Let’s talk about toast. I mean, is there anything better than stepping into the kitchen first thing the morning and taking in those first two aromas that hit you? You know what I’m talking about.

“The smell of coffee and toasted bread”  Such a welcoming scent, that I believe is truly universal.

My earliest recollections of toast were my mom wanting to make sure I had something in my tummy before I left to catch the school bus in the morning. Many times it was a slice of Roman Meal bread spread with butter and a little swirl of jam. Then there was my favorite when she would make me a cinnamon toast (melted butter with cinnamon & sugar) She would wrap it in a napkin and out the door, I went.

Over the course of the last four years, I’ve come to appreciate that toast comes in many forms and styles. Today I’d like to share with a version that includes Ricotta cheese as the base key ingredient.

My first exposure to this version of Toast was five years ago when I was visiting Parma Italy. We went out for breakfast I started with my usual cup of coffee and the waitress brought over a simple piece of toasted ciabatta bread smothered with fresh ricotta cheese drizzled with a little honey and fresh wild berries on top. The combination of these very simple ingredients (bread, cheese, honey & berries) were simply unforgettable.

Today I share with you four of my very favorite ricotta toasts. You can really add any toppings you like on top of Ricotta. Pretty much any preserve tastes amazing so feel free experiment and add your own twist. Yes, take a moment in the morning to “Get your happy toast dance on and try”…………Your tummy will thank you for it.

XO……..Melissa

 

 

Ricotta Toast
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Cinnamon Toast
  • ⅓ cup whole-milk ricotta
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated chocolate
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Combine Ricotta with vanilla and mix with a fork, spread on top of a slice of toasted ciabatta spread Ricotta cheese mixture on toast and sprinkle with chocolate shavings and cinnamon.
  • Strawberry-Basil & Chocolate Toast
  • ⅓ cup whole-milk ricotta
  • 4 to 5 thinly sliced fresh strawberries
  • A drizzle of Chocolate syrup
  • 1 basil leaf chopped (for garnish)
  • Combine Ricotta with vanilla and mix with a fork, spread on top of a slice of toasted ciabatta spread Ricotta cheese mixture on toast. Add sliced strawberries and drizzle with chocolate syrup, garnish with fresh basil.
  • Nectarine & Honey Toast
  • ⅓ cup whole-milk ricotta
  • 4 to 5 thinly sliced fresh nectarines
  • A drizzle of honey
  • A sprinkling of Pine Nuts (Optional)
  • Combine Ricotta with vanilla and mix with a fork, spread on top of a slice of toasted ciabatta spread Ricotta cheese mixture on toast. Add sliced nectarines and drizzle with honey, garnish with fresh pine nuts.
  • Thyme Honey & Pine Nut Toast
  • ⅓ cup whole-milk ricotta
  • 1 Sprig of fresh thyme leaves
  • A drizzle of honey
  • A sprinkling of Pine Nuts (Optional)
  • Combine Ricotta with vanilla and mix with a fork, spread on top of a slice of toasted ciabatta spread Ricotta cheese mixture on toast. Add thyme leaves and drizzle with honey, garnish with fresh pine nuts.

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