This fresh, soft, moist cheese with a rich mouthfeel and milky flavor also works well in many other dishes, including desserts. It’s an Italian classic now widely produced and consumed in many parts of the world, including the United States. You can easily make ricotta at home or pick up a tub of the soft cheese at the store. It’s delicious used in sweet dishes like cakes and bars. Here are the best ideas for you!
These thin, tender blintzes taste similar to French crepes, and they make a delightful breakfast or brunch when stuffed with a cheesy mixture. Note that the blintz batter does need to rest for half an hour, but you can make it ahead to save time. Serve these with fresh fruit or preserves for a sweet dish, or sour cream for a more savory presentation.
No-Bake Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake Bars
Light and fluffy lemon cheesecake bars get their otherworldly texture from whipped ricotta and cream cheese in this easy, no-bake recipe. Chill them in the refrigerator completely, then decorate with lemon curd right before serving. You can also freeze them for another day. Let them defrost in the fridge before decorating, for the prettiest result.
Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Weekend mornings will feel special with these fluffy ricotta pancakes made with blueberries and drizzled with a lemon glaze. The fruity flavors go perfectly together, and ricotta cheese gives the pancakes a tender texture that will have you coming back for seconds.
Moist Ricotta Blueberry Coffee Cake
Ricotta cheese gives this blueberry crumb-topped cake a lovely moist texture without affecting the sweet, fruity flavor. Either fresh or frozen blueberries work well in this recipe, which tastes delightful as a breakfast or brunch bread with a cup of coffee or tea.
Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cookies
These ricotta chocolate chip cookies have a lovely tender, moist texture from the addition of ricotta cheese into the batter. They come out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and using miniature chips ensures even distribution. For variation, try adding chopped nuts or a little lime or lemon zest to contrast with the sweet chocolate.
Ricotta Cake With Cake Mix
You can make a moist and delicious ricotta cake with just a few simple ingredients. Combine the soft cheese with a yellow cake mix and eggs for a simply delicious sheet cake. It’s a dessert that’s easy enough for a weeknight but special enough for a potluck.
With the texture that falls somewhere like angel food, these ricotta sweet desserts come out creamy and rich while still nice and light. It makes a beautiful, faintly sweet end to a meal. It will puff up in your oven and then fall quickly thereafter, but resist the urge to dig in immediately.