I’m making ricotta in the morning so I’m in business! And beautiful shot chef! My grandma from northern italy made magical food and I think I ate one of these pies when I was 4 or so. Hi Dennis – what a lovely recipe and an even lovelier memory….Thank you for sharing with us (and making a sweet recipe was brilliant!). Glad you were bold enough to take the dessert route- these look so yummy! Thank you, Dennis. Sometimes photos are hard to gauge size from, since we never know the actual size of the plates! I look forward to keeping this recipe in mind for when I am off the FODMAP diet. These look delicious and I can imagine the flavors. Wow, now that’s a twist on pizza! I’d love one of these little sweet pies for breakfast. Today my friends is one of those of days and one of those dishes. I’m a huge fan of hand pies too – they won me a contest that repays me to this very day. everything sounds great, one question though, is it 2 or 4 cups of flour? For more details, check out his About page. Something wonderful happens to ricotta when you add a little bit of sweetness to it. Perfect for breakfast or dessert, my Sweet Ricotta Hand Pies will add a taste of the old world to your table. . Your email address will not be published. I too have many memories connected to both music and food! In a large mixing bowl (of stand mixer), with whisk attachment, beat the eggs for 1 minute. It’s like you solved one of the many mysteries of many a lost recipe that were lost between the generations. Please RATE THE RECIPE below! I know I would just love these. Add the eggs and pulse until it begins to ball up on the blade of the food processor. Join him on his Culinary Journey enjoying his easy to make Restaurant Style recipes and travel adventures. I hope I did them justice with my version of her sweet ricotta pie, and perhaps if you try them, you can make some of your own sweet memories to go along with them. These looks great Dennis! What better way to swap a pizza recipe than to make it sweet and harken back to a childhood memory! Isn’t it funny how strong those feelings can be?? Interessting treat. Place the Homemade Ricotta in a medium bowl and stir in the sugar, honey, and vanilla. Enjoying these pies with a cup of espresso, that sounds absolutely perfect!!!! In a bowl, whisk together the ricotta, powdered sugar and cinnamon until smooth. Cheese Blintzes. Sweet Ricotta Hand Pies – A Taste of Old World Italy on Your Table, unsalted butter very cold cut into pieces, *I put my mixture into the freezer for about an hour to get it to firm up, « Chocolate Citrus Frangipane Tart with Kumquats by Fragrant Vanill, Linguine with Clams Recipe – Authentic Italian Seafood ». Required fields are marked *. Ricotta, mascarpone and chocolate chips wrapped in a sweet pastry dough will make this taste of old-world Italy a family favorite. I had all but forgotten this sweet ricotta pastry that Mama Jeanette had made for me, and today the memories came flooding back like a tidal wave….. My goal in sharing my recipes and cooking tips is to make you feel more comfortable in your kitchen, so you find the joy of cooking! 3/4 to 1 cup of powdered sugar, depending on desired sweetness i think your profile picture should be you in tights. I'm Chef Dennis and Welcome to my Culinary Journey where I share my Restaurant-Style Recipes & Travel Adventures. Chef Dennis worked professionally in White Table Cloth Restaurants for 40 years and has been developing easy to make, restaurant-style recipes since 2009. wrap in plastic and refrigerate until you are ready to use them. In a mixing bowl add ricotta, mascarpone, sugar, flour, egg, lime zest, vanilla powder, salt, and cinnamon and blend together. These look adorable and oh, so delicious. I think she’d make a great character in an old film. Chef, these little hand pies sound amazing and I love the story that went along with them. Looks delectable, I have always loved sweet ricotta desserts. Fantastic recipe swap. I would like to introduce to you yet another spectacular sweetened ricotta treat called fiadoni di ricotta. Place dough on floured surface and roll into two logs. I never learned how she made them but I do remember them all to well, they weren’t quite as good as Mama Jeanette’s but they did rekindle even more memories with each taste of that sweet ricotta pie, and for a few moments I was back in that old kitchen as a young boy so many years ago. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve. Great take on the recipe swap, these look amazing! Chef Dennis is a semi-retired Chef, writer/blogger, photographer, recipe developer and creator of A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis aka Ask Chef Dennis®. They’re easy to make and will make your mornings feel like a special occasion. Great swap. it’s hard being a baker with a small family thanks for sharing! On the outside, these ravioli are made with a pastry that, once cooked, perfectly balances the sweet notes of the other ingredients. What a wonderful memory too to associate with these. I am chasing memories of meals and flavors with recipes that my mother used to make for us and am trying to figure out where to even begin. Shari. The second phase of his reinvention from chef to blogger has earned him a place at the Worlds Dinner Table. Buzzed! Those look so good, and such a sweet story. Great story, and it looks like a great treat. Your hand pies looks delicious with the marscapone and ricotta together as fillings….mmmm can imagine how great these hand pies are with the expresso ! This post is an inspiration (and a delicious looking one to boot!). Did you make this? I only recently started making hand pies. Sounds delicious. You don't always have to go out to enjoy delicious restaurant-style dishes when you can make them yourself! I do well under pressure but not THAT much pressure. Hand pies are so fun and this filling has me weak in the knees. as it is i’d better not make them, because i know i would just devour them all myself! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. What a lovely story and recipe, this is one I’ve saved to try, thanks! What a wonderful story I LOVE hand-pies and these look great! Or “daylight’s burning, there’s work to be done and sweet pies for breakfast” the perfect title for a Ray LaMontagne song. That morning breakfast had been these sweet ricotta hand pies. Your recipe sounds delicious by the wha it sounds like a canoli pocket. I like you associate food with memories. Ricotta hand pies, how lovely! Yum – these look great. The easy to make pie crust will make my Sweet Ricotta Hand Pies a family favorite for years to come. Mascarpone and ricotta sound perfect together! Home » Recipes » Breakfast » Pastries » Sweet Ricotta Hand Pies – A Taste of Old World Italy on Your Table, March 4, 2012 by Chef Dennis Littley 43 Comments. You are one clever Chef. I can relate to food (and music) bringing you back. Tights or no tights. If desired, dip the ends in chocolate chips or pistachios. ;D. Could these taste a bit like cannolis? Hi Chef, I always enjoy the stories that accompany your swap recipes – these little pies look yum! Not overly sweet. Plus, these sound SO good. Your email address will not be published. anyone who would like to comment on the recipe is always welcome to, some recipes have more than others. She had given me her favorite wake up call “daylight’s burning sonny boy, get yourself up, there’s work to be done and breakfast is on the table”. I can’t wait to have a go at these. I love a great hand pie, and with ricotta no less? Or the two of you the main plot for a play. One of my favorite songs is by Trisha Yearwood, it’s called “The song remember when”, it talks about how we can hear a certain song on the radio, and it instantly transports us back to that time, whether it be good or bad, it takes us home. Your recipes are truly amazing (I’ve made some) & you rock! https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sweet-ricotta-pastries-351134 You always have amazing recipe associations, so fun to read. This post includes affiliate links.