Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta with Balsamic Cherries

This is a big one guys.  I mean seriously, it is dessert, but it is so healthy that you are perfectly justified eating it for breakfast, which is exactly what I did this morning.  And there was not one morsel of guilt.  Even though I was basically eating cheesecake for breakfast.  Actually, I was eating Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta with Balsamic Macerated Cherries.

Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta.  The base for enjoying the amazingness that comes with the balsamic cherries.  So good!

Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta. The base for enjoying the amazingness that comes with the balsamic cherries. So good!

Yep, my foodie roots are showing big time.  I’m ok with that.  Because it was amazing.

At one of my favorite restaurants near me, they serve a cheese plate for dessert.  Sometimes I get it for my appetizer or my meal instead.  It is one of my favorite things in the world.  I mean what’s not to love about a plate of cheese?  Lord knows, I have certainly be obsessed with ricotta cheese these days.

Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta with Balsamic Macerated Cherries.  Can we please talk about how easy and yummy this is?  And it's good for you to boot!

Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta with Balsamic Macerated Cherries. Can we please talk about how easy and yummy this is? And it’s good for you to boot!

Aside from coming with cheese though, it is served with this little bowl of cherries soaked in balsamic vinegar.  They. Are. So. Good.  They are sweet and juicy and yummy and all kinds of delicious.  And you know what?  They taste so good with cheese, it’s incredible.

And then I realized something.  Even though it would be sort of sad for me to go to this restaurant right now because they serve incredible pasta and I can’t do the gluten these days… it dawned on me.  I could still enjoy my cherries and cheese.

Honey glazed baked ricotta with balsamic cherries.  It's so good I can't stand it.  Did I tell you it's good for you too?

Honey glazed baked ricotta with balsamic cherries. It’s so good I can’t stand it. Did I tell you it’s good for you too?

There was such a happy dance that happened when I realized this that I was borderline embarrassed for myself even though no one was home to witness my bout of insanity other than my dogs.

And the happy dance was worth it.  This was truly amazing.  Creamy, delicious, and sweet and accented with savory sweetness of the balsamic cherries.

This is what I had for breakfast this morning: honey glazed baked ricotta with balsamic cherries.  Oh yes, it's like blintz filling minus the blintz and combined with cheesecake.  Shut the front door.

This is what I had for breakfast this morning: honey glazed baked ricotta with balsamic cherries. Oh yes, it’s like blintz filling minus the blintz and combined with cheesecake. Shut the front door.

Even better, it looks beautiful and fancy, like you slaved away over it for hours and it’s the easiest dessert/breakfast/brunch/snack I have ever made.  No lie, it only took me 5 minutes to prep to get in the oven.

Amazing.  This honey glazed baked ricotta will definitely be showing up in my kitchen a lot.  In fact, I think this Christmas, I will make a spread of different baked ricottas with all kinds of different tastings.   Just think, this is something totally worth looking forward to.

I really can't explain how good this baked ricotta is.  Just trust me and make it.

I really can’t explain how good this baked ricotta is. Just trust me and make it.

By the way, did I mention that this is healthy?  I used fat free ricotta and there is no sugar in it.  One serving of it has under 200 calories and it is full of calcium and protein, which pretty much makes this perfect for bikini season.

Heaven on a plate.  This is possibly my new favorite thing ever.  Honey Baked Ricotta with Balsamic Macerated Cherries.

Heaven on a plate. This is possibly my new favorite thing ever. Honey Baked Ricotta with Balsamic Macerated Cherries.

You’re welcome.

Ingredients(Makes 4-6 servings)

For the Baked Ricotta:

  • 1 full container of fat free ricotta cheese (about 1 4/5 cups)
  • 1/3 cup of honey, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of Stevia
  • 1 tbs vanilla

For the Balsamic Mascerated Cherries

  • 2 cups of frozen cherries that are depitted (you could use fresh ones, particularly since cherries are in season now, but it would be a pain in the butt to pit them all)
  • 1/2 cup of good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs of honey
  • 2 tbs of Stevia

How to Make:

  1. The night before you intend to bake the ricotta, defrost your cherries.  Whisk together your balsamic, 1 tbs of honey and 2 tbs of Stevia.  Pour the balsamic mixture over the cherries and cover them.  Let them hang out in your fridge overnight.
  2. When you are ready to bake your ricotta, preheat your oven to 375.  Put a shallow bowl of water on the bottom rack.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together your eggs, 1/4 cup of honey, Stevia, and vanilla until well combined.  Pour mixture into a medium oven safe dish and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is starting to get solid.
  4. After 15-20 minutes, pour your remaining honey on top.  Return to the oven for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the top is lightly golden and springs back to the touch.

    Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta fresh out of the oven.

    Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta fresh out of the oven.

  5. Let cool.  Take a knife and gently run it along the sides of the dish and turn out onto a plate.  Top with the balsamic cherries.  Enjoy for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

    Deliciousness.  Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta with Balsamic Cherries.

    Deliciousness. Honey Glazed Baked Ricotta with Balsamic Cherries.

That’s it.  I can’t stand it anymore.  I’m going back to the fridge to have some more.  The pictures made me hungry.  Enjoy!

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Comments: 10

  1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes June 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm Reply

    I would totally eat this for breakfast!! You take such great photos!

    • SensationallySeasonal June 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm Reply

      Thanks Ashley!

  2. Sarah June 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Wow, that looks amazing! And as someone who pretty much doesn’t differentiate between breakfast and foods meant for other times, I’d definitely eat this for breakfast, too!

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  4. Anyonita June 17, 2013 at 10:02 pm Reply
    • SensationallySeasonal June 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm Reply

      Oh it’s a thing now!!!

  5. Jess @HungryHarps June 18, 2013 at 5:25 am Reply

    If the pictures weren’t enough – you made this sound so awesome! Pinning right now. :) Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays!

    • SensationallySeasonal June 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm Reply

      Thanks Jess!

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  7. Quelcy December 14, 2013 at 8:43 am Reply

    This is a magical idea for brunch! Perhaps it’s my kitchen frenzies and fatigue talking (so much xmas baking!!!), but you don’t actually say when to add the ricotta in your instructions. I assume it’s step #3.

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