You know, Americans go mad for the cheesecake. They have distinct variants of the popular cake, but the desserts that have the cheese among the main ingredients are definitely not an invention made in the US since actually they have their roots in the earliest traditional Italian cuisine.
Yeah, once again the Italians have been in first place. The Italian culinary heritage has dozens of old dessert recipes made with cheese and more than 200 recipes of sweet cakes with cheese are famous.
In Emilia-Romagna, especially in the province of Parma, there’s a delicious ricotta cheese cake, light and sweet, covered with a delicious coating of dark chocolate.
In Abruzzo different desserts for supremacy: by the regional pizza with ricotta and cream to the Easter”pizza” with cheese, fruit and eggs.
In Campania we can’t neglect to mention that the famous Neapolitan pastiera, a pastry filled with sweet ricotta and cooked wheat. According to an ancient legend, after some fishermen’s wives left a baskets with ricotta, candied fruit, wheat, eggs and orange flowers on a shore as offerings for the sea, so that their husbands might have a safe journey and would come back home soon. In the morning they returned to the beach to welcome their husbands and noticed that during the night the waves had blended the ingredients and created a cake: the pastiera. Surely this cake accompanied the early pagan festivals to celebrate the return of Spring.
An exception is made for the tiramisù, famous throughout Italy and the world. Each Italian area has its own variant of tiramisù. By way of example, if you happen to be in Rome you need to try the famous tiramisù by Pompi, a local old who makes a tasty tiramisù, including some imaginative variations, advocated with of the guidebooks of Rome.
But in the field of cheese cakes that the winners are the two big islands of Italy, Sardinia and Sicily, where the typical sweets made with cheese become numerous. The Sicilian cassata is totally amazing: for the uninitiated, it is a typical cake made with ricotta cheese, enriched with chocolate chips, covered with icing sugar and finely decorated with candied fruit. Its origins date back to the Arab rule in Sicily (IX-XI century AD). Along with the ricotta has been created in Sicily since ancient times.
The Sardinians have was true magicians pastry. As a matter of fact, in the island you can select among an endless range of soft or crunchy sweets made with traditional cheeses. Just to name a few, the cassateddi and the pardulas, the former with a half moon shape and a heart of ricotta, the latter round-shaped and filled with a pecorino cream. But in Sardinia you can not miss the sebadas, fried pastries made of durum wheat flour and stuffed with sweet cheese, flavored with lemon peel or orange or the special sweet ravioli filled with fresh goat cheese, eggs, sugar and lemon, a real treat that conveys historical sacred festivals.