Plums, plums, and more plums

Plums are fruits of love with corresponds for: Abundance, good luck, happiness, healing, and youth.

I picked the last of our plums, and while I really love the plum cake recipe, (look for it in 2024 Llewellyn's Witches Digest) I wanted to make something different.

I took stock of what I had on hand and after discovering a box of cream cheese and an unopened carton of ricotta, I decided to make a cheesecake.

Plum Cheesecake

You will need:

For the crust

a 9 inch springform pan

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

6 Tablespoons almond flour

6 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 Tablespoons heavy cream

For the cheesecake

28 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese

8 ounces cream cheese

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 or so ripe plums, halved and seeded, if the plums are large, cut into quarters

Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour graham cracker crumbs, almond flour, and sugar into springform pan and stir together. Mix in butter and cream and press mixture into the bottom of pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.

Beat together cream cheese, ricotta, and eggs until smooth. Mix in sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Spread batter over crust and press plumbs into the top in a spiral pattern. Bake for 80 to 90 minutes. The center should slightly jiggle. Serve chilled.