Amaretti, ricotta & pear crumble cake with chocolate chips

Amaretti, ricotta & pear crumble cake with chocolate chips

By 09/02/2018

Ricotta cheese is widely used in Italian cakes. It has a light and moist consistency making it ideal for desserts and cakes. Personally I have always loved ricotta. There is however a big difference between fresh ricotta made at a dairy and the ricotta readily available in supermarkets especially if you want to eat it on its own. When adding ricotta to cakes, the supermarket one is perfectly OK since it is only one of several ingredients. It is also quite difficult to find freshly made ricotta outside of Italy (although not impossible).

If you like ricotta you are going to love this one; a crumbly cake with ricotta, amaretti, pears and chocolate chips. I promise it won't take long to make and it is easy as you can simplify the process by making the pastry in a processor. This cake is a real delight with a cup of coffee or tea.. so perhaps an idea for something to make at the weekend!

Check out my other ricotta amaretti cake too!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes
  • Yield : 8



Put the flour, the baking powder, the eggs, the sugar, the vanilla and the diced butter in a processor and quickly whiz until you will have a sandy consistency.

Put 3/4 of the mixture in a round springform greased baking tin measuring approx 25 cm or 10 inch. Press it down well with a spoon.

In a bowl mix the ricotta cheese with the egg and the amaretti. Mix well and crush the amaretti using a wooden spoon. If you find it easier you can crush the amaretti before hand.

Spread the ricotta mixture onto the pastry. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Peel and core the pears, slice them and place them on top of the ricotta mixture.

Ricotta, pear, amaretti cake

Cover them up with the remaining crumb pastry. Wet the almonds with a little water so they won't burn during cooking and sprinkle them on top. Bake at 180C or 350F for approximately 40 minutes. Keep an eye on it after 30 minutes.

Pear, ricotta and amaretti crumble cake slice

Ricotta, pear, amaretti crumble cake with chocolate chips

Ricotta, pear, amaretti crumble cake with chocolate chips

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17 Responses to Amaretti, ricotta & pear crumble cake with chocolate chips

  1. maria

    This dessert has all of my favorite ingredients… especially the ricotta. I have pinned to try. Thanks for sharing Alida β™₯

    • Alida

      Yes very Italian ingredients, I particularly love amaretti in cakes.

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I come over for the afternoon tea, Alida πŸ™‚ The cake looks super and I just can’t resist anything with crumble!

    • Alida

      That would be nice, you never know one day!

  3. Joann

    Can i make the the pear crumble cake with apples?

    • Alida

      Yes that would work very well

  4. Chiara

    l’aspetto Γ¨ delizioso, segno la ricetta, voglio farla ! Buon we, un bacione

    • Alida

      Sempre buona con la ricotta e amaretti.

  5. gloria

    really delicious Alida!! looks wonderful! I love amaretti!

    • Alida

      Thanks Gloria

  6. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    I absolutely don’t use Ricotta enough and must start putting it in my shopping basket more often. Your cake looks incredible and the combination of flavours and ingredients is perfect x

    • Alida

      Thanks Kate, this combo always seems to work in cakes. I have been making different types of amaretti and ricotta cakes over the years and they have always (or almost always) been successful!

  7. Agness of Run Agness Run

    This is such an appetizing dessert which is making my mouth watering, Alida! I love easy and quick recipes, so I can’t wait to try this one. πŸ˜‰

    • Alida

      I must make more desserts with ricotta, they always end up being the best ones!

  8. Robert Barrie

    Followed your recipe for this amaretti pear crumble cake but after using processor the mixture was more like dough than sandy as described. Was it right please ?

    • Alida

      Hi Robert,
      Yes that will be fine, it will work anyway. You can add more amaretti cookies if you like them.

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