Ricotta Custard Crepes with Port Raspberry Sauce & Brandied Peaches

For brandied peaches:
  • 1 lb. frozen peaches
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. brandy
  • ⅓ c. cider vinegar
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
For port raspberry sauce:
  • 10 oz. frozen raspberries
  • ⅔ c. granulated sugar
  • ¼ c. pomegranate juice
  • 1 T. cornstarch mixed with 2 T. cold water
  • ¼ c. ruby port
For ricotta custard:
  • 1 c. whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) box instant vanilla pudding
To assemble:

To make the brandied peaches, place the peaches in a large glass bowl or large resealable glass jar; set aside.

Add the brown sugar, brandy, cider vinegar, and cinnamon sticks to a small saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes and pour over the peaches. Allow the peaches to marinate in this mixture in the refrigerator for several hours. When ready to serve, remove as many peach slices from the marinade and allow the remaining slices to chill in the refrigerator. Use the leftovers within a week. Stunning in cocktails or over ice cream!

To make the port raspberry sauce, combine the raspberries, sugar, and pomegranate juice in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once visible bubbles are forming, add the cornstarch-water slurry and stir constantly until the sauce has thickened considerably. Remove from the heat and add the port, stirring well to incorporate. Cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Can be made up to 36 hours in advance.

To make the ricotta custard, whisk the ricotta cheese and milk together in the bowl of a stand mixer until well combined. Sprinkle the vanilla pudding powder into the cheese-milk mixture, all while whisking on low. When all of the powder has been added and incorporated, turn the speed to medium and whisk for 5 minutes. Chill the custard until ready to use. Can be made up to 24 hours in advance.

To assemble the crepes, spoon several tablespoons of the custard into a crepe. Arrange 2-3 crepes on a plate and drizzle with the port raspberry sauce and add several brandied peaches to top before serving.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: Several hours, though most of that is chilling and everything can be made in advance and assembled in minutes

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