March 20, 2011

Rainy day treats - Walnut crusted chocolate-ricotta cups


It has been a very wet weekend here in Sydney and I must admit the rain always makes me feel a little uneasy and anxious. On the other hand I love the sound of the rain and the feeling of having to go nowhere and do nothing, but on the other hand I keep hoping for the rain to ease so I could go on my daily walks and enjoy the fresh air.


Rain or no rain I love having guilt-free treats and these walnut crusted chocolate-ricotta cups could not be more guilt-free. I've used 100% raw chocolate, which even for a bitter chocolate lover like myself is a bit too much to handle on its own. The natural sweetness of vanilla and raw honey is all you need to take away the bitterness, and mixed with smooth ricotta and orange zest it makes a perfect filling for these cups. Perhaps rainy days are not all bad after all...


 Walnut crusted chocolate-ricotta cups
(Makes 8 small cups)

{walnut crust}
1 cup raw walnuts
1 tbsp almond meal
1 large free-range egg white

{filling}
40g dark (raw) chocolate
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw honey
zest of one orange
100g smooth, low-fat ricotta
1 large free-range egg

icing sugar, to serve
zest of one orange, to serve

Preheat your oven to 170C. 

Place the walnuts in a food processor and blitz until they resemble coarse bread crumbs. Add a tablespoon of almond meal and the egg white and mix well. Take spoonfuls of the mixture and press into small silicone muffin cups.

To make the filling, place the chocolate, vanilla and raw honey into a small saucepan and set on low heat. Stir the mixture until the chocolate has melted, then leave to cool. Add orange zest, ricotta and one egg and mix until smooth. Scoop the filling evenly into the cups. 

Bake for about 20 minutes, then cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar and orange zest before serving.






40 comments:

  1. Oh they look cute and very chocolatey! :)

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  2. they look delicious and doubley so for being guilt free!

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  3. *Gasp!
    I. Love. This.
    Beautiful pics obviously {I might make one my new screensaver} haahaa
    I'm not going to sleep until I attempt to make these!
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Love your blog to bits.

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  4. Maria, these are gorgeous and am sure they taste superb! Beautifully done!

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  5. A very nice distraction from all of this rain!

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  6. looks fabulous...i'll eat them and then some! dayle

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  7. Those look so luscious and divinely chocolaty! A wonderfuil and soul-uplifting treat.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. They look amazing, and you can't beat that they are guilt free too! :D I don't mind rainy days, but then here in Florida they usually don't last. That's okay, I would eat these on a sunny day too!

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  9. These sound really delicious :)

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  10. These look absolutely delicious, I love your healthy treats!

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  11. Your photos here are absolutely stunning! I'm in awe. Love the nuts and the chocolate, but alas! My orange aversion prevents me from wanting to make these as much as some of your other creations!

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  12. I love the sound of rain too! Especially of rain on my umbrella....though I don't really like standing under an umbrella when it's pouring :D I've always wanted to try 100% raw chocolate...though I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it much :) These look delicious! The walnut crust sounds very very interesting.....

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  13. Yummy! Kuulostaa niin herkulliselta! Voi kun meilläkin vielä sataisi.....

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  14. What adorable little treats! It's been raining here in Brisbane all weekend too but I've just been napping lol I need to be more productive like you!

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  15. These look amazing and what flavors.I love love the pictures.I love the rains too.Everything becomes fresh.I hope you wud have enjoyed these yummy cupcakes with coffee on a rainy day!

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  16. It certainly has been a rainy weekend - it prompted me to do some treat baking aswell. Your chocolate ricotta cups look like the perfect Sunday afternoon delight!

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  17. Lovely cute cups! I bet they're addictive!

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  18. What a delicious treat! And that handled tray is super cute. I want one of each =p.

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  19. Oh these are definitely the perfect rainy day treat! They would make me feel so uplifted even in the face of gloomy weather!

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  20. Today it was raining here too! These sweets are perfect because they lift the spirits. They have chocolate how can they be wrong after all?

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  21. Looks really delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I will try this on rainy days :)

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  22. Those look delicious! I love ricotta tart with chocolate, so I will definitely have to try these :)

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  23. these look tremendously delish! i will be making these soon :)

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  24. cant believe these delicious treats are guilt free! awesome!

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  25. This looks decadent! Yeay to rainy days if I was going to be treated with these lovelies :) Drool~

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  26. These look incredible! I have never used 100% raw chocolate before...I think I need to give these a try, they look super yummy! :)

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  27. They look very pretty! And can I ask where you get the 100% raw chocolate from? :)

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  28. Thank you all for your comments!

    Lorraine: 100% raw chocolate is available at well-stocked health food stores.

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  29. ok, i am officially jealous. these look super.

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  30. love the idea of using egg white to bind the crusts!

    i wish i had a piece of these this morning when it was pouring non stop!

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  31. After I cook my dishes can you just swing by my house and take the pics? LOL! Your photos are amazing as well as your dishes and recipes. I love this version of crust!

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  32. These look beautiful and sound utterly delicious! Perfect little treats indeed.

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  33. I was up in Sydney on the weekend too and I was loving the rain. Those look like delicious little treats that would easily pop into my mouth!

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  34. How pretty are these! Gorgeous...Totally inspirational!

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  35. Waw!! These chocolately & ricotta treats look utterly delicious!!


    Waw!!! MMMMMM,...divine treats!

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  36. merci, pour le partage, kiss

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  37. i love everything about these! thinking this might be perfect for a birthday party this weekend.

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  38. Oh these look lovely! I'd love to make these treats. We have a new container of ricotta in our 'fridge and it's calling my name. ;)

    What, out of curiosity, are the drinks in the third picture? They look like chocolate milk but better and delicious.

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