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Bake Off’s Chocolate and Ricotta Cassatelle – How to make Paul Hollywood’s complex pastry dessert as seen on this week’s technical challenge – The Sun

LAST NIGHT Great British Bake Off returned to our screens for Festival Week.

For the technical challenge, bakers tried their hand at Paul's Chocolate and Ricotta Cassatelle, but could you master it at home, too?

What is a Chocolate and Ricotta Cassatelle?

According to host Sandi Toksvig the Sicilian dish is a pastry crescent served with a smooth and creamy ricotta, flavoured with chocolate orange and fried until crispy and golden.

What is the recipe for Chocolate and Ricotta Cassatelle?

Ingredients (for the filling):

  1. 250g ricotta
  2. 50g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  3. Finely grated zest of one small orange
  4. 50g dark chocolate chips, chopped

Ingredients (for the dough):

  1. 250g plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  2. 50g caster sugar
  3. Finely grated zest of one small lemon
  4. One large egg
  5. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. 1 tbsp Marsala wine
  8. A little water

Method

  1. For the dough, make a stiff pliable dough
  2. Kneed until smooth
  3. Divide the dough into four sections
  4. Sieve the strained ricotta until smooth
  5. Make the filling by mixing ricotta, zest and the chocolate chips
  6. Flatten one ball into a rectangle and feed through a pasta machine
  7. Cut into rounds, fill and seal, crimp the edges with a fork
  8. Deep fry, before dusting to finish

What did Paul Hollywood say about the Chocolate and Ricotta Cassatelle?

Paul Hollywood said the key to mastering the Chocolate and Ricotta Cassatelle is all about "perfect textures".

He explained the deep-friend Italian dish "is about the perfect textures both inside and out".

What was the theme for this week's episode?

This week was Festival Week and Noel and Sandi hosted a special festival-themed round of the baking competition.

The episode kicked off with a signature challenge in which the bakers took inspiration from celebrations across the world.

The contestants were tasked with making Paul's Sicilian dish in the technical challenge – Chocolate and Ricotta Cassatelle.

Finally, the Showstopper put the bakers' precision and creativity to the test before judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith crowned Henry as star baker.

The show runs every Tuesday for four more weeks.

Last month, we showed you how to make Paul's classic fig rolls from Bake Off Biscuit Week.

We also revealed Bake Off fans were furious as Paul Hollywood ‘steals’ Mary Berry’s soggy bottom catchphrase.

And we told you Bake Off viewers were in tears as Michael broke down again during technical challenge.

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