Almond Ricotta Creme
1/2 cup ricotta cheese (part-skim ricotta works well) 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon sugar (1 package sugar substitute works well) 1 teaspoon slivered toasted almonds
Alternatives: Almost any flavor can be used in place of the almond extract and other nuts or fruits can be substituted for the slivered almonds. Here are some possibilities.
- Vanilla and Fruit Ricotta Creme
Substitute 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract for the almond extract. Include berries in season or favorite dried fruits to taste.
- Mocha Ricotta Creme
Substitute 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and dash espresso powder for the almond extract. Substitute 5 chocolate chips for the slivered almonds.
- Lime Zest Ricotta Creme
Substitute 1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract for the almond extract.
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We aren't usually dealing with food chemistry in these recipes since we aren't baking with leavening, etc., so feel free to use as much or as little of any suggested ingredient. Be creative and imaginative! Substitute the foods you like or have available for the ones in the recipes. And if you find something that turns out well for you, please share it with the rest of us.