Ricotta-filled Chocolate Ravioli

This is a savoury dish that will get conversations (and your tastebuds) going….. Serves 6 people.

500ml bread flour
190ml cocoa powder
5 eggs
2,5ml salt

For the filling:
250ml ricotta cheese
80g dark/bitter chocolate, finely chopped
a pinch of salt

100g butter
20 sage leaves

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt together onto a clean work surface.
Make a well in the centre and put in the eggs.
Mix the eggs with your fingers and gradually draw in the flour and cocoa mixture to form a soft, but not sticky, dough.
Add more flour or egg, if needed, to get the right consistency.
Knead for 10 minutes until you have a smooth and elastic dough.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and leave in the fridge to chill for one hour.

Mix the ricotta, chopped chocolate and a pinch of salt with a wooden spoon until smooth.
Roll the pasta through a pasta machine.
Lay one sheet of pasta flat and form walnut-sized balls with the ricotta mixture. Place the ricotta balls onto the sheet of pasta.
Wet the area around the ricotta-balls with water and lay a second sheet of pasta on top.
Press down and around the ricotta balls so that the top sheet of pasta sticks.
Cut individual ravioli shapes with a round cutter and cook them for three minutes in simmering water.
Keep warm while making the sage-butter.

Add the butter to a small saucepan and place it on a high heat.
Allow the butter to melt and then to caramelise – regulate the heat: you want the butter to turn brown and become nutty without burning.
Add the sage leaves once the butter has browned and immediately turn off the heat. Be careful the butter will spatter as you add the sage.

Arrange the cooked ravioli on plates and spoon the butter and sage over.
Serve with a crusty bread.

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