In this post, I will share with you this simple, creamy, and summery ricotta cheese- strawberry parfait recipe. But first, a little backstory:
A couple of months ago, I received a message from a long lost friend that she and her husband would be traveling to Geneva. So, I took off to meet them. Going there from where I live meant three hours of butt-numbing travel but I literally couldn’t care less! I was looking forward to my first ever first-class train ride and my first time to tour the city ALONE (it was, however, my second time in there)! And the most exciting part is, I was off to meet a high school friend whom I hadn’t seen for 10 years! Geneve, es tut-pret?
So, I safely got there and I was happy with the train ride; it was not as butt-numbing as I expected. Well, perks of being in a first world country, right? When I arrived, I had zilch ideas where to go first because I hadn’t planned my itinerary prior to my trip. (As they say, overplanning kills magic. amirite???) The first thing that came to my mind was: STARBUCKS. I hit the bricks until I found the famous coffeehouse. But wait, should order in English or French? I went in and blurted out, “Parlais vouz anglais?”
Well, guess what? I must have said that correctly because I got my salted toffee macadamia latte a few minutes later! Woot! I had just moved here in Europe so I barely knew the languages used. I only know English and a few phrases like “merci beaucoup” and “bonjour.” Man, that was difficult!
As I enjoyed my latte, I started touring the city. And because i am alone and to keep me company, I FaceTimed with my favorite friend, Ellyn.She was in the Philippines, alright, but thanks to technology, she was with me for the entire 1.5 hours. We finished our tour on the dot. I heard my stomach growl and realized I was not only tired but also hungry from all that sightseeing.
The problem was, I had no clue where to eat! And also to make matters worse, I didn’t know how to order my food in French, how to pay for my food, etc. I was in a fix! Thanks to the few French phrases I had studied on the train, i survived and finally I ended the day with a happy tummy! Et toi? Parlais vouz Francais?
RICOTTA CHEESE- STRAWBERRY PARFAIT
So now back to my kitchen.
Inspired by that trip, I decided to make a simple but delicious ricotta cheese and strawberry parfait. I used ricotta cheese because I love its grainy texture and also it has a mild flavor. In addition, I drizzled some agave syrup and vanilla sugar to add a note of sweetness. And to make it more exciting, I added some sliced strawberries coated with agave syrup, orange zest, and almond flakes. As a result…..hmmmm. Délicieux!
Voila madame, monsieur! Votre dessert! Bonne appetit!
Creamy ricotta cheese drizzled with agave syrup with a combination of sweet and lovely strawberries.
- 500 grams. fresh strawberries washed and sliced in half
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 4 tbsp. agave syrup, divided. honey or maple syrup if you dont have agave syrup
- 250 grams. Ricotta cheese
- 1 tsp. vanilla sugar
- 100 ml. double cream
- almond flakes and mint leaves for garnish
To prepare the strawberries.
Simply wash them well, and remove the leaves attach to it. Slice them into half and put them in a large bowl. Sprinkle the orange zest or lemon zest, and drizzle the agave syrup. Gently mix it with a large wooden spoon and set aside.
To prepare the ricotta cream.
In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese and the remaining 2 tbsp of agave syrup. Using a whisk, mix well until soft, creamy and gloosy.
Meanwhile,in a mixing bowl, whisk the double cream (Make sure that you chill the cream before whipping it.) and vanilla sugar until stiff peaks form.
Gently fold the whipped cream in 3 additions into the ricotta cheese mixture until you have a creamy and beautiful ricotta cheese cream filling.Place it in the fridge and chill for an hour or two.
Afterwards, transfer the cream mixture in a piping bag and pipe at least 1/2 a cup into a clean glass. Top it with 2tbsp. strawberries. Sprinkle it with almond flakes and garnish it mint leaves.