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A Ricotta Dessert

A Ricotta Dessert You Will Love

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Dear Lucia:  Any suggestions for a good ricotta dessert?

~ Vitello

Dear Vitello:  I have two suggestions for a ricotta dessert that you will just love.  My very favorite are Sicilian Cannoli.

1  15oz. whole milk ricotta
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 T. finely chopped semisweet chocolate or you can use Nestle Mini Morsels
1/4 teas. cinnamon
3 T. finely chopped candied fruit (optional)
These shells can be found in many supermarkets or markets that carry traditional Italian delicacies.
In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta and sugar until well blended.  Add the rest of ingredients and mix well.  Fill cannoli shells before serving using a pastry bag or small spoon.  Dust the top with confectioners sugar. 
This recipe fills 6 cannoli shells.
Here is another delicious ricotta recipe for Budino di Ricotta (ricotta pudding).
1 cup ricotta ( 8 oz.)
4 T. sweet Marsala wine
1 cup double cream (whipping cream)
1/4 cup super fine sugar
rind of 1 orange (finely grated)
2 cups fresh raspberries
2 1/3 cup candied fruit (optional)
Press ricotta through a sieve into a bowl.  Put candied fruit into ricotta with half of Marsala.  Put the cream, sugar and orange rind in another bowl and whip until the cream is standing in soft peaks. 
Fold whipped cream into ricotta mixture.  Spoon into individual bowls or glasses and top with raspberries.  Chill until serving time.  Sprinkle with remaining Marsala and dust top of each serving with sugar just before serving.  Decorate with orange rind.

Mangia Bene!