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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Recipe of the Day: Oven-Baked Cassata - Cassata al Forno at Mama Isa's Cooking Classes in Italy

 Oven-Baked Cassata - Cassata al Forno: one of the most typical Easter's pies in Palermo (Sicily)

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MAMA ISA'S CASSATA AL FORNO




INGREDIENTS for Cassata al Forno(serves 8 people):
For the DOUGH (PASTA FROLLA)
600 g Wheat Flour (Farina 00)
200 g sugar
200 g unsalted butter at room temperature for hand mixing
4 egg yolks (organic)
5 tablespoons of Marsala secco wine
1 lemon, zested
a pinch of salt

For the filling
800 g fresh sheep milk ricotta cheese
400 g sugar
150 g chocolate chips
150 g candied orange peel sliced, finely chopped

icing sugar and cinnamon in powder for the surface

Preparation
Prepare the dough“pasta frolla”:
In a large bowl mix together the wheat flour, sugar, and salt. Make a hole in the center and insert the butter, egg yolks, Marsala wine and lemon zested. Mix quickly to form a dough. Wrap in a sheet of plastic wrap and store in fridge for about half an hour.

Prepare the filling:
Minimum 2 hours before making the dough, in a large cup mix the sheep ricotta cheese with sugar until it's completely melted. Cover and put in fridge for 1-2 hours.
Then combine the chocolate chips and the chopped candied orange and mix very well.


Grease with unsalted butter and flour a tart pan (diameter of 22-24 cm).
Flour the work surface, divide the dough in half and spread with a rolling pin to a height of 1 ½ cm.
Cover the pan with the pastry.
Pour the filling in the center and level. Iron out the remaining pastry and cover the surface of the cake.
Bake at 180° C for 35-40 minutes, until the colour is golden brown.
Once baked and cooled (at least 40 minutes), invert on serving platter and sprinkle with icing sugar and cinnamon powder.

Buon Appetito!!!!!!

Recipe of the day: Cassata al forno in Mama Isa's style
Oven-baked Cassata in Mama Isa's style

 And if you want learning how to make the real "Cassata al forno" in Italy, take a cooking class at Mama Isa's Cooking Classes in Italy near Venice, of course!!!! Book a pastry class now. Click here


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