Blueberry delight is what I think when I want a super easy, no-fuss, no-moss dessert.
With only three ingredients, this dessert does not need much explanation.
The perfect dessert for all your summer gatherings. But why stop there?
Fresh blueberries are covered with a thick layer of ricotta cheese and then sprinkled with brown sugar. Broil and the top sugar will melt and start to bubble.
You cannot wait to bite into the soft berries, which have softened with the broiler’s heat. The ricotta is sugary and to perfection.
I enjoy preparing this fresh blueberry dessert in ramekins for each of us.
However, if you do not have ramekins, use a large baking dish and let everyone scoop out what they want.
In this Article
- What do blueberries do for your body?
- What is ricotta cheese?
- Here are a few helpful tips for the ingredients needed to make this blueberry delight recipe
- Equipment needed
- Baking tips and step-by-step instructions to create this easy blueberry delight dessert.
- Recipe variation
- Storage and reheating options
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- More recipes to enjoy with your ricotta cheese
- If you enjoy this delicious blueberry delight, look at my other recipes.
- Blueberry Delight
What do blueberries do for your body?
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants. High in potassium and vitamin C. They also contain dietary fiber.
They are considered superfoods.
Cultivated blueberries are sweeter than those grown wild. However, they share the same deep blue-purple color, thin translucent skin, and tiny seeds.
What is ricotta cheese?
Ricotta is an Italian cheese from sheep, cow, goat, or Italian Buffalo milk whey left over from other cheese production.
Thick and creamy texture with a neutral flavor. Due to the neutral flavor, ricotta works beautifully in sweets, as well as with savory dishes.
Italian use it often in classic recipes such as lasagna, manicotti, ravioli, and other types of pasta.
In desserts, it has a lot of uses; the most common is filling cannoli or as a layer cake filling.
Always a great idea to have a container in your refrigerator. You never know when you can add it to your cooking.
Here are a few helpful tips for the ingredients needed to make this blueberry delight recipe
This is a quick introduction. Please read the recipe for complete instructions.
Blueberries: Clean them beforehand and remove any small stems that may still be attached.
Ricotta cheese: Use whole milk for a rich texture.
Brown sugar: When the sugar is exposed to heat, the solid crystals melt and turn brown, giving us a rich aroma.
My favorite part of this dessert is that you will not have to mess up your kitchen and only use two tools:
Spoon: spread the ricotta all over the fruits
Ramekins or gratin dish: place your blueberries and serve them in them. The higher the border of your ramekins is, the cooler your fruits will stay, as the broiler’s heat will not be able to reach without burning the sugar, which is what you are avoiding to do.
Cookie sheet: place the ramekin over it, place them in the oven, and take them out with ease.
Baking tips and step-by-step instructions to create this easy blueberry delight dessert.
As with all cooking, have all your ingredients ready before cooking.
- Wash the blueberries and remove any remaining stems.
- Bring the ricotta cheese to room temperature and stir it well to blend.
Once the above is done, you can proceed with assembling your dessert.
- Place an even layer of blueberries on the bottom of your ramekins.
- Spread a layer of ricotta cheese over the blueberries to cover all the fruits evenly.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar over the ricotta cheese, covering as much as possible. Add more sugar if need be.
- Place your ramekins on a cookie sheet as it is easier to place and remove them from under the broiler.
- Place 6 inches from the broiler and broil for about 5 minutes or until the sugar starts to bubble and adapt a beautiful golden color.
- Remove from the oven and let it rest for a couple of minutes. The sugar will be hot and can burn you.
Easily double or triple this recipe to feed a crowd. Or, if you want a smaller amount, cut the recipe in half.
All berries are welcome with this dish. Even though this dish stays very little under the broiler, here are some of my favorite suggestions:
- Raspberries and blackberries are an excellent substitute for blueberries.
- Have a delightful berry mix.
- Strawberries sliced are super fun too.
- Juicy ripe summer peaches cut into pieces are excellent too.
The ricotta may not be as sweet to some. You may want to add some sugar to the ricotta and mix well.
White sugar can, of course, replaces brown sugar.
Storage and reheating options
I giggle as I write this segment, as we have not had leftovers yet. Quite the opposite, we crave more.
With that said, you can store your leftovers in the refrigerator and bring them back to room temperature before placing them under the broiler to warm up.
Add a little more sugar to re-create the caramelization of the day before.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I make this dessert ahead of time?
Yes, you can. However, bring it back to room temperature before adding the sugar and placing it under the intense heat of your broiler.
Can I use a small cooking blow torch to melt the sugar?
I would not recommend it as you want the broiler’s heat to soften your fruits, something that your cooking torch will not be able to achieve as it will only melt the top part, the sugar.
More recipes to enjoy with your ricotta cheese
If ricotta is not a staple in your refrigerator, and you are hesitant to purchase a container, I have assembled a few recipes below where you can use your ricotta cheese.
If you enjoy this delicious blueberry delight, look at my other recipes.
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 cup whole milk ricotta
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- Bring the ricotta to room temperature.
- Preheat the broiler and place the rack about 6 to 8 inches away from the heat source.
- Spread the blueberries in a shallow baking dish or divide them among 4 ramekins.
- Top with the ricotta that you will spread well all over the fruits to cover well. Sprinkle with brown sugar breaking up any clumps with your fingers.
- Place your baking dish or ramekins, on a cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet under the broiler, until the sugar melts, bubbles are forming, and you can see the caramelization starting to take place, about 5 minutes.
- Let it cool off and enjoy.
Storage and reheating optionsI giggle as I write this segment, as we have not had leftovers yet. Quite the opposite, we crave more. With that said, you can store your leftovers in the refrigerator and bring them back to room temperature before placing them under the broiler to warm up. Add a little more sugar to re-create the caramelization of the day before.
Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.
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