Wednesday, June 15, 2011
There is nothing nicer than a delicious dessert to finish off a meal. The only thing is sometimes I find them just a little too sweet, so when I was given this recipe I was delighted to find that it provided the perfect end to a meal without too much sweetness. However, don't be put off by this it is really delicious.
The ricotta mixed with the cream cuts through the sweetness, and when the cherry juices soak through into it, it not only tastes good but looks good too. Easy enough for a mid week treat but also special enough to serve at your next dinner party.
200g cherries (170g) stoned weight Serves 4
4 tbsp sugar.
Cook the stoned cherries in a pan with the sugar on a low heat until softened, about 10-15 mins. At this point I add a splash of brandy but it is optional!
Leave to cool in pan.
250g ricotta, 200ml double cream
piece of vanilla stick.
Whip cream until stiff. Scrape out vanilla seeds and whisk into the ricotta with the icing sugar. Mix into the cream. Refrigerate.
Meanwhile put 70g sugar into a pan with 50g almonds. Put on low heat and leave until sugar melts, DO NOT stir. You will tell it is ready when the sugar is dissolved you can smell the caramel. Pour out on to a sheet of greaseproof paper and spread out. Leave to cool.
When cold put another sheet of greaseproof paper on top and and pound until you have shards of praline.
To make up put a some cherries into the bottom of a glass, add ricotta mousse and finish with a cherry. This can be done up to an hour before serving. Just before serving add the praline, if you do this earlier it will melt into the mousse.
So easy you will be making it a regular dessert in your home too. Hope you enjoy it.