Monday, 26 January 2015

Simply Fruitiful!

Ricotta, Arancia Sanguine, Mirtilli, Miele, Menta & Pistacchio
Ricotta, Blood Orange, Blueberry, Honey, Mint & Pistachio


Sick and tired of how dark and dull the days have been of late, I decided to cheer myself up and bring a bit of Sicilian sunshine into my life this evening!

You will pleased to hear that you can make this dessert, which is mind-blowingly beautiful and delicious, with absolutely no cooking required- all you need is a sharp knife, a whisk, and 10-15 minutes time! Are you ready, folks?


There is no recipe required here- just a little construction work, before you get in there with a fork and de-construct it! Haha!


2 tablespoons of fresh ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon of honey, 4-5 segments of blood orange and a few blueberries are all you will need for each portion of this yummy dessert- add a couple of leaves of fresh mint and a sprinkle of ground pistachio... and you are but 15 minutes away from one of the most delicious desserts you have ever had.


The only work you will have is to take a couple of strips of orange zest and to chop them finely, to sprinkle over the finished dessert and to peel the rest, cutting away all of the white when you do so. Using a sharp knife, cut out the segments of orange and set them to one side.


Add 1 teaspoon of honey to the ricotta and whisk it up into a smooth cream for 2-3 minutes- and even if you are not the greatest fan of fresh ricotta because it has a rather "grainy" texture, (like me)- you will find that it becomes smooth and creamy and delicious! And just sweet enough whilst not being overpowering... perfect!


Set the ricotta onto your dish and swirl it with a spoon or fork into an rough spiral shape- no need to try to be accurate! Now add the orange segments, also in a spiral pattern. Add a few berries here and there, sprinkle with a little of the finely chopped orange zest and scatter with a little pistachio- easy!

Add a few leaves of mint and drizzle with the remaining tad of honey- and your masterpiece is complete!


Obviously, it looks amazing- but honestly... it is the combination of flavors- fresh, juicy, tangy, sweet, creamy and that hint of nuttiness from the pistachio- it really does taste better than it looks!

And isn't that great?!?


Something that looks this good, is so easy to make and so unpretentious in its ingredients... well- to me, it is absolutely what great food is all about!


So beautiful, I can hardly believe I made it myself!

And best of all- you will be thinking the same thing, when you make it, too!

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