Sunday, 28 June 2015

Berry Peachy Indeed!

Pesche, More, Ricotta & Fiocchi d'Avena al Forno
Baked Peaches, Blackberries, Ricotta & Oatmeal


On the first sunny morning in such a long time, I decided I should make something pretty to celebrate. And so I did!

Pretty and delicious enough to have been almost a dessert idea, these baked peaches were healthy and delicious and for sure, a "decadent" treat to be enjoyed without a hint of guilt... Hurray!

That's why I had a double portion as you can see- haha!


Forget all that you think you know about sweet dishes, the butter, the excess sugar, all of the bad stuff and concentrate on the good.

Do you love the flavor of ripe peaches? Cool! Buy some... And don't ruin them!

Do you like the flavor of berries, or do you prefer them to be sweetened-up a lot? If you crave the extra sweetness, open a jar of jam and save yourself the hassle!

Otherwise, follow me and I will show you how easy it is to make something really NICE without any nonsense! And with hardly any work at the same time...


I think you might be a little amazed again at how little I needed to prepare this... But hey! That's what I am almost famous for, haha!

Ok, hang on to your horses... This could get a little complicated! You will need peaches, blackberries, ricotta cheese, a little cinnamon, sugar and honey, a couple of spoonfuls of oatmeal and a sprig of mint if you like, as a garnish.

What you will not need is a recipe or for you in any way to stress yourselves!

At the risk of repeating myself too often, as much as it is a wonderful thing to use spices and seasonings to create wonderfully tasty dishes, if you let the flavors of the ingredients speak for themselves, they will take care of the hard work for you.

It is a matter of combining the flavors, the textures, the sweetness and the sourness... And it is not rocket science! It's a whole lot easier than a lot of people think!


Begin by halving some blackberries and sprinkling lightly with sugar and cinnamon... And no, you plainly do not need a recipe at all, stop worrying!


Next, halve the peaches (I had these lovely flat ones as you can see, but any will do) and add a teaspoon of ricotta to the center of each one. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon and turn on the oven... If you haven't already done so! And get it hot, hot, hot!


Sprinkle with a little oatmeal and then add a couple of tablespoons of water to the baking dish before popping it into a hot oven, at 200 C, for 20 minutes. Then, take it out and drizzle with a little honey... You will see that even just 1 teaspoon will go a very long way! Then back into the oven it goes for another 10 minutes or so, until the oatmeal begins to get toasty and brown.


The fruit will still be intact, but soft and juicy on the inside, the ricotta will have set lightly on the outside, but still remain creamy within and the oatmeal will be crunchy and delicious... Add those components to the hint of cinnamon and the berry syrup... And I would say yes! You have got everything that you could want right there!


Plain, unspoiled goodness... That's what I like.


Add a touch of mint to make it look even more lovely, but also because if you pluck the leaves apart and eat them along with the rest... You will love it even more! Always eat your garnishes, people!!!


Dig in... And find out!  

All I will say is... What's not to like? Enjoy!!!

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