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Nonna’s chocolate cheesecake

May 19, 2011 by Christine No Comments »

All of us here in A Taste of Italy wish the very best to Inez with all of her future plans. We do promise, though, to keep posting recipes, restaurants and ideas on the blog.

My recipes come from my experience in Italy so they will tend to be basic Italian country farmhouse cooking. Italians love cooking and always eat in company. I hope you enjoy them!

My mother in law was over from Italy last week and spent most of the week making her fabulous chocolate and ricotta cheesecakes. They are amazing and I finally managed to get her to part with her recipe so I can share it with you all. Here it is:


For the base

400gr Plain flour,  2 eggs,  1 egg yolk,  170gr butter (I use low fat margarine),  150gr castor sugar,  7g fast action yeast (1 sachet)

For the filling

500gr soft ricotta, 150gr grated chocolate


Heat the oven to 150°C

To make the base, mix together all of the ingredients, kneading the dough by hand for at least 5 minutes. Set aside a third of the dough to top the cake.

Grease a 25cm flan dish and then sprinkle flour onto the greased dish. Roll out the remaining dough to about 1.5cm thick on a floured surface and use it to line the bottom of the flan dish.

To make the filling, simply mix together the ricotta and the chocolate to make a soft paste. Spread this paste onto the centre of the base trying to leave half a centimetre free at the edges of the dish.

With the dough which you had set aside, roll out sausages, flatten them and then prick along their length with a fork (this is to stop the top from rising). Use them to create a criss cross pattern on the top of the cake, tucking the edges between the filling and the side of the dish.

Bake at 150°C for about 40 minutes and then leave to cool overnight. 

We enjoyed it with a glass of Masetto Dulcis – an amazing sweet dessert wine from Cantina Endrizzi. This is one of their “Masetto” wines – a range which comprises Masetto Bianco (white), Masetto Nero (red), Masetto Dulcis (sweet) and Gran Masetto (the Great Masetto). They use recipes which have been handed down through the Endricci family over the generations and make any meal a very special occasion.



Endrizzi wine evenings

March 5, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

This week we welcomed Mr Thommas Kemmler from Endrizzi wines, we had 2 lovely evenings the first evening was a wine dinner at the Elephant and Castle and the 2nd night was an information and tasting at Manifesto restaurant in Rathmines.  

The Elephant and Castle served a 4 course meal, and with each course a different wine was served, starting with the Endrizzi Prosecco Frizzante, followed by the Masetto Bianco, the Masetto Nero and finally Moscato Rosa. The Elephant and Castle did a supurb  job of pairing the  food with the wine and Thomas gave a great talk about the wines. 

The 2nd evening was at Manifesto, a new Italian restaurant in Rathmines.  The wines were a slightly different choice but all wines went very well with Manifesto’s menu.  The wine choices were  Masetto Bianco, Nosiola, Tereldego and Serpaiolo.   We hope that everyone who attended enjoyed the evening, and we would like to thank Thomas for his visit!!!

Inez O”Shea”A taste of Italy”


Wine Tasting

March 1, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Hi Everyone tomorrow night there will be a wine tasting at the “Elephant and Castle” in Temple Bar. We have the producer himself, Thomas Endrizzi who will be on hand to explain and talk all about his wines.

We have a lovely selection of wines begenning with the Prosecco Valdobbiane, followed by the Masetto Bianco, Masetto Nero and finally the Moscato Rosa.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Endrizzi, Endrizzi is from the North of Italy, very close to Austria, and they produce a large variety of wines which are well worth trying!!

The tasting will begin at 7:00pm.

We’re really looking foward to seeing you all there!!

Inez “A taste of Italy”