Chocolate Ricotta Cake
I love the silky, smooth texture of this chocolate ricotta cake. A Jewish Roman treat known locally as cassola
Baked ricotta is a classic Italian dessert in-between cake and custard. It resembles a French flan, which is also made from an egg and dairy cream without flour, butter or leavening.
While the traditional crostata di ricotta from Campania, Lucania and Sicily is encased in a shortcrust pastry, the Roman cassola is a baked ricotta pancake. It was originally a Jewish dessert made for Hanukkah, but over the centuries the recipe has been adopted by the Catholic community in Rome, as a traditional Christmas treat.
In this case, I have flavoured the ricotta cake with chocolate chips, but you can also try making it with lemon, oranges, rum, cinnamon, raisins or candied cherries.