Christmas Cassata

Looking for a Christmas dessert? Check out this Italian-inspired cassata layered with chocolate. Perfect for the holidays – and for the chocolate lover in you!

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 3 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 16
 

Ingredients

1/3
cup currants or raisins
1
can (16 1/2 ounces) pitted dark sweet cherries, drained and syrup reserved
1
container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
1/2
cup frozen (thawed) whipped topping
6
tablespoons sweet Marsala wine or orange juice
1
loaf (16 ounces) pound cake
1
bag (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1
cup firm butter or margarine, cut into pieces

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  • 1 Place currants and 3 tablespoons of reserved cherry syrup in small bowl; reserve 1/2 cup cherry syrup. Let stand about 15 minutes or until currants are softened; drain. Coarsely chop cherries; set aside.
  • 2 Place ricotta cheese, whipped topping and 3 tablespoons of the wine in food processor or blender. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to medium bowl; fold in cherries and currants.
  • 3 Cut pound cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place bottom layer on serving dish. Spread with half of the ricotta mixture. Add middle cake layer. Spread with remaining ricotta mixture. Add top cake layer. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 2 hours or until ricotta mixture is firm.
  • 4 Melt chocolate chips in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons wine and reserved 1/2 cup cherry syrup until smooth; remove from heat. Beat in butter, a few pieces at a time, using wire whisk, until melted. Refrigerate about 45 minutes or until thick enough to spread. Spread chocolate mixture over top and sides of dessert. Store covered in refrigerator.
  • 1 Place currants and 3 tablespoons of reserved cherry syrup in small bowl; reserve 1/2 cup cherry syrup. Let stand about 15 minutes or until currants are softened; drain. Coarsely chop cherries; set aside.
  • 2 Place ricotta cheese, whipped topping and 3 tablespoons of the wine in food processor or blender. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to medium bowl; fold in cherries and currants.
  • 3 Cut pound cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place bottom layer on serving dish. Spread with half of the ricotta mixture. Add middle cake layer. Spread with remaining ricotta mixture. Add top cake layer. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 2 hours or until ricotta mixture is firm.
  • 4 Melt chocolate chips in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons wine and reserved 1/2 cup cherry syrup until smooth; remove from heat. Beat in butter, a few pieces at a time, using wire whisk, until melted. Refrigerate about 45 minutes or until thick enough to spread. Spread chocolate mixture over top and sides of dessert. Store covered in refrigerator.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Dress up this yummy dessert with a dusting of powdered sugar.

A cassata is a traditional Italian dessert made up of layers of liqueur-soaked cake, ricotta cheese, candied fruit and chocolate.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
430
(
Calories from Fat
260),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
29%
(Saturated Fat
16g,
16%
),
Cholesterol
75mg
75%;
Sodium
140mg
140%;
Total Carbohydrate
38g
38%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
6g
6%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.