Though there are many individual regional cuisines in Italy, northern and southern Italian cuisines are primarily differentiated by the cooking fat and style of pasta commonly used. Northern Italian cuisine (other than on the coast) favors butter, cream, polenta, Mascarpone, Grana Padano, and Parmigiano cheeses, risotto and fresh egg pasta. Southern Italian cuisine tends toward Mozzarella, Caciocavallo and Pecorino cheeses, olive oil and dried pasta. Southern Italian cuisine also makes greater use of the ubiquitous tomato.
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup Grand Marnier or cognac
32 ounces ricotta cheese
6 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
Grease and flour one 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
Place the raisins in a small bowl. Cover with Grand Marnier and allow to macerate. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Meanwhile, beat the ricotta cheese with an electric beater until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Then add the sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and zest. Fold in the raisins and pine nuts.
Pour batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake until cheesecake is golden, and firm in the middle—about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Serve warm.
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