A Ricotta Torta and Another Royal Wedding

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Millions watched as Kate Middleton took her first steps out of the limo and into Westminster Abbey, transforming into a princess before our eyes. Her effervescent beauty illuminated from her ethereal veil - truly a vision of understated elegance. Many were surprised at the classic choice of her flawlessly constructed gown. From her delicate lace sleeves to her satin train, Kate looked like a storybook princess come to life. Strikingly similar, Kate’s dress was reminiscent of the stunning Grace Kelly’s wedding gown.

grace-kelly-wedding-dress.jpgFifty-five years ago, the ‘50’s movie star-turned-princess married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Grace Kelly embodied Hollywood glamour as a celebrated actress and style icon. With her super-model figure, golden hair, and warm, inviting eyes, Grace became the woman countless fans tried to emulate. Her pure sophistication and effortless beauty made her popularity thrive well into the 21st century.

Grace’s wedding was a worldwide phenomenon as she went from being one of the most popular actresses of her time to a legitimate princess. From the outside looking in, her life seemed like an unimaginable fairy tale. On her wedding day, the statuesque beauty looked every part the beautiful princess. Grace’s sheer long-sleeved lace overlay embedded with pearls, fitted sweetheart bodice, and full silk skirt created a classic silhouette.

Topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar, like an overlay of lace, torta di ricotta is like Grace Kelly’s ivory wedding dress. Delicate in flavor and regal in presentation, this Sicilian dessert has enchanted Italians for generations. Made with a luscious ricotta filling and buttery pie crust, the simple yet refined taste makes this timeless recipe an exceptional delicacy.

The sweet rich flavor of the ricotta filling gives this dessert its distinctive flavor. Served as the perfect ending to a holiday meal, this special treat remains an Italian classic, just like the timeless appeal of the beloved actress and princess, Grace Kelly.

Ricotta Torta (from The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions, 2nd edition)

1 lb ricottta
4 tbs white flour
5 tbs sugar
4 egg yolks
2 egg whites
Peel of 1 lemon, grated
8 ounces dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao), shaved

Place ricotta in a bowl. Add in sugar, flour, and egg yolks. Stir all ingredients in with a wooden spoon. Then add in grated lemon peel and shaved chocolate. Beat egg whites in separate bowl until firm peaks form. Fold gently into ricotta mixture. Butter and flour a cake pan and pour in mixture.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool. Dust top with powdered sugar.

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Celebrity chef and award-winning author Maria Liberati is considered one of the foremost experts on Italian cuisine and culture in the United States. Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for her best-selling recipe novel series The Basic Art of Italian Cooking and her blog. Maria divides her…

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