix crust ingredients till they come together.
  4. Divide dough so 2/3 is in one ball and 1/3 is in another ball. On a lightly floured board, roll out the larger ball until it is about 12" long and 16" wide.Very carefully place the dough in a 9" x 13" glass baking dish.If it crumbles or cracks, that's okay.Just press it together with your fingers.Trim any dough hanging over the edges and hold in reserve.
  5. Pour filling into the crust and dot with the 4 pats of butter.
  6. Roll out the remaining dough and cut into long strips.Criss-cross the dough in a wide lattice formation over the top of the filling.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until golden brown and a knife inserted in the cheese comes out clean.
  8. Serve at room temperature.