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Sweet Valentine's Ravioli: Italian Dessert for Your Honey
My Sweet Valentine!
Italian desserts are among the most prized of all! This Sweet Ravioli with Ricotta cheese recipe is easy, quick and a sure success...Who doesn't love ricotta cheese?
Plus, this is a super recipe for Valentine's day, as it combines the sweetness of sugar with Italian romanticism! The result is a platter of delicious Ricotta-filled biscuits that will crumble in your mouth releasing a slowly melting heart of milky tenderness. What a lovely thing to pop them in your sweetheart's mouth...but I guess after the first bite each one of you will be fighting to get them all for yourself!
Plus, I love the idea of having cookies in the shape of what is usually salty. It gives me the idea I am tasting something really unique, and therefore special.
You can garnish these sweet ravioli the way you want, but my advice is to leave their delicate fragrance do the work, without covering them with creams or toppings. However, you can decorate the serving plate in many nice ways.
You know what is a great idea? To cook them while you are vacationing in Italy in some of the fantastic Tuscany villas available for rent. Nice wine, nice food, nice home, and nice sweet ravioli! Can it get any better?
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- 600 grams of Flour
- 100 grams of olive oil
- 100 grams of sugar for the dough
- 3 medium eggs
- 16 grams of baking powder
- 150 grams of Ricotta Cheese
- 50 grams of sugar for the filling
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 vial or bag of vanillin
- Powdered vanilla sugar (optional)
- Prepare the dough
- 1. Digg a well in the flour over a suitable kneading surface.
- 2. Set the eggs, sugar, salt, olive oil and baking powder at the center of the well
- 3. Start kneading gently to avoid the liquids spilling over. When the flour absorbed all the liquids, knead energetically to form a ball of homogeneous and soft dough. In Italian this is called "Pasta Frolla".
- 4. Set to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Prepare the filling
- 1. While the dough is getting firm in the fridge, using a whisk mix the ricotta cheese, sugar, cinnamon and vanillin in a bowl.
- 2. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly, breaking any ricotta lumps.
- Making Sweet Valentine's Ravioli!
- 1. Collect the dough from the fridge and remove a handful of it.
- 2. Set the piece of dough on a flat working surface, and flatten it out with a rolling pin. You should form long and narrow strips of dough.
- 3. Using a teaspoon, drop small portions of filling on the stripe of dough, not far from one another.
- 4. Fold the dough over the filling lengthwise and close firmly with a light pressure of your fingers along the borders and around the filling lumps, taking care not to squeeze the filling from one Ravioli to the next.
- 5. Using a pasta cutter, remove the excess pasta along the border and separate each Ravioli forming square cookies.
- It's Cooking Time Baby!
- Set the Ravioli on cooking paper in a baking pan, then set in the over you heated at 170 Celsius. Cook for ten minutes, or until the borders are golden and small cracks form on each sweet Ravioli.. Your Valentine's sweets are done!
- Now you only need to let them cool down completely and sprinkle with some powdered vanilla sugar.
Because quality matters
Being this Italian dessert recipe a simple one, it capitalizes its success on great ingredients. The better your raw material is, the more successful your recipe will be. And you will get lots of extra kisses on Valentine's Day.
Ricotta Cheese. Go the extra mile and find a regional food store. Although this will be extra money and effort, it will make all the difference and your extra care will be felt in the mouth until the last bit! Avoid supermarket's ricotta cheese, unless you live where supermarkets carry a decent one. Ricotta needs to be fresh, sweet and fluffy. Unless it is yummy also when eaten by itself, it should not go into your Sweet Valentine's Ravioli.
Olive Oil. Get the extra virgin quality. That large can at the supermarket may seem expensive, but learning to use it for cooking is the best thing you can do to your health and taste buds.
Vanillin. Supermarkets carry the surrogate chemical that substitutes the more expensive real vanilla extract. This one is fine, but if you can get the real thing, go for it. In Italy this ingredient comes as white powder, but it's essentially the same thing you find in vials at the grocery store.
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