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Monday, 5 November 2007

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.

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