Honey Whipped Ricotta with Espresso
Wow the crowd with this fancy Honey Whipped Ricotta with Espresso. Sweetened with honey and topped with chocolate chips, it is full of texture and flavor and a great way to finish a lovely meal.
Whipped Ricotta can be made in a few minutes! Try my combination of simple ingredients for a quick dessert or sweet snack. There are so many healthy and delicious combinations using whipped ricotta, you will be a fan in no time!
What is Ricotta?
Ricotta in Italian means “re-cooked.” It is a fluffy, spreadable cheese that has so many tasty applications. Ricotta, to me is like a cross between cream cheese and cottage cheese, and is a staple in dishes like lasagna and baked ziti. It is made from whole or non-fat milk, vinegar (or lemon juice) and salt. You can buy it at any grocery store or make it at home in about 30 minutes!
Ricotta is made by heating milk and adding an acid to coagulate the milk, which separates the solids (curd) from the liquid (whey). Then it is strained and we are left with pillowy goodness to make whipped ricotta.
Whipped ricotta can be sweet or savory. In this recipe, we combine honey and ricotta and whip until it is light and airy to make a sweet treat. Whipped ricotta can be made with a whisk and will take about 4-5 minutes of steady arm exercise. A stand mixer or electric hand mixer will give your arms a rest and get you whipped ricotta in half the time. If all else fails, a fork can get the job done.
Savory whipped ricotta is made by whisking ricotta without a sweetener — it makes a great vehicle for vegetables, bread and crackers. One of my favorite combinations is adding a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of lemon zest to whipped ricotta. Fresh herbs are another welcome addition for a fresh flavor.
My whipped ricotta has only 1 tablespoon of honey per serving! Making it a light and low sugar dessert. Depending on your dietary preferences you can use whole or low-fat milk ricotta. If you are keen on the most nutrient dense dessert, add fresh fruit like raspberries or strawberries.
Adding a shot of espresso to whipped ricotta give this dish a jolt of rich flavor! Espresso is a highly concentrated coffee beverage. It is usually made in a machine that uses high pressure to force hot water through a basket of finely ground coffee.
No espresso? No problem! There are a number of hacks to make an espresso-like drink at home. The easiest is with a French press. Add your finely ground coffee into the French press and about 3.5 ounces of hot water. Let the coffee steep for a few minutes then push down firmly on the plunger to mimic the high pressure process of making an espresso. You can also use regular coffee, it will still taste fantastic.
My whipped ricotta pairs best with whatever your favorite chocolate is! My favorite is 70-75% dark chocolate. I do recommend staying away from 80% or darker chocolate because the bitterness of this chocolate and espresso make the dish a bit too intense.
Feel free to add milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate to the whipped ricotta. In a pinch, M&Ms or a candy bar leftover from Halloween could work. Chocolate shavings are also a delicious alternative and give the dish an elegant look.
If you have champagne glasses or flutes this is a great time to use them! The clear glass gives the whipped ricotta a fancy look that compliments the taste. If you only have bowls or do not feel like dusting off the flutes that is just fine as well!
Other Whipped Ricotta Ideas
Whipped ricotta can be used to replace creme fraiche. It has a subtle tang that compliments chocolate cakes, fruit crisps, and brownies. I can’t wait to pair it with the next Blueberry Crisp with Corn that I make.
Honey Whipped Ricotta with Espresso
- 8 ounce Ricotta Cheese good quality, whole milk
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 2 tablespoons espresso chilled or room temperature
- 1 teaspoon dark chocolate chips or chocolate shavings
In a bowl, whip together the ricotta and honey until light and smooth. This may take ~4-5 minutes.
Spoon into 2 dessert bowls. Drizzle 1 tablespoon espresso into each dish and sprinkle with chocolate chips or shavings.