This is a big one guys. I mean seriously, it is dessert, but it is so healthy that you are perfectly justified eating it for breakfast, which is exactly what I did this morning. And there was not one morsel of guilt. Even though I was basically eating cheesecake for breakfast. Actually, I was eating Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta with Balsamic Macerated Cherries.
Yep, my foodie roots are showing big time. I’m ok with that. Because it was amazing.
At one of my favorite restaurants near me, they serve a cheese plate for dessert. Sometimes I get it for my appetizer or my meal instead. It is one of my favorite things in the world. I mean what’s not to love about a plate of cheese? Lord knows, I have certainly be obsessed with ricotta cheese these days.
Aside from coming with cheese though, it is served with this little bowl of cherries soaked in balsamic vinegar. They. Are. So. Good. They are sweet and juicy and yummy and all kinds of delicious. And you know what? They taste so good with cheese, it’s incredible.
And then I realized something. Even though it would be sort of sad for me to go to this restaurant right now because they serve incredible pasta and I can’t do the gluten these days… it dawned on me. I could still enjoy my cherries and cheese.
There was such a happy dance that happened when I realized this that I was borderline embarrassed for myself even though no one was home to witness my bout of insanity other than my dogs.
And the happy dance was worth it. This was truly amazing. Creamy, delicious, and sweet and accented with savory sweetness of the balsamic cherries.
Even better, it looks beautiful and fancy, like you slaved away over it for hours and it’s the easiest dessert/breakfast/brunch/snack I have ever made. No lie, it only took me 5 minutes to prep to get in the oven.
Amazing. This honey glazed baked ricotta will definitely be showing up in my kitchen a lot. In fact, I think this Christmas, I will make a spread of different baked ricottas with all kinds of different tastings. Just think, this is something totally worth looking forward to.
By the way, did I mention that this is healthy? I used fat free ricotta and there is no sugar in it. One serving of it has under 200 calories and it is full of calcium and protein, which pretty much makes this perfect for bikini season.
Ingredients(Makes 4-6 servings)
For the Baked Ricotta:
- 1 full container of fat free ricotta cheese (about 1 4/5 cups)
- 1/3 cup of honey, divided
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup of Stevia
- 1 tbs vanilla
For the Balsamic Mascerated Cherries
- 2 cups of frozen cherries that are depitted (you could use fresh ones, particularly since cherries are in season now, but it would be a pain in the butt to pit them all)
- 1/2 cup of good balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs of honey
- 2 tbs of Stevia
How to Make:
- The night before you intend to bake the ricotta, defrost your cherries. Whisk together your balsamic, 1 tbs of honey and 2 tbs of Stevia. Pour the balsamic mixture over the cherries and cover them. Let them hang out in your fridge overnight.
- When you are ready to bake your ricotta, preheat your oven to 375. Put a shallow bowl of water on the bottom rack.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together your eggs, 1/4 cup of honey, Stevia, and vanilla until well combined. Pour mixture into a medium oven safe dish and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is starting to get solid.
- After 15-20 minutes, pour your remaining honey on top. Return to the oven for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the top is lightly golden and springs back to the touch.
- Let cool. Take a knife and gently run it along the sides of the dish and turn out onto a plate. Top with the balsamic cherries. Enjoy for breakfast, brunch or dessert.
That’s it. I can’t stand it anymore. I’m going back to the fridge to have some more. The pictures made me hungry. Enjoy!
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