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Chocolate Ricotta Pie

Chocolate Ricotta Pie



Prep Time:
 
Cook Time:
2 hours 
Serving Size:





Ingredients

  1. Crust:
  2. 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  3. 1/2 cup melted butter
  4. 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  5. Filling:
  6. 1 lb ricotta cheese
  7. 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  8. 1 tsp almond extract
  9. 1 cup toasted almonds
  10. 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  11. 1 1/4 cup heavy cream

Procedures

PRE-HEAT oven to 375F.
  1. MIX graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar together in a bowl. Shape inside 9” pie plate. If crust is too crumbly, add a small amount of butter so crumbs will hold together. Bake at 375 for 8-9 minutes, until lightly browned. Allow to cool.
  2. COMBINE ricotta, confectioner’s sugar, and almond extract in a bowl and set aside.
  3. COMBINE almonds and chocolate. Chop together in a food processor; do not chop too fine.
  4. FOLD together cheese mix and chopped almond & chocolate and chill.
  5. WHIP heavy cream until stiff. Fold into ricotta and chocolate mix half at a time.
  6. SPOON into chilled crust and let sit overnight before serving.
Serve with chocolate sauce, if desired.

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