Honey Orange Ricotta – Quick and Easy Dip for French Toast or Fruit

This honey orange ricotta dip is one of the easiest and most delicious dips you’ll ever make! It’s fantastic with fruit or as a topping for French Toast. It’s also great on sweet biscuits, in strawberry shortcake, on a bowl of oatmeal or as a base for fruit pizza.

A touch of honey and orange zest is all that’s needed for a delicious fruit dip.

Also Read: French Toast with Orange Zest, Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Sauce, Blueberry Lime Sauce

You may be familiar with using ricotta for savoury dishes like lasagna, Spinach Stuffed ManicottiRicotta Herb Spread, pizza, etc. but it’s equally delicious for sweet dishes like this French toast.

ricotta on French toast
A perfect topping for French toast and fruit.

Because it’s the star of the show in this recipe, be sure to use a high quality ricotta. We really enjoy the texture of Chaeban Artisan Ricotta, available at various retailers in Winnipeg. It has a thick and creamy consistency that is not gritty at all. From my first taste, I knew this ricotta was destined for more than just pasta. This ricotta does not need to be hidden!

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For the tastiest results, use high quality ricotta and local honey.

Recipe for Honey Orange Ricotta

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Honey Orange Ricotta

A delicious lightly sweetened ricotta dip perfect with fruit or as a topping for French Toast, crepes, waffles, sweet biscuits, strawberry shortcake, oatmeal, a base for fruit pizza and so on. Add as much honey and orange zest as you prefer and check out the variations at the end of the recipe.
Prep : 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In small bowl, whisk together ricotta, honey and orange zest.
  • Pour in serving bowl, cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Notes

Variations:
  • add vanilla extract
  • add cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom
  • add fresh mint, lemon verbena, lemon balm or lemon thyme
  • use lemon or lime zest instead of orange
  • use stevia or maple syrup instead of honey
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey, ricotta
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Give your fruit and someone you love a treat!

What is Ricotta?

Ricotta is a type of fresh, unripened cheese.  It is creamy white with a spreadable texture and tiny lumps or curds. These curds are a good thing! They are the milk proteins that have clumped together and are a classic feature of traditional ricotta.

spoonful of ricotta chaeban brand

You could consider ricotta somewhere between cream cheese and cottage cheese. Not as dense, tangy or high fat as cream cheese but creamier with much smaller curds, more flavour and less salt than cottage cheese.

Cream Cheese – Highest calories, fat, sugar, and sodium and fewer vitamins and minerals (except Vitamin A and B12) of all three.
Ricotta Cheese – Highest protein and calcium with the least amount of salt and sugar. Of the three it’s also highest in phosphorous, selenium and riboflavin.
Cottage cheese – Lowest in calories and fat with more salt and sugar and fewer nutrients than Ricotta cheese.

You’ll find different types of ricotta in the grocery store, read the labels carefully to get what you love best. Chaeban Artisan Ricotta has 73% moisture and 10% milk fat. Two tablespoons will get you 40 calories, 2.5 g fat, 1 g carbs, 3 g protein, 75 mg calcium and 20 mg sodium.

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Can your ricotta do this?! Chaeban Ricotta is thick and creamy with the classic tiny curds of traditional ricotta.

HOW LONG WILL RICOTTA KEEP?

Previously, I shared that feta cheese, another soft, unripened cheese, will last for 4-6 weeks once opened and almost 10 months if it remains sealed and properly stored. The long shelf life is because feta is kept in a salty brine. Ricotta is not kept in brine, so its shelf life is much shorter than feta.

Unopened Ricotta: Check the best before date set by the cheesemaker. As long as the ricotta stays sealed and in your fridge, it may last another 3-5 days beyond this date, but not longer.

Opened Ricotta: Once opened, keep ricotta tightly covered, in the fridge for 7-10 days.

Freeze Ricotta: Freeze ricotta to extend the shelf life even further. Place in airtight container or freezer bag and use within 3 months. It will lose some flavour and become a little more crumbly, but it will work in casseroles, sauces or pasta dishes.

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This recipe was written in paid partnership with Chaeban Artisan. As always, opinions are my own and a sincere reflection of life in my home.

Getty Stewart is a Professional Home Economist,  speaker, frequent media guest and writer dedicated to putting good food on tables and agendas.  She is the author of several recipe books on enjoying and preserving fruit, Founder of Fruit Share, a mom and veggie gardener. Sign up to get articles by Getty delivered to your inbox. You’ll get recipes, practical tips and great food information like this.

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