Pillowy ricotta cookies are scented with Fiori di Sicilia, a fragrant blend of citrus extracts.
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Ricotta gelato is a blank canvas for added flavors and a friend to any pie. Plus it's a no-cook recipe that can go from raw ingredients to freshly churned ice cream in under 45 minutes.
"Baci" is Italian for "kiss". Flavored with Sambuca, these little baci from Nigellissima taste lightly of aniseed and orange zest. Whole-milk ricotta gives them a creaminess that's lightened when they're fried.
Cheesecake can be lightened two ways: by changing the crust from leaden grahams and butter to a classic, flaky pie shell, and by swapping some of the cream cheese for ricotta. These modifications, combined with the fact that a pie is not so dramatically big and tall, create a lovely, tangy, fluffy wedge upon which to drip and drizzle any fruit compote or coulis that you desire.
As you might imagine, we've been spending a fair amount of time plotting our Thanksgiving meal lately, and much of that time has been devoted to finding a truly special dessert (or three) to end the feast. Well, we're happy to say that we've found that Thanksgiving showstopper of a dessert in Francine Segan's latest cookbook, Dolci: Italy's Sweets.