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Artisan Ricotta Toast with Blackberries and Garden Mint

Oh my goodness, I’ve been on a ricotta toast kick lately – three days in a row and still craving more! It’s that good! My love affair with ricotta toast started at this cute little sandwich shop called Bushel and Peck in Grafton, MA. It was right next door to the vintage store where I had my booth, so you can bet I indulged in their mouthwatering avocado toast with whipped ricotta pretty often.

Now, if you’re the type who sneaks spoonfuls of ricotta straight from the fridge (no judgment here!), then this fresh and delicious ricotta toast is going to be your new obsession. What makes it extra special? The mint! I love clipping fresh mint from my topiary for this morning treat. It adds such a bright, refreshing twist that takes this toast to a whole new level. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

toast with ricotta, honey and berries on a board.

Ingredients for Blackberry Mint Ricotta Toast

Bread: Oh, the choices! I love using a hearty sourdough or a rustic artisan loaf. But hey, if whole wheat is your jam, go for it! You’ll want to choose a bread that’s sturdy enough to support our creamy ricotta topping. A nice, firm slice will keep your toast from getting soggy and ensure every bite is delicious.

Ricotta Cheese: Full-fat is the way to go here, folks. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. If you’re feeling fancy (or just want to save some arm work), grab some pre-whipped ricotta. Otherwise, we’ll be whipping it up ourselves for that cloud-like texture.

Fresh Blackberries: These juicy little jewels are the stars of our show. Pick the plumpest, most beautiful ones you can find!

Fresh Mint Leaves: Nothing beats the bright pop of fresh mint from the garden. If you’ve got a mint plant (or a whole topiary like me), even better! Or feel free to grab some mint at your grocery store.

Honey: A drizzle of honey adds just the right touch of sweetness to balance out our tangy ricotta and tart berries. Local is best!

Optional Addition: Lemon Zest: A little citrusy zing can really make the flavors sing.

Now that we’ve got our ingredients lined up, are you ready to make some magic happen in the kitchen? Let’s get toasting!

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Shopping List:

Artisan Bread

Whole Ricotta

Blackberries

Honey

Mint

Salt

Whipped Ricotta Recipe

Let’s get that ricotta ready for its starring role:

  1. Whip:
    • Mixer: Whip the ricotta to add air to it.
    • Mixing bowl method: Use a whisk or fork to whip the ricotta until it’s light and fluffy.
  2. Season:
    • Add a pinch of salt to your ricotta and give it a quick stir. This little bit of salt will highlight the ricotta’s natural flavor.

That’s it! Your ricotta is now prepped and ready to spread on that toasty bread. Simple, right?

whipped ricotta in a white bowl.

Toasting Your Bread

Let’s get that bread perfectly toasted:

  1. Toasting Methods:
    • Toaster oven: Set to medium-high heat, toast for 2-3 minutes.
    • Stovetop: Heat a skillet over medium heat, toast bread for 1-2 minutes per side.
    • Oven: Preheat to 350°F, toast for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Achieving Golden Brown: Watch your bread closely as it toasts. It’s ready when it’s a uniform golden brown color and crisp to the touch. Adjust timing as needed based on your specific appliance and bread thickness.

Remember, the goal is crispy on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside. Keep an eye on it to avoid burning.

bread toasted on a bread board.

Let’s Put It All Together!

Now for the fun part – assembling your toast masterpiece:

Blackberry Smash: Start by gently smashing a few blackberries in a small bowl. This creates a quick “jam” that’ll add an extra burst of flavor.

blackberries that have been smashed to jam.

Spread the Ricotta: Slather a generous layer of your whipped ricotta on each slice of toast. Don’t be shy – we want every bite to be creamy and delicious!

whipped ricotta in a white bowl.

Drizzle honey: Give your toast a light drizzle of honey. It’ll complement the tartness of the berries perfectly.

drizzling honey over the ricotta.

