Ricotta Cassata

Ricotta Cassata

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From the EatingWell Kitchen

This no-bake take on a Sicilian classic will quickly become part of your dessert repertoire.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ¾ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar, plus extra for garnish
  • ½ ounce semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (1½ tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons amaretto, or other almond-flavored liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1½ tablespoons brandy
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, preferably espresso
  • 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 24 ladyfingers, (3 ounces)


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  1. Whisk together ricotta, ¼ cup confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon chocolate, amaretto and orange zest in a medium bowl until well combined.
  2. Stir together brandy, coffee granules and water in a small bowl. Brush over the flat side of the ladyfingers.
  3. Arrange 6 ladyfingers in a row on a serving plate, flat-side up. Spread with ⅓ of the ricotta mixture. Repeat layering twice. Set the remaining 6 ladyfingers on top, rounded-side up. Dust with confectioners' sugar and sprinkle with the remaining chocolate. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes. Cut crosswise into 4 portions.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 213 calories; 7 g fat(4 g sat); 0 g fiber; 27 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 29 mcg folate; 61 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 299 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 138 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 78 mg sodium; 107 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ other carbohydrate, 1 medium-fat meat

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