Today’s recipe is another one of my Sicilian recipes. Cassatelle (or cassateddi in Sicilian) are sweets typical of the town of Trapani, where my mum was born. They are usually eaten in winter and spring, which is when the fresh local ricotta cheese is at its best. They are traditionally made with sheep milk ricotta, but I have never seen this ricotta in Sydney, so I made mine with normal cow milk ricotta and they still tasted delicious. It is a poor man’s dish, which means it won’t cost you much to make and it is made with local ingredients (Sicilian that is, but all easily available everywhere nowadays). They are basically shallow fried crescents of dough filled with sweet ricotta and chocolate and dusted with icing sugar. They are best eaten hot, when the chocolate melts and the ricotta is creamy and velvety. They are out-of-this-world scrumptious, trust me! This is my Regional Italian recipe for the week… enjoy!
Cassatelle Trapanesi – Cassateddi Trapanisa
How to make a traditional Sicilian sweet: Cassatelle Trapanesi - fried crescents of dough filled with sweet ricotta and chocolate and dusted with icing sugar.
- 500 gms – 1.1 lbs. flour
- 100 gms – 3.5 oz. sugar
- 90 ml – 3.2 oz. extra virgin olive oil
- 180 ml – 6.4 oz. white wine
- 2 tbsp Marsala wine or dry Sherry
- 1 pinch salt
- Water enough to get a smooth and pliable dough
- 500 gms – 1.1 lbs. ricotta
- 300 gms – 10.5 oz. sugar
- 50 gms – 1.75 oz. dark chocolate chips
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp cinnamon optional
- Icing sugar
- Vegetable oil for frying
Put all the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a hook attachment (or just knead it all by hands). Put the mixer on and slowly add enough water to obtain a smooth and pliable dough.
Put all the ingredients (apart from the chocolate chips) in the bowl af an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk for a couple of minutes, until the sugar dissolves.
Roll the dough into a 3 mm – 0.1 inch thick sheet and cut out discs of approximately 12 cm – 4.5 inches in diameter.
Put a heaped tablespoon of filling in the middle of each disc and rub a little water around the edges with your fingers.
Fold the disc in half and seal it well by crimping the edges closed with a fork.
Shallow fry the cassatelle in warm vegetable oil until golden brown on both sides.
Dust with icing sugar and serve warm!