Friday, April 2, 2010

Italian Cassata Easter Cheesecake Recipe (Mom's Version)



This is my mom's recipe the late Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo
She made several of these every year, and it would go so fast. A classic traditional cheesecake Italians make every year at Easter. Here is a simple recipe, but it makes allot. Since it makes so many and I am time challenged, I can't post so many pictures. Happy Easter to you and your family enjoy!
I suggest using the above throw away tins.

Hope you like this one. Thanks Mom...love you always.... Happy Easter I know your looking down at us :)  We are a smaller family now, so I cut this recipe in half......

Italian Cassata (cheesecake)Recipe
24 eggs
1 - 1/2 cups sugar
3- lbs of whole milk Ricotta
1- 8oz chocolate bar grated( she always used milk chocolate Hersheys)
8- oz citron (mom always used this it's optional) I prefer this without it
1 small bottle of maraschino cherries chopped in chunky pieces
2 tablespoon pure vanilla

Mix eggs for five minutes, add sugar and vanilla, mix well. In a seperate bowl beat ricotta for a few minutes, then add chocolate mixing well. Add this mixture to the eggs mixture and fold in chopped cherries and citron. Pour into the lined crusted pans. Bake at 325 for 2 1/2 hours. If tops begin to brown too quickly drop oven temperature to 300 foil wrap around the edges to keep from cooking further.

Crust:
2 - 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
1 stick of butter (1/4 pound)
3/4 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder

Mix everything together, dough will be very soft, you will need to keep adding additional flour so it doesn't stick while rolling. Roll out to fit tins to fit for the bottom. Use remaining dough to make strips like tic tac toe effect on top. Brush with beaten egg wash for shiny top.
Proceed with above directions for baking time. Happy Easter from our house to your from What's Cookin' Italian Cuisine!
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18 comments:

Aggie said...

What a wonderful recipe to have from your mom! I know my family would love this..I'm a little intimidated though, I'm not good with crust. I wish I had time to make it for Easter but I'm already trying to make the Easter bread and that's hard enough for me! :) I will hold on to this and try to make it for my next family gathering. Enjoy your cheesecake this weekend!!!

Bigarade said...

This sounds lovely!
Family recipes are always the best!

kathyvegas said...

Ahhhhh yes!!This looks VERY familiar. You forgot to mention how lovely it smells when it's baking. This tastes and smells like every Italian grandmother's Easter kitchen!

Jamie said...

Nothing like tradition during a holiday. I bet this cheesecake tastes great. I'm making a cheesecake for my family this weekend. Have a wonderful Easter!

pierre said...

hello I love ricotta and love to ccok it !! Cheers from paris PIerre

Kathleen said...

I love recipes that are handed down through families. We are all so lucky to have you share this with us! Happy Easter Claudia!

Devaki said...

This is a wonderful recipe made all the more special because it is from your Mum.

I have a friend from Sicily who makes a similar recipe for Easter...so it is wonderful to have this recipe.

I am so glad to you visited my blog and commented on my Pastiera di Grana from Campania.

Thanks!!!

I'll be back for more of your lovely recipes.

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Trix said...

Aww, that's so great to have wonderful recipes from your mom. I bet she was an amazing woman. (Well, she had you didn't she?)

Tania said...

Happy Easter Claudia!
The recipe of your mom is wonderful, I like it, especially the addition of chocolate!

My Little Space said...

What a great family recipe! Must be your favourite recipe. Looks fantastic! Happy Easter Day to you & your family!
Blessing, Kristy

Claudia said...

Thereare never enough ricotta cheesecake recipes. I will try every one that comes my way. This looks beautiful, Claudia. Buona Pasqua!

Sook said...

Ooh that looks so delicious! What a beautiful creation!

Lizzy said...

So beautiful with the lattice crust...and a nice memory of your dear mother with every bite. Happy Easter, Claudia!

Elisabeth said...

It's such a treasure to carry on your mom's recipes and to share it with friends...because only a friend would share something this special to their heart and Claudia, you've been doing that all along:D
Your traditional, beautiful Easter Cassata reminds me of the Alla Cassata Siciliana which I have not made in a long time, but it has the same filling, but made in a round cheesecake form.

Thank you for sharing your sweet mom's recipe.

Buona Pasqua, e che desiderano il meglio per questa bella giornata
tua amica,
Elisabeth

Food Lover said...

It looks so yummy :)

Beth Michelle said...

Always wonderful to have a special recipe from Mom :) This sounds so wonderful. Happy Easter!

Tiffany said...

Your mom's recipe is AMAZING! Happy Easter!!!

Lo-mo said...

I love the simplicity in making this but it is so flavourful! Is that really a half recipe you posted? I think I will tuck this one away for the next potluck!