Sicilian Pineapple Ricotta Cheesecake

December 22, 2013


Sicilian Pineapple Ricotta Cheesecake

Sicilian Pineapple Ricotta Cheesecake


Her name was Anna.   A most beautiful Anna, sturdy around the hips. freckled arms so big and strong.  I loved her the moment I met her.   Her eyesight was failing then, but you would never know it really.   She was a force in the kitchen and I loved to watch her prepare and serve her specialties influenced by her Sicilian heritage.  Weeks before she passed away she could no longer eat, for me this was the most tragic.  I think of Anna quite often.  She made  a version of this lovely cheesecake every year in a large 9 X 13 glassbake dish.  I never did get her recipe for this cake, but I so wanted to create it this year as it has been so very long since I tasted Anna’s cake.

This recipe is close, it is a lovely and light cheesecake, not at all smooth.  It has a rustic texture with a background of custard and pineapple.  Decadent and delicious to finish off a holiday meal or a meal of any sort really.

Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake





  1. How lovely. Sharing a friend and loved one through the dishes one passes along. And I adore ricotta cheesecakes and am so making this. Beautiful!

    Comment by Jamie — December 22, 2013

  2. Oh, I so hope you do! It is not too sweet, really perfect as long as you don’t mind the rustic texture, I love that is a one bowl and also that you can make it gluten free in a snap. Thank you so much for taking the time out to post.

    Comment by wendyread — December 22, 2013

  3. A beautiful story with a superb recipe. I might make this for New Year’s Eve – we are staying home, by choice, and this would be such a treat. Happy Holidays, Wendy – I love when you post.

    Comment by Lizthechef — December 22, 2013

  4. What a lovely story and cheesecake. It reminds me very much of my Mom’s ricotta cheesecake. Have a very happy holiday!

    Comment by Suzanne — December 22, 2013

  5. Lovely.

    Comment by Jenny Hartin — December 22, 2013

  6. OH YUM Wendy. Sounds fabulous…I love the rustic quality and certainly a most unique flavor I’ve never made. Thinking I must. As soon as I get in my own kitchen!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

    Comment by Barbara | Creative Culinary — December 23, 2013

  7. This sounds delicious! Great pictures and a lovely post, I have a real craving for this cheesecake now!

    Comment by Jayne — January 12, 2014

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