- 1 ¼ lb berries (wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc)
- 3 ½ oz sugar
- ½ lb confectioners sugar
- 1 cup Marsala wine
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 package vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)
- 1 ¼ lb ricotta cheese
- 7 oz ladyfinger cookies
- 4 oz butter
- ¾ oz gelatin
- ½ lb whipped cream
Quickly wash the berries and place most of them in a bowl, reserving some of the berries for the garnish.
Sprinkle the berries in the bowl with about 3,5 oz of sugar, douse with Marsala wine and leave to steep in a cool place for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, wrap the ladyfingers in a dishtowel and crush them against a work surface. Brush the bottom of a round springform pan with melted butter, then sprinkle with crushed cookies.
Use the bottom of a glass to press them down to form a flat, compact layer. Place the cake pan in the refrigerator.
Using the tongs of a fork, break apart the ricotta and place it in a separate bowl. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and vanillin. Whisk together, then add egg yolks and continue whisking until you have a smooth cream. Soften the gelatin in warm water for 10 minutes, then add to the cream.
Then add the berries and chilled whipped cream.
Pour this mixture into the cake pan on top of the layer of crushed ladyfingers. Level off the surface and decorate the cake with the remaining berries. Place back in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
At the time of serving, remove the sides from the mold and slide the cake on its metal base onto a serving plate.
Bring to the table and slice into portions.
The ancient Romans consumed strawberries not only for their flavor, but also because they believed that they were an aphrodisiac of divine origin. In fact, according to legend, young Adonis was so handsome that Venus, the goddess of beauty fell in love with him and, thanks to her master plan, she was able to make him her lover. When the god Mars, another lover of Venus, learned of her relationship with Adonis, he turned himself into a wild boar and killed young Adonis while he was out hunting. When the goddess found out and realized that there was nothing that she could do to save him, she began to cry. She cried the same amount of tears as drops of blood that Adonis had bled. The tears and the blood mixed together and formed tiny little red hearts, which were none other than strawberries containing all the passion of Venus and Adonis.
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