The boys and I watched an episode of Giada in Italy over the weekend and were inspired. She shared a recipe for a ricotta toast her grandfather used to make her for breakfast growing up. My boys thought it looked good and immediately asked if we could make it.
Of course I wasn’t about to deny my boys a chance to experiment in the kitchen! I’ve made desserts with ricotta and put it on savory toast so the idea of a sweet ricotta toast was fun.
I didn’t follow Giada’s recipe, who needs one! First I decided to add some orange zest to the ricotta since Sean picked out a bag of oranges at the store recently. Citrus and ricotta go together so well.
Then I decided if I was going to go with orange I would pair it with cardamom. Every time we visit my parents in the mountains the boys “have” to go to the bakery and get their favorite orange cardamom roll.
Of course I had to have some dark chocolate to go over all this. I just love dark chocolate and orange together. Even better, I was able to source my favorite orange dark chocolate locally.
This doesn’t require much work. Simply add some honey, cardamom and orange zest to the ricotta. Schmear it on some toast and grate dark chocolate on top. It’s great for breakfast or brunch. We had it as an after school snack.
I’d like to say it was a huge hit, but honestly it wasn’t. That’s only because Sean and Jack don’t like ricotta. I keep trying, but they still don’t like it. Instead they licked the chocolate off the top and asked for another snack! Ewan, however, loved it and ate his brothers’ share too!
Cardamom Orange Ricotta Toast with Dark Chocolate
1 c. ricotta cheese
1/4 tsp. cardamom
Zest of one orange
1 Tbs. honey
Dark chocolate for grating on top
6 pieces toast
Mix the ricotta, cardamom, orange zest and honey until combined. Spread liberally on toast and grate chocolate on top.
Tip: The flavored ricotta will store well in the fridge, no need to make it all at once!
Yields: 6 servings