One of my favorite pieces of Italian literature is I Promessi Sposi.. (The Betrothed) so romantic.. A story of Renzo and Lucia, set in Italy in 1628 the book was first published in 1827 and set in a time when Italy was under oppressive Spanish rule. One of it’s main themes is the strength of love between two people.
I am enjoying the musical that has been made from the original book in Milan tonight…nothing beats the power of love ( well maybe a chocolate cheesecake) and getting ready to get back to our country house to close it up till next summer..
Summer is almost gone…hope you got to experience some of summer’s pleasures.. fresh, local fruits and veggies, gelato or ic and ice cream…al fresco picnics…picking strawberries or blueberries…lazy days at the beach or park or just allowing yourself to be lazy at home fro a few days or even a few hours.
What goes better with ‘I Promessi Sposi’ than a dark chocolate cheesecake..
Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake
1-16 ounce package of Cream Cheese
8 ounces Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 package of Savoiardi cookies or similar cookies
1 8 ounce bar dark chocolate
2 tsps orange honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crush cookies and cover bottom of pie pan with crumbs. Grae chocolate bar onto crumbs, then drizzle two tsps honey on crust.
In bowl place cream cheese, ricotta cheese, eggs, vanilla. Blend till smooth. Pour onto crumb crust. Bake fro 30 minutes or until firm. Cool and refrigerate,serve chilled.
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