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Dessert: Braised Cherries with Creamy Ricotta and Honey Wafers

Serves 10

Ingredients

  • 500g Australian Ricotta Cheese
  • 250ml Australian Pure Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
  • 40ml honey
  • 40g Australian Butter
  • 40g brown sugar
  • 675g pitted sour cherries
  • 40ml Cointreau, optional
  • Honey Wafers:
  • 125g Australian Butter, softened
  • 100g castor sugar
  • 60ml honey
  • 90g flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice, extra
  • 2 egg whites
  • glace orange rind, for serving
  • Australian Pure Cream, for serving
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Method

  1. Place ricotta cheese in food processor and blend until very smooth. Add cream, mixed spice, orange rind and honey and process again. Melt butter in a heavy based saucepan and add sugar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and is starting to caramelise. Add cherries and liqueur and saute for 2-3 minutes. Deglaze the saucepan with Cointreau. Cool.
  2. Honey Wafers:
  3. Cream butter and sugar in food processor. Add honey, flour, mixed spice and egg whites and blend until smooth. Spread 2 teaspoons batter onto baking trays lined with baking paper to form 8cm rounds. Bake at 180°C for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool wafers slightly, then using a flexible spatula, lift onto a wire rack to cool.
  4. For each serving
  5. Place a honey wafer on each dessert plate. Spread with 80ml (1/3 cup) ricotta mixture and top with another wafer. Spoon over 80ml (1/3 cup) prepared cherries, top with another wafer and a dollop of cream. Drizzle with cherry syrup. Garnish with glace orange rind.

Tips / Handy Hints

A sandwich of crisp sweet wafers, creamy ricotta and tart cherries.

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