I have to be honest…pasta for dessert was pretty tough. But, after much internet searching, I settled on homemade chocolate ravioli with a peppermint cream cheese filling. Since I have never, ever, ever made pasta on my own, I found a chocolate ravioli dough online and simply cut it down to make less. The filling was my own idea. I will say that these were pretty good, but I think that having a pasta maker would be a huge advantage so that the dough gets thin enough… rolling it by hand just doesn’t get the dough as thin as it should be. If I ever get a pasta maker, I will definitely revisit this recipe and try them again.
FRIED CHOCOLATE RAVIOLI WITH PEPPERMINT CREAM CHEESE FILLING
For the dough:
1 ¼ cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Dash of salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 tablespoons water
For the filling:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
1 tablespoon crushed peppermint candy
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the egg, oil, and water, and use a large spoon to stir until the dough starts to form. Use your hands to get the dough completely mixed. Set aside.
In another large bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and peppermint extract together with a mixer until well mixed. Stir in the crushed peppermint candy.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface as thin as possible. Using a large, round cookie cutter, cut circles of dough out. Put a small dollop of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each dough circle, then fold them over in a half-moon shape and crimp the ends together well. (You may want to use a little water to seal the ends together.)
Fry the ravioli in hot vegetable oil, for 3-5 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle immediately with powdered sugar.
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg