You know, Americans go mad for the cheesecake. They have distinct variants of the popular cake, but the desserts having the cheese among the key ingredients are not an invention made in the US since really they have their origins in the earliest traditional Italian cuisine.
Yeah, once again the Italians have been in first place. The Italian culinary heritage has dozens of old dessert recipes made with cheese and over 200 recipes of sweet cakes with cheese are famous.
In Emilia-Romagna, especially in the province of Parma, there’s a delicious ricotta cheese cake, sweet and light, covered with a tasty coating of dark chocolate.
In Campania we can’t neglect to mention that the famous Neapolitan pastiera, a pastry filled with sweet ricotta and cooked wheat. According to an ancient legend, after some fishermen’s wives left a baskets with ricotta, candied fruit, wheat, eggs and orange flowers on a shore as offerings for the sea, so that their husbands might have a safe journey and could return home soon. In the morning they returned to the shore to welcome their husbands and discovered that during the night that the waves had blended the ingredients and produced a cake: the pastiera. Certainly this cake accompanied the early pagan festivals to celebrate the return of Spring. And if the pastiera is typical of Easter, at Carnival occasions the migliaccio seems on the tables of the area, a traditional cake made with semolina, ricotta, eggs, milk, sugar, salt, diced candied orange, cinnamon, vanilla and orange taste, first cooked over a flame and baked in the oven.
Each Italian area has its own variant of tiramisù. By way of instance, if you happen to be in Rome you need to try the famed tiramisù by Pompi, a neighborhood old who makes a tasty tiramisù, including some imaginative variations, advocated by all of the guidebooks of Rome.
But in the business of cheese cakes that the winners are the two big islands of Italy, Sardinia and Sicily, in which the typical candies made out of cheese become numerous. The Sicilian cassata is totally amazing: for the uninitiated, it’s a standard cake made with ricotta cheese, enriched with chocolate chips, covered with icing sugar and garnished with candied fruit. Along with the ricotta has been created in Sicily since ancient times.
The Sardinians have was true magicians pastry. As a matter of fact, in the island you’ll be able to select among an endless selection of soft or crunchy sweets made out of traditional cheeses. Just to mention a few, the cassateddi and the pardulas, the former with a half moon shape and a center of ricotta, the latter round-shaped and filled with a pecorino cream. But in Sardinia you can’t miss the sebadas, fried pastries made from durum wheat flour and stuffed with sweet cheese, flavored with lemon peel or orange or the distinctive sweet ravioli filled with fresh goat cheese, eggs, sugar and lemon, a real treat that conveys historical sacred festivals. Cheese cakes go great for Florida Marijuana if you know what I mean.