In other words, it was the perfect week to make a homemade dessert that barely takes longer than scooping out some icecream--chocolate ricotta pears.
Chocolate Ricotta Pears (serves 4)
- 2 fresh pears, whichever variety you prefer
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1.5 tbl unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp lemon or orange zest or 1/4 tsp dried peel
- 2 tbl semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Chocolate sauce for drizzling
Peel, halve, and core pears then set aside. Add all the ingredients, except chocolate chips, to a bowl.
Using a hand mixer, mix at medium speed until well-blended. Either stir in the chocolate chips or reserve for sprinkling over the completed dish.
Spoon the mixture evenly onto the pear halves then sprinkle with chips (if hadn't been already added to the ricotta). Drizzle with chocolate sauce as desired then serve. That's it! You're done!
For Babybella I diced up her pear first so she wouldn't have to tackle it with a knife.
She certainly is enjoying it!
And that's all it takes--five minutes or less to get that happy a grin out of a six year old.
(oh yeah, don't tell her it's actually not even bad for her...shhhhhhhhhhh)