Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Breakfast # 5: Poached Pear & Ricotta Tartine


Breakfast time agian and my thoughts turn to what to eat! I had some pears left over from my Moroccan dinner and wanted to use them. I was craving for a cheese and fruit combination so the pears were definitely in. I poached them in some simple syrup for added sweetness. Had some ricotta I needed to use up as well. Perfect!

This reminds me of the snacks I used to have in Spain of queso fresco (a fresh white cheese that my cousin would eat for his diet) with honey and pine nuts. When I was thinking of this dish in my head, I already expected a yummy treat, but it was so much better that my expectations! The sweet crunch of the poached pears blended beautifully with the mild cheesy creamy-ness of the ricotta. Texturally and taste-wise it was the perfect match. All on a bed of lightly toasted walnut bread, which gave it an added dimension of a nutty starch. Ooooh! I couldn't get enough...

Poached Pear & Ricotta Tartine

- Peel, core, and quarter 1 pear.
- Squeeze some lemon juice on the pear slices and toss.
- Poach in a mixture of sugar and water (I just did this to taste, no measurements, just based on how sweet you want it. You can also do this with wine...yum!).
- Lightly toast a slice of walnut bread (or your bread of choice, but nut breads are nice with this).
- Generously spread some ricotta on your bread.
- Arrange the poached pear slices on the ricotta and drizzle some of the syrup over them.

Simple, delicious, and sure to put a smile on your face in the morning. If you have an early day and don't have the time to poach the pears, just do it the night before, so you can quickly assemble this, and enjoy, before rushing off.

11 comments:

Midge said...

Hi, Joey.

Yummers! Pears and ricotta are a great combo.

dexiejane said...

looks really yummy. i was just thinking of ricotta cheese yesterday..hehe

ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge and Dexie! Yes, it was really yummy...I enjoyed it...sigh, I love cheese, hehe :-)

Mec said...

i think my sis would love that, she loves pears kasi :D

i dont eat them naman... ahehehe... and no valid reason, i choose not to lang :D

keiko said...

Oh, I wish someone would make me this gorgeous looking tartine for breakfast :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mec! Thanks for dropping by! If your sis loves pears then she will definitely enjoy this. You can substitute other fruits that you like as well :-)

Hi Keiko! I would send you one if I could, but I don't think it would survive the trip, heehee :) I'm sure it would be great with espresso from your beautiful machine!

deborah said...

yummo. love this idea!

Cate said...

That looks like a great way to start the day!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Saffron! It was yummy...I'll definitely be having this for breakfast again sometime...thanks for dropping by!

Thanks for stopping by Sweetknicks! I always like to start my day with a good breakfast :-)

T said...

that looks incredible! never mind that i'd feel guilty eating it for breakfast, i want some of this for breakfast tomorrow!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tanvi! Thanks for you nice comments :-) Don't be guilty about eating good food...at least that's what I always tell myself...