Frank's Mary Cassata Roulade
 Source: Frank's Mary Palermo Ficarrotta.  This form of a Cassata Cake was severed for every family birthday and special occasion by my aunt and made into a roulade.  For me she would make it special by omitting the cherries in half of the cake and load up the chocolate.  The name "cassata" is believed to derive from the medieval Arabic kas'at in reference either to its circular form (more precisely the pan used to mold it) or the word for cheese products (cascio akin to casein).
Serves 12



5   eggs

1 cup  sugar

1 cup all-purpose sifted flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon Anise oil




1 pound ricotta cheese

1/3 cup sugar (for sweeter taste, add by tablespoon to taste)

1 Hershey chocolate bar, grated

1/4 cup pecans, ground (optional pistachio)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/ teaspoon cinnamon

[optional add cherries to filling]

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1.  Let eggs stand at room temperature for about an hour.  Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F.  Line the bottom of a 15-in x 10-in x 1-in jelly roll pan with parchment paper, cut 1/2-in smaller than the pan.  Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder.

2.  In a bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat eggs until foamy.  Beat in the granulated sugar slowly; continue beating until very thick and light in color.

3.  With a spatula fold in anise flavoring and flour mixture.  Pour into pan, spread batter evenly.  Bake 15 - 25 minutes or until lightly brown.

4.  Lightly dust a clean dish towel with confectioner's sugar.  When cake is done, loosen it from the sides of the pan with a spatula; invert onto the towel.  Lift off pan; carefully peel off the parchment paper.  With a sharp knife, cut crisp edges, if any from the cake.  Then, starting at narrow end of cake, roll it up gently rolling up towel in it.  (This prevents cake from sticking.)

5.  Let Cool.

6.  Unroll cake, and lay flat on towel.  Spread with filling.  First start rolling up cake from the narrow end by folding edge of cake over.  Then tucking it under, continue rolling cake, then tucking it under, lifting towel higher and higher with one hand as you guide roll with other hand.  Finish roll with end of cake on underside.

7.  Place on serving plate and refrigerate at least an hour.  Before serving sprinkle with powdered sugar on top.


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