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Cassata

You will need to begin this recipe 1-2 days ahead.

You'll need

  • 5
  • eggs
  • 100 gm
  • caster sugar
  • ½ tsp
  • vanilla extract
  • 100 gm
  • plain flour
  • For brushing:
  • almond liqueur, such as amaretto
  • 2 drops
  • green food colouring
  • 500 gm
  • fondant icing (see note)
  • For dusting:
  • icing sugar
  • To serve:
  • cedro, shaved with a peeler (see note)
  • To serve:
  • candied oranges or clementines (see note)
  •  
  • Ricotta filling
  • 450 gm (2¼ cups)
  • ricotta
  • 120 gm
  • caster sugar
  • 1 tsp
  • vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp
  • almond liqueur, such as amaretto
  • 150 gm
  • candied fruit, such as orange, cedro and pear (see note)
  • 50 gm
  • good-quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • Place ricotta into a muslin-lined sieve over a bowl and refrigerate overnight to drain.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Using an electric mixer, whisk eggs for 2 minutes, add sugar and whisk for 10 minutes or until pale and thick enough to form ribbons of mixture. Stir in vanilla, then gently fold through sifted flour. Pour mixture into a 23cm-diameter lined and greased cake pan and bake for 25 minutes or until golden and centre springs back when lightly pressed. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 03
  • For ricotta filling, process drained ricotta, discarding liquid, in a food processor until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla and almond liqueur and blend to combine, then stir through candied fruit and chocolate. Refrigerate until required.
  • 04
  • Halve cake horizontally and brush cut sides with almond liqueur. Spread ricotta mixture evenly over base and sandwich with top. Refrigerate until required.
  • 05
  • Add food colouring to fondant icing and knead to combine colouring evenly. Roll out icing to 4mm thick on an icing sugar-dusted work surface, then cut out a 30cm-diameter circle, place over cake to cover and trim excess. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Decorate with cedro and candied orange and serve.

Note Fondant icing is available from supermarkets. Cedro is the candied fruit of a citron tree and is available, along with other candied fruit, from Simon Johnson and David Jones Foodhalls.


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  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

Featured in

May 2007

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