Sigarette alla ricotta

Sigarette alla ricotta

Ricotta-filled cigarettes

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From
Spring in Sicily
Makes
18–20
Photographer
Simon Griffiths

These are small, light, cigarette-shaped pastries. They are delicious served with an espresso at the end of a meal, or just as a little treat during the day.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
75g caster sugar
45g unbleached plain flour
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 organic egg whites, beaten to stiff peaks
icing sugar, for dusting

Ricotta filling

Quantity Ingredient
250g very fresh full-cream ricotta
2 tablespoons caster sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour and vanilla extract, then gently fold in the egg whites.
  2. Line two oven trays with greaseproof paper. Place small, well-spaced spoonfuls of the pastry mixture onto the trays and spread them out to form 6 cm circles. Bake for 5 minutes until the biscuits are golden. Remove from the oven and while still warm, carefully roll the biscuits around the handle of a wooden spoon to form ‘cigarettes’. Slide them off and leave them to cool completely.
  3. To make the filling, beat the ricotta with the sugar to make a smooth, lump-free cream.
  4. When the cigarettes are completely cold, spoon the ricotta filling into a piping bag and fill them generously. Dust with icing sugar and serve straight away.

Variation

  • If you like, add 2 tablespoons of grated lemon or orange zest or 2 tablespoons of grated chocolate to the ricotta filling.
Tags:
Spring in Sicily
Manuela
Darling
Gansser
Sicilian
Sicily
Italy
Italian
Mediterranean
European
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