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Flaky Ricotta Pastries
Flaky Ricotta Pastries
(Sfogliatella Riccia)
 
 
Ingredients:
 
1 cup water
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup semolina
1 cup and 2 oz flour
6 oz butter
2 oz *strutto
1 pinch cinnamon
3 oz candied orange peel, diced
1 egg yolk

Directions:
 
Bring the water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and pour in the semolina, stirring so as not to form lumps.
 
Cook, stirring for about 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Let cool.
 
Make a 'fontana' (fountain) with the flour.
 
Put half of the butter, a pinch of salt and as much water as necessary to knead the dough to a smooth and elastic consistency.
 
Wrap the dough in a towel and let rest for an hour.
 
Sift the ricotta; mix with semolina, 6 tbs sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and the candied peel.
 
Roll out the pastry with a rolling pin to obtain a 25 x 18 inch rectangle, 1/16-inch thick.
 
Cut the pastry vertically into 4 strips and place one on top of the other, brushing each one with melted butter.
 
Let rest for half an hour and then roll up the stack of dough.
 
Slice the roll into 10 equal pieces with a very sharp, floured knife.
 
Place the pieces on the pastry board and roll them gently with the rolling pin, first vertically, in an upward direction and then in a downwards direction, to give them an oval shape.
 
Turn the ovals over, place a bit of ricotta filling in the middle of each one, brush the edges with egg yolk, then fold the dough over and press to seal.
 
Brush the sfogliatelle with melted strutto and place on a paper greased with butter.
 
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 425 F for 20 minutes.
 
Remove from the oven.
 
Brush with melted butter again, lower the temperature to 350 F and bake for another 20 minutes.
 
Let cool, sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve.
 
Note: *Strutto is reconstituted pork fat. It is primarily used for frying, or to prepare crusts for savory pies. It is also called "sugna".
 
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