This delicious recipe will be ready in less than in 15 minutes. Whipped ricotta with roasted cherries on toast is real perfection. The spread is zingy, flavoursome and silky, and you can also roast any stone fruits you like. Heaven.
In summertime, there’s nothing better than a recipe that doesn’t require a lot of preparation and cooking time, but delivers all the goodness. This recipe is exactly like that – whipped ricotta won’t take any time to make, but the zinginess from the lemon and the freshness from the thyme sprigs means it’s bursting with flavour.
I’m getting more and more adventurous with my spreads and dips (you can check out my other recipes here). Dips are so easy to create, but when they’re done in the right way – they can be absolutely outstanding and the star of the night. This is why I feel whipped ricotta could be one of the best sweet spreads ever for your summer picnics or dinner parties.
Serve this spread with warm toast, a drizzle of fresh honey (if you can get it) and a few thyme leaves. I’m telling you – it’s so delicious, that you’ll be blown away.
Whipped Ricotta Spread: Ingredients
To make a sweet, whipped ricotta spread, you’ll need just a handful of ingredients:
- Whole milk ricotta – this is the base of this recipe, so you’ll need the best ricotta you can find to get the very best flavour.
- Lemon – oh… I can’t even describe how much I love the sharpness of lemon in this spread. It just screams summer!
- Honey – lovely, earthy honey adds sweetness to the spread, but feel free to swap this ingredient for olive oil if you fancy a savoury option.
- Salt – like every single recipe, this spread requires a pinch of salt. This helps bring all the flavours together and creates a cohesive spread.
Whipped Ricotta Spread: Toppings
This time I used roasted cherries and apricots to top my whipped ricotta. The reason why I went down this route, is I wanted summer natural sweetness from my ingredients. However, trust me, this is not the only topping you could choose:
- Instead of choosing stone fruits, select lovely berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.
- Go for a savoury option. Instead of using honey, swap this ingredient for olive oil and fresh parsley.
- Select a refreshing option and add a bunch of fresh mint (you can also add a drop of peppermint extract)
Whipped Ricotta Spread: FAQs
- How long can this spread be stored in the fridge?
This spread can stay in the fridge for up to a week.
- Can I make this spread savoury instead of sweet?
Yes! Just skip honey from the recipe and swap this ingredient for olive oil and a bunch of fresh herbs.
- How should I serve this spread?
I really recommend serving this dish chilled. It just gives the freshness and subtle flavours.
- How else can I use whipped ricotta?
You can serve this recipe as an appetizer dip. You can also serve it as a spread for your sandwiches (savoury version) or as topping for your desserts (the sweet version).
1 lemon (zest)
2 tablespoons honey
A pinch of salt
1 lemon (juice)
1 tablespoon honey
Springs of thyme
Prepare the whipped ricotta:
- Add the ricotta cheese with the rest of the ingredients to your food processor.
- Blitz all your ingredients together until you get a silky and smooth texture.
Prepare the roasted cherries:
- Add the de-stoned cherries in a saucepan, together with the lemon juice and honey and heat everything until the fruits get softer.
- Add a sprig of thyme and cook together for a couple of minutes.
- Destone the apricots and slice them. Grill them for a couple of minutes until the slices turn soft and caramelised.
Assemble the dish:
- Toast the slices of bread with a knob of butter.
- Add a dollop of whipped ricotta on top with a few roasted cherries and apricots. Finish the toast with a drizzle of honey and thyme.