Cassatella is a traditional dessert from Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It is a sweet pastry filled with ricotta cheese, sugar, and candied fruit. The pastry is shaped like a half-moon and is usually dusted with powdered sugar. Cassatella can be found in various towns and communes in Emilia-Romagna, including Bologna, Modena, and Ferrara.

In Bologna, Cassatella can be found at Pasticceria Gamberini, a historic pastry shop that has been around since 1907. In Modena, it can be found at Pasticceria San Biagio, a family-owned pastry shop that has been making traditional desserts for over 50 years. In Ferrara, Cassatella can be found at Pasticceria Cioccolateria Novecento, a modern pastry shop that specializes in traditional desserts.

Cassatella has been recognized as a traditional food product (PAT) by the Emilia-Romagna region. The specifications for Cassatella include:

– The pastry must be made with flour, sugar, eggs, butter, and yeast.
– The filling must be made with ricotta cheese, sugar, and candied fruit.
– The pastry must be shaped like a half-moon and dusted with powdered sugar.

Cassatella can be enjoyed as a dessert or as a sweet snack. Here are two recipes for Cassatella:

Recipe 1:

Ingredients:
– 500g flour
– 100g sugar
– 100g butter
– 3 eggs
– 10g yeast
– 250g ricotta cheese
– 100g sugar
– 50g candied fruit
– Powdered sugar

Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and yeast until a dough forms.
2. Cover the dough and let it rest for 1 hour.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, sugar, and candied fruit.
4. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
5. Roll out the dough and cut it into circles.
6. Spoon the ricotta mixture onto one half of each circle.
7. Fold the other half of the circle over the ricotta mixture and press the edges together.
8. Bake the cassatelle for 20-25 minutes.
9. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Recipe 2:

Ingredients:
– 500g flour
– 100g sugar
– 100g butter
– 3 eggs
– 10g yeast
– 250g ricotta cheese
– 100g sugar
– 50g candied fruit
– 1 lemon, zested
– Powdered sugar

Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and yeast until a dough forms.
2. Cover the dough and let it rest for 1 hour.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, sugar, candied fruit, and lemon zest.
4. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
5. Roll out the dough and cut it into circles.
6. Spoon the ricotta mixture onto one half of each circle.
7. Fold the other half of the circle over the ricotta mixture and press the edges together.
8. Bake the cassatelle for 20-25 minutes.
9. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Sources:
– “Cassatella.” Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali dell’Emilia-Romagna, Regione Emilia-Romagna, www.agrionline.it/prodotto/cassatella/.
– “Cassatella.” Pasticceria Gamberini, www.pasticceriagamberini.it/prodotti/cassatella/.
– “Cassatella.” Pasticceria San Biagio, www.pasticceriasanbiagio.it/prodotti/cassatella/.
– “Cassatella.” Pasticceria Cioccolateria Novecento, www.pasticcerianovecento.it/prodotti/cassatella/.