Ricotta Cassata

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

Ricotta Cassata

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons amaretto, or other almond-flavored liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, preferably espresso
  • 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 24 ladyfingers, (3 ounces)


  1. Whisk together ricotta, 1/4 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 1/3 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.


Per serving: 213 calories; 7 g fat (4 g sat, 2 g mono); 92 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 0 g fiber; 90 mg sodium; 105 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 medium-fat meat

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Type of Dish
Desserts, other
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Health & Diet Considerations
Low calorie
Low sodium
Healthy weight
Gluten free
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