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Lisa’s Ricotta Pudding

Lisa's Ricotta Pudding

This rich, creamy pudding is very simple and quick to make. It tastes superb topped with fresh red fruit such as strawberries, cherries, or raspberries that have been sprinkled with a liqueur or a high-quality balsamic vinegar. In fact, this would be a good time to use an aged balsamic vinegar, its delicate perfume and savory-sweet flavor pairs deliciously with the fresh fruit. Please note, this pudding does contain raw egg.

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Lisa’s Ricotta Pudding Ingredients

18 ounces (about 2 ½ cups) ricotta

½ cup sugar

4 large eggs, separated

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

½ cup finely chopped candied fruit

2/3 cup golden raisins

1 ¼ cups heavy cream

3 tablespoons Strega liqueur or galliano (optional)

2/3 cup crushed Amaretto cookies

Lisa’s Ricotta Pudding Directions:

In a large bowl, beat together the ricotta, sugar, egg yolks, and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Add the candied fruit and raisins and beat again until well combined.

Lisa's Ricotta Pudding

In a medium bowl using an electric mixer, beat the cream until firm peaks form, then fold the cream alternatively with the liqueur into the ricotta mixture. Wash and dry the beaters of the mixer well. In a separate, clean bowl beat the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the cheese mixture until evenly incorporated. Pour into individual glasses or a large serving bowl, then chill for 4-6 hours. Sprinkle the crushed amaretti evenly over the top before serving.

Lisa's Ricotta Pudding



  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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