Sicilian Cassata Recipe

Sicilian cassata is a traditional Sicilian dessert that is perfect for St. Joseph's Day or any other time of the year. You need to start with a sponge cake base and build from there.

1 sponge cake
1 c sugar
1/4 c water
2 c ricotta
4 oz chocolate
1 c candied fruit
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 oz Maraschino liqueur
1 Tbsp pistachios
1/2 c apricot jelly

Mix water and sugar and heat until warm. Mix in the ricotta. Next chop up the chocolate and mix that in. Mix in the candied fruit. Now add vanilla, cinammon, liqueur and nuts.

Cut the sponge cake into thin slices and use it to line the bottom and sides of a 10" cake pan. Add in the ricotta blend and add sponge on top. Put in fridge for 3 hours.

To serve, unmold and spread apricot jelly on top.

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