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Created by lesafaris,
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Amore di Natale - Zuccotto di Panettone - Love of Christmas!

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10
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup fine granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries chopped
  • zest of one large orange
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2lb panettone, cut into 2 round discs from base of cake and the rest sliced lengthways into 1 inch slices
  • 1 cup Moscato wine
  • cocoa powder for dusting

 

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2010 - Christmas Recipe Contest

 

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  1. www.cookingwithnonna.com/article/contest-winners-of-cwn.htmlMix together half the ricotta with 1/2 cup sugar until creamy. Then fold in 1/4 cup of chopped dried cherries, half of the orange zest, 1/4 cup of flaked almonds and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix the remaining ricotta with the remaining sugar and cocoa powder until creamy. Then stir in the remaining cherries, zest, flaked almonds and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  3. Line an 8 or 10 inch bowl with plastic wrap, leaving quite a bit of excess around the edges. Line that with the slices of panettone. Using a pastry brush, brush about three-quarters of the moscato wine on the cake slices. Fill with the white ricotta mixture, which should half-fill the bowl. Take one of the round panettone discs and place over the top and press gently, then drizzle over some of the moscato. Fill with the chocolate ricotta mixture and cover with the other panettone disc, then drizzle with the remaining moscato.
  4. Bring up the draping plastic wrap sealing the zuccotto into the bowl. Using a plate that will fit into the bowl, set 5lbs of bagged sugar or flour onto the plate weighting down the zuccotto and place in the fridge for at least 6 hours. Overnight is best.
  5. Remove from the fridge, take off the weight and the plastic wrap over the top. Turn upside-down onto a cake plate. Carefully remove the bowl and peel off the rest of the plastic wrap. Dust all over with lots of sieved cocoa powder and serve.
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Review by lesafaris , Wednesday, 29 December 2010 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
This is such a versatile recipe! You may substitute the almonds for pistachios or toasted hazelnuts. Try candied citrus peel. Add cinnamon or vanilla. Brush the panettone with Grand Marnier or Frangelico. What combination makes your mouth water?? BUON APPETITO!!!
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Review by nnjdreamgirl , Saturday, 22 December 2012 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
This is definitely going to be a new Christmas tradition!! So easy to make.
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Review by BeckyU , Wednesday, 31 December 2014 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
Wonderful recipe! I suggested a group of my 6th grade Skills for Living class prepare this for our "Christmas Around the World" project (substituting white grape juice for the wine, of course). The class absolutely loved it! I liked it so much I decided to make it for a friend this New Year's Eve. As a Family Consumer Sciences teacher, I know this recipe will be a favorite in my collection from now on. Please thank Nonna for me!
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