The Best Summer Dessert: Peaches with Ricotta and Salted Maple Brazil Nuts

Peaches and ricotta with Salted Brazil NutsDessert or Breakfast?

Spoon or Fork?

These are the dilemmas I was faced with yesterday. Sure dessert for breakfast isn’t one of the world’s big challenges, but most of the world’s problems don’t come together in 10 minutes or please the mouth or stomach as well as this either.

I’m a late comer to ricotta. Not sure why. But once I get fixated on something, it’s hard to shake it. I’m like a dog with a bone until something else gets my attention and I’m onto my ‘new thing’. You don’t need to do anything to ricotta and fruit to make it a sinfully good dessert (which is not sinful at all and I sometimes enjoy for breakfast). A few slices of perfectly ripened fruit, a 1/4 cup of ricotta and the smallest drizzle of honey or maple syrup is all it takes. It is the best summer dessert (or breakfast) that comes together easily in minutes.

You’re probably wondering why I’m sharing something so simple? Well, I have reasons!

First, I don’t think I could bear the thought of not sharing this with you and you going through your whole life without trying it. That would just be wrong of me and really kinda of sad for you.

Secondly, often people think eating a whole food diet is hard and this is just one of the many examples of how easy it really can be.

Ricotta Fruit and Salted Maple Brazil Nuts

Now, because this is a food blog, I thought I should at least do something special with it.

Enter Salted Maple Brazil Nuts. Sweet, salty, slightly sticky and with the buttery texture of Brazil Nuts is truly delightful. The Brazil Nut mixture is the part that takes the most commitment, about 3 minutes of stove time and 7 minutes to cool. If that seems like too much work (and sometimes it does, there are days…let me tell you there are days) then a sprinkling of raw or roasted nuts works too. But if you are feeling like you might have 10 minutes, this is well worth the effort.

Besides, if you ever have impromptu guests, you don’t need to stress out about dessert because you got this one in the bag. Or consider it as an alternative to a yogurt fruit parfait at a nice brunch (way less layering and fussing too). So I guess the answer to breakfast or dessert (sorry it was so long winded) was BOTH!


Fresh Fruit and Ricotta with Salted Maple Brazil Nuts

per person

  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 a peach, plum, nectarine or 1/2 cup of fresh berries
  • 1 Tbsp Salted Maple Brazil Nuts
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey (optional)

Place ricotta on a small plate or bowl, add fruit, nuts and drizzle with syrup.

Salted Maple Brazil Nut

  • 1/2 cup whole Brazil Nuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (honey would work as a reasonable substitute, but you’ll lose the maple flavor)
  • 2 small pinches of salt, divided

In a small non stick pan, over medium heat add the Brazil Nuts, maple syrup and 1 pinch of salt. Get the syrup bubbling and cook for 3-4 minutes. The syrup will become very sticky. Pour the contents of the pan onto a piece of parchment paper and spread into a thin layer. Allow to cool slightly and have a taste. If it needs a little more salt, sprinkle with one final pinch while the maple syrup is still sticky. Place the parchment paper on a plate or cutting board and place it in the freezer to cool for 5 minutes.

Serve 1 Tbsp of the Brazil Nuts on top of ricotta along side the fresh seasonal fruit. Or eat it like candy…no don’t do that…save it for the ricotta.

Ricotta and Brazil Nuts collage


What is your favorite summer dessert (or breakfast)? :) Let me know in the comments below!

I’m sharing this with Slightly Indulgent TuesdayFat TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayWhole Food WednesdayCast Party WednesdayReal Food Wednesday, and Pennywise Platter Thursday.

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4 Responses to The Best Summer Dessert: Peaches with Ricotta and Salted Maple Brazil Nuts

  1. mjskit August 9, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    Oh I love this! I could eat this for breakfast and dessert! The peaches have been so wonderful this summer that I went out yesterday and bought another flat. I’ll definitely have to give this a try! Thanks!

  2. Shelley Alexander August 11, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    France, your dessert looks lovely! I would eat the salted maple Brazil nuts by themselves because I love them so much! I think the combination of tangy, sweet and salty from the nuts, ricotta, and peaches is so great! YUM!

    • beyondthepeel August 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      It’s amazing it took me into my 3o’s to discover the greatness of ricotta for dessert. I mourn my youger years a bit…

    • beyondthepeel August 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

      I ate the leftovers like candy….couldn’t help myself.

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