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Welcome in the New Year with a Chocolate Cassola

By Marialiberati

Copyright 2017 Art of Living, PrimaMedia,Inc/Maria Liberati

Welcome in  the New Year with a Chocolate Cassola

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!” Brad Paisley

If you haven;t figured out a dessert yet for your New Year’s Celebrations ,here is a simple yet yummy one…it just happens to be one  of my favorite desserts to make anytime of the year is Cassola.. it really exemplifies Italian simplicity and elegance..and I have published this recipe before but this version has nutella and chocolate in it.

Cassola is traditionally a  Roman-Jewish dessert.. the main ingredient is fresh ricotta cheese…  Simple, sweet and delicious as all Italian dishes are, this one only has 6 ingredients and is easy for even the novice cook to whip up. The trick to its’ creamy consistency is using freshly ricotta.  Fresh ricotta is creamy, and smooth, and almost nothing like it’s factory made version.

Cassola Cioccolata (chocolate cassola)

*2 pounds freshly made  ricotta cheese

*5 whole eggs

*1 1/3 cups sugar

*4 tblsps of nutella

* 1 tblsp powdered cocoa

*1/2 fresh vanilla bean, ground

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place ricotta cheese in a  food processor and blend until smooth. In another bowl, place in eggs, sugar, ground vanilla bean, cocoa, nutella. Beat until a  smooth and creamy mixture.  Place into ricotta (already in food processor) about 2 tablesponns at a time.

Butter the bottom of 9 1/2 inch springform pan, then continue to  line with parchment paper. Pour in mixture and place into the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes. When finished the outer edges will be firm but inside will be a bit soft and will not be firm. Turn off oven when done and continue to leave in oven for 15 minutes. Open oven door and let cool for 15 minutes in oven. This dessert can be eaten warm or cool.

For more traditional Italian Holiday recipes get your copy of the Award Winning Book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition

Welcome in  the New Year with a Chocolate Cassola

January 19th- 7:30-9PM at Altomonte’s Italian Market and Bakery in Doylestown, Pa- DaVinci Style Dinner, Cooking Demo, wine sampling from the book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: DaVinci Style. registration is limited, call 215-4389-889 to register. $85 includes a 4 course dinner and wine sampling

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