Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ricotta Cheese Pudding

I haven't made my Chocolate Cannoli Cake in ages. It's a lovely dessert with an orange-scented ricotta cheese mixture swirled into the batter; remarkably, it's both rich and light at the same time.

The other night, I wanted the flavors of the cake but didn't want to bother baking. I'd also just made a blueberry cake that morning, and hardly needed a second seductress in the house calling to me sweetly!

So instead, I simply took the ricotta filling that is swirled into the cake batter (minus the raw egg, of course, since no cooking would be involved) and made it into a pudding instead.

This is light, refreshing, and absolutely ridiculously easy to make. If it's too hot out to cook or you need an elegant finish to a summer meal, this is the dessert you've been waiting for.

It's also perfect if you just want a slightly sweet, cool dessert at the end of the day. This pudding can be anything you need it to be ....

Italian Ricotta Cheese Pudding

1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
very finely grated zest of 1 large orange
juice of 1/4 orange
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
5 cinnamon graham cookie sticks, crushed

Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl; mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight for the flavors to develop, then spoon into decorative serving glasses. Sprinkle cookie crumbs over the top of the puddings.

Serves 4-6.


Unknown said...

Now that looks like a little piece of heaven in a cup!! YUM!!

Nicole said...

Holy Moly! I think I am in love!

Angela said...

What a lovely idea--perfect in this heat!

Vanillabeanseed said...

OH YUM that looks good!!

Anonymous said...

Well, I must say you get 10 points for originality. The recipe looks so deceptively simple and I imagine it's delicious. This would be perfect after a summer meal. Or, heck, after a winter meal!

Laura said...

Oh yeah, I'm with Nicole on this one... I'm in love with this too!

Miriam said...

Lovely treat!
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Have a great weekend!
Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Candace said...

I can only imagine how delicious this tastes!

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