Coeur à la Crème

Here's something special for all those with a Valentine's birthday, but easy enough to make year-round.
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  • Recipe Attribution Sydney Massey

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ricotta
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • grated rind of 1 orange or lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sugar to taste (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup)
  • frozen raspberries or strawberries

Equipment

  • measuring cup and spoons
  • food processor or blender
  • sieve and cheesecloth to line it
  • bowl large enough to hold the sieve
  • zester or fine grater
  • heart-shaped mold with holes for draining
  • pan large enough to contain the heart-shaped mold

Directions

This recipe only takes about 10 minutes of preparation, but you'll need to get started a day ahead of time so that the whey can drain away.

DAY 1

  1. Combine ricotta and yogurt.
  2. Blend until smooth. 
  3. Pour into a cheesecloth lined sieve set over a bowl.
  4. Drain in refrigerator for 24 hours.

DAY 2

  1. Turn drained cheese mixture into a bowl.
  2. Blend with grated rind, vanilla and sugar.
  3. Turn into heart-shaped mold lined with cheesecloth. Set on a dish (I use a pyrex square baking dish) to collect any additional whey.
  4. Drain in refrigerator for another 4 hours.
  5. Thaw the frozen berries and purée. You should have about 1 cup of purée. Sweeten with a dusting of sugar, if desired.

PRESENTATION

Turn mold onto plate and remove the cheesecloth.
Pour puréed berries around the heart.

Even if you don't have the heart-shaped mold, you can still make the recipe using a sieve. You'll just end up with a rounded mound of crème which will still look festive surrounded by the puréed berries.


The whey you collect when draining the yogurt-ricotta mixture is great as a substitute for buttermilk in pancakes. 

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2 Comments

  • I wish you said how many serves this makes...I'm assuming about 8 1/2 cup servings. Also...presentation would be alot better if it was scattered w fresh raspberries.

    Trude Helm 10 August 2018, at 11:50 pm

  • The size of the serving depends on how much you allowed the ricotta and yogurt to drain. You will probably end up with closer to 6 half-cup portions. Love your idea for presentation!

    Better Together 14 August 2018, at 1:32 pm

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