Sicilian Cassatelle

Sicilian Cassatelle
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Cassatelle, or “cassateddi” in sicilian dialect, are one of the most important and typical sweets of Sicilly. There are different versions of cassatelle, such as: “Agira’s cassatelle” or cassatelle with chocolate filling. But, the filling with fresh ricotta cheese and chocolate is a combination made in heaven. They are fried, of course! We suggest to enjoy with a glass of sicilian Malvasia or Passito.
The recipe is pretty easy and can be made ahead of time. It is an excellent dessert for any occasion. Read our easy-to-follow homemade sicilian cassatelle recipe. Everyone will love cassatelle!


  • 500 g of flour
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 1/2 glass of extra vergin olive oil
  • 2 spoons of Marsala wine
  • 450 g of fresh ricotta cheese
  • 50 g of dark chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon
  • Icing sugar
  • Oilseed
  • Salt
  • Water


Step 1

To make the pastry, mix flour with two spoons of sugar, Marsala wine, extra vergin olive oil and a pinch of salt. Add water as required to obtain a compact and smooth dough. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.

Step 2

For the filling, sieve the ricotta cheese. Mix in a blender the ricotta cheese, the remaining sugar, the dark chocolate chips and a pinch of cinnamon.

Step 3

Roll out the dough and create circles. Place a couple of spoons of filling in the middle of the circles e bend them up, creating the 'ravioli' or half-moon shape.

Step 4

Fry the 'cassatelle' in oilseed until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve warm.

Picture (CC BY 2.0) by fugzu
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