Fresh Ricotta with Caramelized Pineapple/Banana Topping

I wouldn’t even say it’s a recipe (it’s too simple to be called that); it’s more of a suggestion, one of a hundred possible ways to enjoy fresh cheese. And the cheese has to be fresh. So, either make your own (what I usually do) or buy it from a reputable source. Here, I processed the freshly made ricotta in a food processor to make it smooth and silky, added some lime zest and juice, a bit of sugar, drop of vanilla, pinch of salt. I topped the ricotta with thinly sliced pineapple and banana, brushed with a little bit of melted butter, sprinkled with raw sugar, and caramelized the last with a torch. Simple, indeed, but yet, it makes quite a delicious dessert.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh whole fat ricotta cheese (I personally don’t favor a low fat variety, but if you count calories – go with a low fat cheese instead)
  • 2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar, sifted (or to taste)
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tbsp)
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • About ½ small pineapple, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • About 2 bananas, peeled, thinly sliced
  • About 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • About ¼ cup raw sugar (I used Turbinado)

Preparation:

Lightly spray with oil four 4-inch shallow baking dishes. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the ricotta, sugar, zest, juice, vanilla extract, and salt. Process until smooth. Divide the mixture between the prepared baking dishes and top with the sliced fruits. Brush the fruits lightly with the melted butter and sprinkle about 1 tbsp of the raw sugar over the top of each dessert. Caramelize with a blowtorch, following carefully the manufacturer’s instruction. I don’t like to broil; a quick blowtorching doesn’t heat the ricotta yet provides a nice contrast between hot and crackly sugar crust and cool smooth cheese. Decorate with some additional lime zest if you wish and serve immediately.

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28 Responses to “Fresh Ricotta with Caramelized Pineapple/Banana Topping”

  1. Sometimes, the simplest things are the best. That looks like something you could serve to a crowd, who upon tasting, would express disbelief at how little effort was required to whip up something so delicious.

  2. Cheese and sweet fruit go so well together. I love this suggestion!! I want to make it myself. I’ve never made ricotta, but I really want to try. Your post is my motivation to get in the kitchen and do it!

  3. Why make it complicated if simple can do the trick? Love the idea.

  4. A dessert in the lap of luxury Vera. I love fresh cheese & i think it pairs beautiflly with fruit!

  5. Oh BTW, have you got a how to make ricotta posted here? Thanks. xoxoxo

  6. Well I think this qualifies as a dessert recipe :), especially when it’s served up like that. I have yet to make my own cheese, oh how it intimidates me :D; I think I’m missing out!

  7. Lovely food styling!

  8. Mmm… that looks so good. I recently had fresh ricotta for the first time- it is a completely different creature than the packaged store bought stuff (which I don’t think I’ll ever be able to buy again). Do you think this would work under the broiler since I don’t have a kitchen torch?

  9. So pretty and it sound delicious. What a great idea for a healthful dessert!

  10. How pretty and delicious looking, Vera. I agree with you on using a torch vs the broiler. I do the same thing with my Creme Brulee.
    Would you mind sharing your recipe for making ricotta cheese?

    Thanks,
    Hanaa

  11. I’m not a big fan of ricotta- but that looks too good and worth trying :)

  12. I love this idea! Smooth ricotta and caramelized fruit sounds so fresh!

  13. This must be a sure winner! Lovely, simple, and delicious – a definite must for me to try. Love the photos too!

  14. What a great idea! That fruity dessert really looks delicious. refreshing and flavorful!

    Cheers,

    rosa

  15. Oh gosh, the perfect comfort food!! I love this and will definitely try it!

  16. This looks delicious, and sounds like it might even work on my diet! Yummy…

  17. I had some amazingly fresh ricotta in the fridge. And I needed to use it up. How perfect I stumbled across your recipe.

  18. This looks soo delicious and I just made some homemade cheese, so we’ll just have to try it out :)

  19. i’d go ahead and call that a recipe, and a darn good one at that. i think i’d enjoy anything that’s been caramelized. :)

  20. Oh my. this is a wonderful creation.

  21. Oh, man! Good thing I didn’t put that tropical outfit away! This looks lovely. So simple too…

    Kate

  22. Thank you, everyone, very much for your wonderful comments!

    Jen, the broiler will work.

    Deeba, Hanaa, I’ve just posted the recipe I usually use.

    Kate, glad you still have this outfit :)

  23. Ummmmm!!!! Banana are great, here, in my place.. and also ananas.. your desset looks so nice…

    Ana

  24. Simply stunning!! Simple is always the way to go

  25. Ana, Asti, thank you!

  26. I am so glad that I found your beaty of a food blog!! You cook & bake like I want to eat!! This dessert is stunning!!

  27. Sophie, thank you very much for all your kind comments! I am very much obliged!

  28. This looks absolutely tasty yet easy. I haven’t made a cheese recipe for quite some time now and your recipe is very impressive. Image is wonderful too. Nice post.

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