Beggar's Purse

Beggar's Purse

Recipe courtesy of Firetap Alehouse, Anchorage

Yield: 12 servings

1 cup butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
2 16-oz packages phyllo dough (also spelled "filo") (thaw if frozen)
1 large chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting (in layer and on top), cut into 3-inch square pieces (Any chocolate layer cake or even a frosted brownie would work)
6 cups ricotta cheese sweetened with 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
6 cups warm hot fudge sauce

Melt together the butter, sugar and water, and place in a spray bottle. Keep this mixture warm while assembling the purses. To build each purse, spread three pieces of phyllo dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Spray the phyllo dough with the butter mixture. Place one square of chocolate cake on the phyllo dough. Top with 1/2 cup of warm hot fudge sauce, then top with ricotta cheese mixture. Lightly spray with butter mixture. Wrap the phyllo dough around the cake, cheese and chocolate, and twist the top to look like a flower. Spray the purse again before baking. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Top with hot fudge sauce and serve warm.