Fresh Berries & Sweet Ricotta

55 min
6 servings

Sweetened homemade ricotta with berries and a raspberry sauce.



Homemade Ricotta (recipe follows)
tbsp sugar
tbsp liquid honey
1 ½
tsp pure vanilla extract
cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved or sliced, depending on size (see Cook's Note)
(6-oz) packages fresh raspberries
(6-oz) packages fresh blueberries
Fresh Raspberry Sauce (recipe follows)
Grated lemon zest, for serving

Homemade Ricotta

cups whole milk
cups heavy cream
tsp kosher salt
tbsp good white wine vinegar

Fresh Raspberry Sauce

(6-oz) package fresh raspberries
cup sugar
cup (12 oz) seedless raspberry jam, such as Tiptree (see Cook's Note)
tbsp framboise liqueur



Cook’s NoteWhen doing a repetitive task such as hulling strawberries, do all the hulling first and then all the slicing. It's faster! If you can't find seedless raspberry jam, you can heat 12 ounces of raspberry jam with seeds over medium heat and strain it through a sieve. Be sure to use real jam, not a "fruit spread."

Step 1

Place the Homemade Ricotta in a medium bowl and stir in the sugar, honey, and vanilla. Set aside at room temperature for up to 2 hours. In another bowl, combine the strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

Step 2

When ready to serve, divide the berries among 6 bowls. With an ice cream scoop, place a large dollop of the ricotta in each bowl and drizzle with lots of the Fresh Raspberry Sauce. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and serve.

Step 3

Set a fine-mesh sieve over a deep bowl. Dampen 2 pieces of cheesecloth with water and line the sieve with a double layer of the cheesecloth.

Step 4

Pour the milk and cream into a medium stainless-steel or enameled pot, such as Le Creuset, and stir in the salt. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and pour in the vinegar. Allow the mixture to stand for one minute, until it curdles. It will separate into thick parts (the curds) and milky parts (the whey).

Step 5

Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth-lined sieve and allow it to drain into the bowl at room temperature for 20 minutes (for soft ricotta) to 25 minutes (for firmer ricotta), occasionally discarding the liquid that collects in the bowl. Transfer the ricotta to a bowl, discarding the cheesecloth and any remaining liquid. Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Step 6

The ricotta will keep, refrigerated, for 4 to 5 days.

Step 7

Place the raspberries, sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 4 minutes. Pour the cooked raspberries, the jam, and the framboise into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until smooth. Pour into a container and chill. The sauce can be refrigerated for up to one week.

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