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Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

Made with a pasta frolla crust, this rich Sicilian ricotta and marscapone cheesecake is fragrant with combined flavors of Sicily – citrus, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Forget those dense ricotta cheesecakes you’re used to eating – this ricotta cheesecake is rich, creamy, and light.  Whipped egg whites help to make the ricotta less dense.  And although […]

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Ricotta Torte:  Torta di Ricotta

Ricotta Torte: Torta di Ricotta

Whenever I make a dish that has ricotta cheese in it, I reminisce about the time I lived in Sicily.  One evening we had a big gathering of friends and there was a shepherd making fresh ricotta from sheep’s milk in a huge cauldron over a wood fire.  The ricotta was truly sublime and it […]

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Manicotti

Guaranteed, these authentic manicotti are not like the ones you’re used to eating in Italian restaurants.  Manicotti are traditionally ricotta filled crepes, covered in tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese – just like lasagna.  Most manicotti you find on a restaurant menu or in American homes are made with tube-shaped pasta shells, which really […]

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Sicilian Cassata Ricotta Cake: Cassata Siciliana

Cassata is an elaborate Sicilian confection made of sponge cake (pan di spagna), ricotta, marzipan, and candied fruit.  Arguably, one of the most famous desserts of Sicily, second to cannoli.  The same filling used for making cannoli is used for making cassata, which is why some people refer to it as cannoli cake.  Traditionally eaten […]

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Easy Italian Cannoli Cake

Years ago, more like ages ago, I came across a recipe for Italian ricotta cake. It was either in the New York Daily News or the New York Times – I can’t remember which.  Unfortunately, the original newspaper cutout has since disintegrated into the oblivion of other clipped recipes that have ended up who knows […]

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