Ricotta Mascarpone Pie – the rarity of ricotta


Loads of stuff in the fridge and cupboards to get rid of (leftovers, sort of, yet again – oh, the kinship!). With the ricotta and mascarpone cheeses I bought for a recipe I did not end up making, I threw together a ricotta-mascarpone pie with a gingersnap crust. I don’t know why.

Cheeses - pie to die for

Cheeses – pie to die for

The pie makes me think of my dear Italian friend in Iceland and the impossibility and rarity of finding ricotta and mascarpone in that far-flung island nation. When she visited me, she wanted to buy ricotta to take back – and of course that was the one time it could not be found. But then, although Iceland has some great dairy products of its own (skyr and Icelandic butter being the best!), some of the cheeses leave much to be desired.

Ricotta-mascarpone pie recipe
1 cup ricotta cheese
4 ounces/115 grams mascarpone cheese
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350F/175C

Crust: About one cup of crushed graham crackers or gingersnaps, melted butter – press into a pan, bake at 350F for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven before pouring in the ricotta mascarpone filling

Filling: Mix ricotta, mascarpone, eggs, vanilla and sugar. Beat until smooth. Pour into pie crust.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes. Chill for at least a few hours, if not overnight. Should be cold and firm when serving.

Halloween cookie time


I always make a mix of cookies and cupcakes, following the principle of “something for everyone”. Despite my attempts to provide variety, it is possible that there is not always something for everyone. I know that people, such as vegans, those allergic to dairy, to nuts, to eggs, to wheat… most of these people won’t find any satisfaction in my baked goods. I imagine I will do something to accommodate these differences, but I don’t seem to ever get around to it.

I used my standard recipe for white chocolate macadamia cookies to make chocolate chip cookies using a package of Halloween chips:

Halloween chocolate chip cookie recipe

Halloween snickerdoodle recipe

Gingersnap cookie recipe

Witch finger cookie recipe

cartloads of halloween cookies

A whole cart of Halloween cookies, from Halloween chocolate chips & Halloween snickerdoodles, to gingersnaps topped with pumpkin spice kisses and witch fingers

full of win shortbread

Halloween shortbread slices

halloween chip choco chip

Orange and brown chocolate chip cookies – autumn & Halloween theme