It’s not really a pie and it’s not really a pizza but it sure is delicious. This Cherry Ricotta Crostata has a shortbread like crust with a cheese filling, is studded with cherries and topped with a port wine Cherry sauce.
Don’t leave…you’re in the right place!
I’ve just gussied myself up with a new outfit. I would never come empty handed and this Cherry Ricotta Crostata fits perfectly on the blog today. As some of you know; I’ve been in the web development business for twenty years and the very first site I created those many years ago was a site with recipes.
As my business grew, my own hobby site always got the crumbs of my time; you know like the story of the cobbler and his kids needing shoes? When I decided to turn that site into an interactive blog I was still cobbling a bit as client work always came first and my own work got the leftover crumbs.
Fast forward and I’ve sold the bulk of my clients to another firm and am focusing solely on my food and cocktail blog and it was just time. Time to put the effort into something that represented me better with a big girl logo and everything! I can not deny I simply love it.
There is nothing that needs explaining about site operation; I just wanted something simple and clean and with my favorite colors.
I’ve got several posts that will need work to get the main photo displayed as the transition from one theme to another didn’t make that a given but with almost a thousand posts that’s going to be a long-term labor of love that may not even happen.
I’m more excited about moving forward than looking back! I’m upgrading hosting too so it will be faster; that should happen today. Yes, I have a lot of ads that don’t help with speed issues but when you segue to doing this full-time those are what pay the bills so I can buy the cherries and make the yummy food!
The one thing I wanted my logo to convey was that it represented both a food and cocktail blog. How could it not be cherries? Not only do I love them above all fruits (their short season makes me yearn for them even more) but I love using them for both cocktails and cooking…perfect right?
I still hear myself using the phrase, ‘Pretty please with a cherry on top?’ to convey how much I want something so the cherry is on the top. I’m telling you that using this little fruit in my branding has real meaning to me. I love love LOVE cherries!
To celebrate I decided today’s post had to be something cherry; and this Cherry Ricotta Crostata with Port Cherry Sauce is probably my favorite cherry dessert EVER!
I thought it worthy of pulling from the archives and sharing it once again. A friend of mine, Domenica made a beautiful Blueberry Crostata Pie (pictured above) with enough dough for a top and bottom crust.
I decided to try Domenica’s recipe for the 12″ crust I needed for my Cherry Ricotta Crostata and I loved it, it reminds me very much of a shortbread cookie; just a perfectly fabulous crust. I used Domenica’s entire recipe for the dough to create a bottom crust. You can use a pizza stone or a baking sheet to bake it.
The dough is rolled flat and then the outside edge is folded in and crimped; making sure it’s high enough to contain the filling ingredients, working as something like a dam. In lieu of Domenica’s blueberry jam and fresh blueberry filling, I then followed the rest of my own recipe which called for a ricotta filling and fresh sweet cherries. I finished the dessert with a Cherry Port Sauce that I thought (hoped) would bring just a bit more juiciness to the end result. Isn’t hope an inherent part of baking?
Actually it’s true of most everything I create that pulls together different techniques, different recipes, different ingredients…always hoping and praying a bit that the end result will match the deliciousness envisioned in my head. This one worked and was sublime and I can only hope you love it as much as I do. Here’s to more time in the kitchen and less at my computer; I know I’m celebrating!!
PIN IT! ‘Cherry Ricotta Crostata’
For the pasta frolla (pastry):
For the Filling (Makes enough for one 12-inch Pizza/Pie)
For the Port Cherry Sauce for Topping:
To Make the Crostata shell
For the Ricotta Filling
For the Port/Cherry Sauce
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 467Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 184mgSodium 191mgCarbohydrates 75gFiber 3gSugar 33gProtein 17g