Chocolate and ricotta tart

Chocolate and ricotta tart (baked cassata)

Chocolate and ricotta tart. Is’ one of the most traditional Sicilian cakes and Sicily we call "baked cassata". The Sicilian origin of this sweet and simple baked good is realized by the addition of cinnamon, candied fruit and lemon zest in the cream of ricotta cheese. On my channel You Tube you will also find the VIDEO RECIPE STEP BY STEP OF CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE TART, both the pastry is of the filling. This sweet delicious and easy baked cassata is also called because the filling contains practically all the ingredients of the cassata and my house is being prepared from time immemorial.

The tart goes ' blanket’ with the SHORT PASTRY, in order for the cheese doesn't go into boil and does not dry. Try it in the morning with coffee or, accompanied by a sauce with berries, for a dinner with friends.

If you like sweets with ricotta, once tasted this pie will not stop more than redo. Although I suggest you enlarge your passion for all kinds of CAKE WITH CHEESE, parfaits from puddings to soft cakes. And do not forget to go to have a look at all my RECIPES OF PIES, sweet and savory. Good day!


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  • 600 grams of ricotta cheese
  • 170 grams of sugar cash
  • 70 grams of dark chocolate
  • 40 grams of mixed candied fruit
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • vanilla extract, to taste
  • grated rind of an orange
  • 400 grams flour 00
  • 200 g of cold butter
  • 160 grams of sugar
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • vanilla extract, to taste
  • two egg yolks
  • a pinch of fine salt


The ricotta tart and chocolate, or baked cassata, is a sweet easy to prepare.

PER THE PASTRY. Put the flour on the work surface and make a hole in the Center: Add the cold butter cut into small pieces and work quickly with your fingertips. Combine egg yolk and half (keep the rest aside to brush the surface of the tart), sugar, vanilla, the lemon zest and a pinch of salt and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and homogeneous, No lumps of butter. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and put it into the refrigerator to rest for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.

Chocolate and ricotta tart

FOR THE FILLING. In a large bowl the ricotta with the sugar until it becomes soft and smooth. Add the chopped chocolate into pieces not too small, to avoid that melts during cooking (alternatively you can use chocolate chips) and then all the other ingredients. Grease and flour the cake tin, then coat the bottom and sides with a layer of pastry high 3-4 millimeters; puncture the bottom with a fork.

Pour the filling of ricotta cheese and chocolate into the pan, leveled with a spatula and cover with another pastry disc, rimboccandola well at the edges. Brush the baked cassata with the remaining egg yolk diluted with a teaspoon of milk, and bake for about 40 minutes. Cool the tart with ricotta and chocolate and serve sprinkled with icing sugar. Have a good day!

THE PAIRING: With this we recommend a tart Torcolato di Breganze, wine of the Vicenza province whose honeyed aromas they bond well with the fragrance of butter pastry, as well as its softness is able to support the complex taste of dark chocolate. We recommend in particular theTorcolato 2009 the company Maculan.

Chocolate and ricotta tart
Chocolate and ricotta tart

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Silvia March 20, 2015 at 12:52

Hi Ada, I tried your recipe yesterday. The flavor was perfect, your pastry by the way is identical to the recipe that I use always (of my mom), though next time I'll make it, I will use a little’ less pastry (or I'll increase the doses of the filling).
Thank you hats off, Silvia

Sicilians creative in the kitchen March 20, 2015 at 13:49

Hello Silvia thanks! If you prefer to have more filling you can also use a smaller Pan using some’ less pastry (I often do cookies with leftovers) and the stuffing will be higher. I think they should cook a bit more in this case. Have a nice weekend!

vicaincucina January 15, 2015 at 15:29

But as much as I like the ricotta cakes… Too much! Certainly the Sicilian sweets have revolutionized the Italian pastry, are the best!!!!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen January 15, 2015 at 15:41

I know that you are able to appreciate! Sweets with cottage cheese are my favorite and I like more this simple tart cassata. Totally agree on the Sicilian revolution in pastry! I embrace you, ADA

Elizabeth January 4, 2014 at 14:23

She looks fabulous!!to try…After losing some…Etto…accumulated in these parties 😉 compliments!!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen January 4, 2014 at 15:39

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you and welcome to my blog. "Si, better try it after a while’ of detoxification, also because it is addictive… Dear greetings, ADA

Claudia November 13, 2013 at 11:56

Hello. I have a convection oven which I hate!!!! I can't even understand the symbols 🙁
How should I set it? traditional ? ( the resistance of the sole and the vault work)
traditional pulse? ( the resistance of the sole and the vault work through the propeller of cirucito of air so as to secure a’ even cooking)

grazie Andrea

Sicilians creative in the kitchen November 13, 2013 at 12:28

Hi Claudia. Then, I have a very normal and use static function electric oven for baking pies. So I think you should use the traditional function. The fan assisted function of my oven, which I think corresponds to your pulse, does darken too tart on superticie. On the other hand, the tart needs cooking especially on the bottom, and then the heat will be enacted by the resistance of the sole… I hope this was a little’ help… Let me know, ADA

Claudia November 22, 2013 at 20:55

Thanks milleeeee!!!!!!!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen November 22, 2013 at 23:12

??? I don't know about you but I pray, It was a pleasure!!! Hi Ada!!

Maurizia pit White recipes October 28, 2013 at 23:07

….. I guess the goodness , the softness, the aroma…..

Sicilians creative in the kitchen October 29, 2013 at 13:51

Hi Maurizia! Good is good indeed… get her ready, Sin only imagine, made by you will be amazing. ADA

Maria September 28, 2013 at 17:05

I would like to know because I will break the pastry? What am I doing wrong???

Sicilians creative in the kitchen September 28, 2013 at 17:36

Hi Maria, It is strange that breaks, the amount of pastry is accurate. Maybe you will break because it's a little’ dry, It might also depend on the temperature in the kitchen. Try putting whole yolks and add one or two tablespoons of whole milk to the dough and let it rest for 20 minutes in the refrigerator wrapped in cling film for food. Let me know, ADA

Adele April 10, 2013 at 12:24

Ragazziiii good good good !

Sissi February 24, 2013 at 21:12


Sissi February 23, 2013 at 23:38

Buonaa your tart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Make the change here as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alexandra P. "TheShade07" January 30, 2013 at 19:06

Hello! Congratulations for the recipe is really good!

fratelli_ai_fornelli January 30, 2013 at 23:28


Mrs Deer January 27, 2013 at 20:19

oh good idea to mix the ricotta and chocolate pie!
I never try that should be a delight!!

fratelli_ai_fornelli January 27, 2013 at 23:17

Thanks, try it and let me know. Here in Italy is a very common mix…

Jerry January 25, 2013 at 11:40

excellent preparation, congratulations !!!!!!!

fratelli_ai_fornelli January 25, 2013 at 11:59

Thank you very much

amorincucina January 25, 2013 at 11:05

This cake will be mine! Unlike my beloved Cetty…I love the desserts with ricotta. For which, My next Mommy, get ready because I'm going to ask you fi me!
p.s. Thanks Ada! heh heh heh

fratelli_ai_fornelli January 25, 2013 at 12:01

I also love the ricotta, put it anywhere…Let me know how it


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