Recipe: Ricotta & caramelised pear with poppy seed yogurt
This dish of caramelised pear and creamy ricotta is lush and satiating. I wouldn’t have this every day as it’s a little naughty – yes dairy, yes honey – but when I need a break from eggs for breakfast or I am ravenous after a workout, I often have ricotta with some fruit and nuts to fuel my body with fats, carbs and protein all in one meal. It also makes a delicious sweet treat.
Ok, so you’re probably looking at this picture and thinking ‘How is this Paleo?’. I think we need a separate post on ricotta and yogurt but let me just say this: ricotta cheese contains mostly whey protein as most casein is gone during the making process and it’s very low in lactose, less than 1gm. If lactose (form of sugar) and casein (form of protein) are the two bad guys everyone raves about when it comes to dairy, I think ricotta stands out as a pretty healthy option. It’s high in protein, good saturated fat, calcium and vitamin A. Read more about dairy and Paleo on Mark’s Daily Apple.
As for for the pear, it’s a low GI fruit like apples and berries, contains lots of vitamins and fibre and tastes heavenly. I think it’s one of the most sensual fruits with its sticky sweet aroma and soft, juicy flesh. We’ve also got a dollop of natural, unsweetened yogurt full of probiotics and a little natural honey to help with caramelisation. I know honey is sugar but it has a few health benefits too.
You can replace ground poppy seeds with ground hazelnuts or coconut flakes. I love the colour and texture contrast it brings to the dish.
- 2 cups full fat ricotta, organic if possible
- 1 Williams pear, large
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbs honey + a little to drizzle with
- 3 tbs full fat natural Greek yogurt, unsweetened
- 1 1/2 tbs ground poppy seeds
- Ghee or butter
- Slice pear into thin slices, leave the tails and seeds as is. We want to preserve the outline of the pear for visual appeal. If you don’t care about the looks, slice the pear any way you like.
- Mix honey with lemon juice and coat the pear slices, let them marinate for a few minutes.
- Heat a frying pan with a little ghee or butter to medium/high. Place pear slices and fry for 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
- Build a stack with ricotta and pear slices as shown in the pick. Serve with some yogurt and a little drizzle of honey and lemon.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Number of servings: 2