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Ricotta And Berries With Caramelized Croutons

Plated desserts like this feel so Italian: fresh ricotta, seasonal berries lightly cooked down into a citrus syrup, and crunchy caramelized ciabatta to top it off. It's very elegant, and unsuspectingly easy to pull together. The beauty of it is that all of these elements can be made in advance - season the ricotta and store it in a container, do the same with the berry syrup, and the sweet sugared croutons will stay very crunchy at room temperature in a plastic bag or covered container. Perfect for your next Italian-themed dinner party!

Ricotta And Berries With Caramelized Croutons
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Ricotta And Berries With Caramelized Croutons

Category

Dessert

Servings

4

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Calories

480

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces ciabatta loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • For The Citrus Berry Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice, (from 1 medium orange)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 8 strawberries, (hulled and quartered)
  • For The Ricotta:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 teaspoons orange zest, (from 1 medium orange)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium bowl, toss together the bread cubes and melted butter. Add the sugar and toss until the bread cubes are coated in sugar. Arrange the bread cubes in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely.,
  2. For the Syrup:
  3. In a small saucepan, bring the orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar to a simmer, over medium-low heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the blueberries and strawberries and simmer until the fruit softens, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cool the syrup to room temperature.
  4. For the Ricotta:
  5. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  6. To serve: Divide the ricotta mixture between 4 decorative dessert bowls. Spoon the fruit syrup over the ricotta and top with the croutons. Garnish with the sliced mint.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
480
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
62 grams
Protein
14 grams
Fat
21 grams
Saturated Fat
13 grams
Trans Fat
1 grams
Cholesterol
70 milligrams
Sodium
219 milligrams
Fiber
2 grams
Sugar
42 grams
Unsaturated Fat
7 grams

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