Ricotta-stuffed pancakes with chocolate sauce

Ricotta-stuffed pancakes with chocolate sauce

Crespelle ripiene con salsa di cioccolato

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Serves
4
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Laura Edwards

This is another recipe that reminds me of my time spent in Vienna. What they call Palatschinken there, actually originates from Hungary, but apart from the name the dish could well be Italian. The Viennese use a cheese called Topfen, which is a slightly sour curd cheese like quark. The use of cow’s milk ricotta here makes this version both very Italian, and very good!

Pancakes

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
140g italian ‘00’ flour
A pinch salt
2 medium eggs, beaten
250ml milk
clarified butter, for frying

Sauce

Quantity Ingredient
150g bitter chocolate, broken into pieces
150ml double cream
4 tablespoons water
50g caster sugar

Filling

Quantity Ingredient
500g fresh ricotta cheese
50g caster sugar
1/2 lemon, freshly grated rind

Method

  1. To make the pancakes, sift the flour into a bowl with the salt, and make a well in the middle. Put the eggs in the middle along with a little of the milk, and start to mix together, using a whisk. Gradually whisk in the remaining milk, and whisk until the batter is smooth.
  2. Heat some clarified butter in a 15cm, preferably non-stick, pancake pan, just enough to moisten the base. Pour in just enough batter to cover the base, and cook gently until the bottom of the pancake is brown. Flip it over and cook the other side. All this will take a couple of minutes only. Continue with more butter and batter until you have eight thin pancakes. Set aside, wrapped in a clean tea towel to keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, put the chocolate sauce ingredients into the top of a double boiler (or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water), and melt together, stirring once or twice. Set aside, but keep warm.
  4. Working quickly, mix the ricotta with the sugar and lemon rind. Put 2 tbsp of this into the middle of each pancake, and roll to obtain a sort of cannelloni. Divide between warmed plates, two each, and pour the liquid chocolate sauce on top.
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