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Monday, 5 November 2007

Pasta Sfoglia Ripiena (Stuffed puff pastry)

2 pre-rolled puff pastry sheets
1 Kg ground seasoned Italian sausage
olive oil
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 cup ground Provola (or gouda cheese)
1 cup ragout sauce (your own recipe)
salt and pepper

Pre-heat the to degrees Celsius.
Golden the onion in olive oil and stir fry with the sausage, adjusting with salt and pepper.
Add ragout sauce, let the mix thicken, cool down and set aside.
Unroll the lower layer of pastry out on a baking tray (usually pastry comes interleaved with plastic, which I leave on as baking sheet.)*
Spread ground sausage mixture on pastry to form a flat rectangle, then sprinkle the ground provola cheese on top, leaving some room for the folding edges of pastry.
Unroll the upper layer of pastry and place on top of the ground sausage mixture.
Trim and seal edges carefully.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.
Let it cool and cut in large squared portions. Best served warm

* Beware that puff pastry needs to be kept refrigerated and unrolled chilled. By doing so, you will prevent excessive softening of the texture.

Recipe: Crema di ricotta al caffé (Ricotta & coffee cream)

Sicily is famous for its sweetened ricotta desserts, like the wonderful and elaborate cannoli or the cassata.

Crema di ricotta al caffé is one of the easiest desserts to make : This delicious combination of ricotta and coffee takes just minutes in the food processor. It may be made a day ahead. (In fact, it tastes even better once the flavours have mellowed.)

Ingredients : (serves 6-8)
1/4 cup very strong espresso
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pound high-quality whole-milk ricotta
1/3 cup sugar
unsweetened chocolate powder and coffee beans for decorations.
In a food processor or blender combine the ricotta, coffee or espresso, vanilla and sugar.
Process for 2 minutes until the mix appears smooth.When done, spoon the ricotta mousse into 6-8 small glass goblets or dessert bowls, cover with cling-wrap and refrigerate 8 to 24 hours.
Before serving the cream, sprinkle with some chocolate powder and decorate each bowl with 1 or 2 coffee beans.