Sweet Ricotta with Mixed Berries

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Berries with wine or liqueur

 

Mixed Berries with Riccota and Mint

This is so simple and yet so spectacular to pair fresh berries, with cream, pastry crust, herb or liqueur. Here I used ricotta cheese, beat it with confectioners’ sugar. No recipe is needed. (I found a similar salad of blackberries, raspberries, melon and lemon thyme in Diana Henry’s Plenty where she suggested sweet ricotta.) Taste the cream and adjust accordingly. Or you can use a combination of ricotta and mascarpone cheese, if you have some around. Creme fraiche goes well also. To make it a heathy dessert, or breakfast, use Greek yogurt with some honey instead.

Sprinkle some finely chopped mint on the plate. Lemon thyme is another nice herb to add to enhance the flavor of the berries.

When you are in the mood for it, add some wine or liqueur to the mixed berries. Ordinary wines are inevitably enhanced with the berries, and so are the berries. Add slices of strawberry in any red wine left in a glass at the end of the meal, you’d understand what I mean.

I use store-bought puff pastry. Bake it for about 40 minutes at a 400°F oven until the crust browns. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Spread some berry jam on the pastry, then arrange fresh berries on top and serve. Minimal effort; maximum result.

Sweet, boozy, superfood and losses…. This post is dedicated to Deb from Hawaii (see IHCC post), whose mom just passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim
    May 24, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a sweet,colorful,and healthy dessert recipe for Deb! This is exactly the kind of thing I love to eat:) Gorgeous!

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    Grace Phua
    May 25, 2015 at 1:53 am

    I love your ricotta with berries. The colours of the berries brighten up the day 🙂

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    kitchen flavours
    May 25, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Such a lovely sweet dish! Would definitely light up a smile!

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    Joanne T Ferguson
    May 31, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I love the combination of ricotta and berries and while a sad time still for Deb I am glad we are joined together by our tribute in Honor of Deb!

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    Deb in Hawaii
    June 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks so much for your kind thoughts and words Shirley. I have been working on healing and am finally getting around to seeing all of the lovely posts. I have not been cooking too much but have been making the most of enjoying summer berries and this looks like a delicious way to do it. Love both the mint and the lemon thyme idea–it's one of my favorites. Aloha, Deb

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    flour.ish.en
    June 24, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a lovely note. Take the time you need to restore and recharge. Looking forward to your return when you're ready.

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