Add Berries: Spoon your smashed blackberry mixture over the ricotta. This adds a beautiful purple swirl and an intense berry flavor. Arrange whole blackberries on top. The juicy berries provide a fresh pop and great texture contrast.

blackberries in a berry bowl.

Add mint leaves: Finish with a sprinkle of fresh mint leaves. They add a lovely color and a refreshing zing to each bite.

The finished toast. it looks fresh and tasty.

    There you have it – a beautiful, tasty toast that’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost!

    Variations

    While this blackberry ricotta toast is delicious, don’t be afraid to mix things up:

    Berry Swaps: Try fresh blueberries for a different flavor profile. Alternatively, roast your blackberries in the oven for a few minutes to intensify their sweetness.

    Savory Twist: For a savory version, top your ricotta toast with halved cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. This makes for a great light lunch or appetizer.

    Spread Alternatives: If you’re out of ricotta or want to try something different, cream cheese works well as a base. For a non-dairy option, almond butter can be a tasty alternative, especially when paired with fresh berries.

    These variations allow you to enjoy this toast concept year-round and cater to different tastes or dietary needs.

    honey with the ricotta toast.

    Serving Suggestions

    This ricotta toast makes an excellent standalone breakfast or brunch item. It’s light yet satisfying, perfect for a quick morning meal or a leisurely weekend brunch.

    For a more substantial meal, pair it with:

    • A hearty bowl of oatmeal
    • Scrambled eggs or an omelet
    • A side of crispy bacon or sausage

    Storage and Make-Ahead Tips

    Ricotta Mixture: Store any leftover whipped ricotta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    Prep Ahead:

    • Whip the ricotta and store in the fridge
    • Wash and dry berries in advance
    • Pre-slice bread and store in a bread bag

    Assemble the toast just before serving for the best texture and flavor.

    toast with ricotta, honey and berries on a board.

    Artisan Ricotta Toast with Blackberries and Garden Mint

    Stephanie LeBlanc
    Indulge in this simple yet elegant Blackberry Mint Ricotta Toast. Creamy whipped ricotta pairs perfectly with juicy blackberries and fresh mint, all atop crispy artisan bread. Drizzled with honey, it's a delightful balance of sweet, tart, and savory flavors. Perfect for a quick breakfast or impressive brunch dish!
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Course Breakfast
    Servings 2 people
    Calories 300 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 2 slices sourdough or artisan bread
    • 1/2 cup full-fat ricotta cheese
    • 1/4 cup fresh blackberries, plus extra for topping
    • 2 tsp honey
    • 4-6 each fresh Mint leaves

    Instructions
     

    • Toast bread slices until golden brown.
    • In a mixing bowl, whip ricotta with a pinch of salt until smooth.
    • In another bowl, with a fork lightly smash 1/4 cup of blackberries.
    • Spread whipped ricotta on toasted bread slices.
    • Drizzle with honey.
    • Top with smashed blackberries.
    • Add whole blackberries on top.
    • Garnish with torn mint leaves.

    Notes

    • For a creamier spread, use room temperature ricotta.
    • Experiment with different berries or try a savory version with cherry tomatoes and red pepper flakes.
    Enjoy your delicious and nutritious Blackberry Mint Ricotta Toast!
    handful of fresh mint.

    Looking to up your mint-growing game? I’ve got you covered! Dive into these helpful posts:

    There you have it, folks – a simple yet luxurious treat that’s sure to brighten your mornings. This Blackberry Mint Ricotta Toast is more than just breakfast; it’s a little moment of joy to savor. Whether you’re rushing out the door or enjoying a lazy weekend brunch, this toast has got you covered. So go ahead, whip up some ricotta, grab those berries, and treat yourself to a slice of deliciousness. Your taste buds (and your Instagram feed) will thank you!

    Remember, the best part about this Artisan Ricotta Toast with Blackberries and Garden Mint recipe is how customizable it is. Feel free to switch up the berries, play with different herbs, or even go savory. The possibilities are endless! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think it’s time for another slice…

    Happy toasting!

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