This is a very traditional recipe for a basic cassata, which is a delicious cake made of a sponge or pound cake shell that is moistened with liqueur, and filled with a sweetened ricotta mixture. You can simply buy the sponge cake or pound cake, or make it from scratch if you have a favorite [...]
Generally after a complete meal, Italians prefer fresh fruit. When they do partake of a dessert however, it is often a small sliver of a nutty, or rich tart such as this ricotta tart with a layer of blueberry jam. Use any variety or flavor of jam you prefer.
This is a really moist, tasty cake that isn’t too sweet. Nice after dinner as a dessert warmed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, for breakfast as a traditional coffee cake.
There are many variations to this recipe, some using a simple dough made of white wine and water while others use a liqueur to flavor, or eggs to lighten the dough. You can roll them in a cinnamon sugar mixture, powdered sugar, or coat them in honey. Other regions serve them with a pastry cream.
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