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Adapted from Italian Food Forever (made with Mascapone)

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Serves 8

  • 1 kg ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Zest and juice of 3 lemons
  • 1/3 cup Italian Limoncello
  • Small ladyfinger cookies (about 40)
  • Slivered unpeeled almonds

Mix together cheese, sugar, salt and half the lemon zest in a large bowl; set aside.

Mix together lemon juice, Limoncello and 2 teaspoons cold water in a medium bowl; set aside.

Working with one at a time, soak cookies in lemon liqueur mixture briefly, then arrange in the bottom of a large glass serving bowl.

After covering the bottom, place the soaked cookies up the sides of the bowl, overlapping slightly if necessary to cover the bottom and sides of the bowl completely. Add half the ricotta mixture to bowl and spread lightly with a spatula.

Cover the top with the remaining soaked cookies and ricotta mixture, and decorate with remaining lemon zest and toasted almonds. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Serve cold.

Nutritional Info:

Per Serving: 440 calories (130 from fat), 15g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 150mg cholesterol,330mg sodium, 50g carbohydrates, 20g protein.


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