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mixed berry & rhubarb + ricotta tartlets

did your parents ever bring you home some delicious cheese and fruit danish as a kid? you know, the one drizzled with frosting, so perfectly flakey and delicious. well i have been dying for one. but this little 26 week pregnant bod feels TERRIBLE when i eat too much sugar.

so as a fill in, i whipped up this more adult version with creamy ricotta cheese, honey instead of sugar a fruit filling that will please both children and adults. these little bites go down way to easy and could easily be served as a breakfast treat, a passed appetizer or a tasty dessert.

mixed berry & rhubarb + ricotta tartlets

serves: 12 tartlets

prep time: 10 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes

total time: 40 minutes

ingredients: 1 sheet of puff pastry dough (store bought works great or you could use THIS quick and easy one that i like to use). 1 tbs ricotta cheese (you can find my recipe HERE). 10 strawberries, diced. 10 blackberries, halved. 1 stick rhubarb, diced. .25 cup honey. 2 tbs orange juice + the zest of one orange. 1 tsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped. couple pinches of kosher salt. flour for dusting. rolling pin. muffin tin. 1 tbs veggie oil or baking spray. optional: 12 edible flowers or 12 berry slice for garnish.

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start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees f. in a small saucepan, combine your berries, rhubarb, honey, orange zest and juice, tarragon and the pinch of salt. stir well to combine and place it over a medium heat. once the liquid starts to boil, reduce the flame to medium low and allow the fruit to simmer till it makes a nice sauce. about 15-20 minutes, stirring every few minutes so the bottom doesn’t stick and burn.

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while your berries are cooking, lightly dust a work surface with the flour and roll out your sheet of puff pastry to a large rectangle.

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slice the rectangle into 12 pieces. give each piece an additional roll so they are as square as you can get them and about 1/8th and inch thick. prick each all over with a fork pretty liberally.

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spray or oil your muffin tin. fill each muffin hole with a puff pastry square.

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bake the tartlets for 12-15 minutes till they are lightly golden brown and puffed up. use the back of a spoon to push any really puffy centers back down into the tin.

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fill each tin with 1 tbs of ricotta cheese. by now, your berries should be thick and all the liquid reduced. spoon about 1 tbs of berries into each tartlet. bake again for an additional 5-7 minutes till puff pastry is really golden and crisp on all the edges. allow the tarts to cool slightly.

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top with berry or flower garnish.

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serve warm or at room temperature.

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xo, a

mixed berry & rhubarb + ricotta tartlets

serves: 12 tartlets

prep time: 10 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes

total time: 40 minutes

ingredients: 1 sheet of puff pastry dough (store bought works great or you could use THIS quick and easy one that i like to use). 1 tbs ricotta cheese (you can find my recipe HERE). 10 strawberries, diced. 10 blackberries, halved. 1 stick rhubarb, diced. .25 cup honey. 2 tbs orange juice + the zest of one orange. 1 tsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped. couple pinches of kosher salt. flour for dusting. rolling pin. muffin tin. 1 tbs veggie oil or baking spray. optional: 12 edible flowers or 12 berry slice for garnish.

start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees f. in a small saucepan, combine your berries, rhubarb, honey, orange zest and juice, tarragon and the pinch of salt. stir well to combine and place it over a medium heat. once the liquid starts to boil, reduce the flame to medium low and allow the fruit to simmer till it makes a nice sauce. about 15-20 minutes, stirring every few minutes so the bottom doesn’t stick and burn. while your berries are cooking, lightly dust a work surface with the flour and roll out your sheet of puff pastry to a large rectangle. slice the rectangle into 12 pieces. give each piece an additional roll so they are as square as you can get them and about 1/8th and inch thick. prick each all over with a fork pretty liberally. spray or oil your muffin tin. fill each muffin hole with a puff pastry square. bake the tartlets for 12-15 minutes till they are lightly golden brown and puffed up. use the back of a spoon to push any really puffy centers back down into the tin. fill each tin with 1 tbs of ricotta cheese. by now, your berries should be thick and all the liquid reduced. spoon about 1 tbs of berries into each tartlet. bake again for an additional 5-7 minutes till puff pastry is really golden and crisp on all the edges. allow the tarts to cool slightly. top with berry or flower garnish and serve warm or at room temperature.

ricotta + lavender mushroom crostini

before i left for my canadian vacation, my friend lish and i got together to brainstorm about our summer events and to celebrate spring.

we set up a beautiful outdoor lunch complete with blooming eucalyptus table runners and lavender + grapefruit cocktails. all the food we cooked up was inspired by jenni kayne’s new book, pacific natural. and my favorite dish was a version of her mushroom and ricotta crostini.

i LOVE using lavender (if my logo wasn’t a dead giveaway) as a replacement for most dishes with rosemary. that light, floral herb is the perfect compliment to zesty red wine vinegar mushrooms and my creamy homemade ricotta cheese.

ricotta + lavender mushroom crostini

serves: 8 crostini

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 10 minutes

total time: 20 minutes

ingredients: 8 slices of your favorite baguette. .5 cup homemade ricotta. 1 cup slice cremini mushrooms. 2 tbs butter. 1 tbs chopped lavender (you can sub rosemary if you don’t have any lavender). 2 garlic cloves minced + one extra clove to rub your bread. .25 cup red wine vinegar. .5 tsp kosher salt. .25 tsp freshly ground pepper. edible flowers for garnish, optional. baking sheet.

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start by toasting your bread. place your baguette slices on your baking sheet and either toast them in toaster oven or baking them in the oven at 375 degrees F for 7-10 minutes. you want your toast to be a light golden brown.

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while your bread slices are toasting, heat your butter over medium high heat until the butter is bubbly. add in your mushrooms and season with half the salt and pepper. toss everything well till the mushrooms are lightly butter coated. cook until the mushrooms get a nice brown, about 5-7 minutes, stirring about halfway through.

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add in the garlic, lavender and the red wine vinegar. season with the rest of the salt and pepper and stir everything well.

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cook until the liquid has completely cooked down. about 3 minutes.

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once your baguette pieces of toasted, brush each piece of baguette with your garlic clove.

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spread each piece with a nice layer of ricotta.

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top the ricotta with your cooked mushrooms.

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garnish with your edible flowers and serve.

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xo, a

ricotta + lavender mushroom crostini

serves: 8 crostini

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 10 minutes

total time: 20 minutes

ingredients: 8 slices of your favorite baguette. .5 cup homemade ricotta. 1 cup slice cremini mushrooms. 2 tbs butter. 1 tbs chopped lavender (you can sub rosemary if you don’t have any lavender). 2 garlic cloves minced + one extra clove to rub your bread. .25 cup red wine vinegar. .5 tsp kosher salt. .25 tsp freshly ground pepper. edible flowers for garnish, optional. baking sheet.

start by toasting your bread. place your baguette slices on your baking sheet and either toast them in toaster oven or baking them in the oven at 375 degrees F for 7-10 minutes. you want your toast to be a light golden brown. while your bread slices are toasting, heat your butter over medium high heat until the butter is bubbly. add in your mushrooms and season with half the salt and pepper. toss everything well till the mushrooms are lightly butter coated. cook until the mushrooms get a nice brown, about 5-7 minutes, stirring about halfway through. add in the garlic, lavender and the red wine vinegar. season with the rest of the salt and pepper and stir everything well. cook until the liquid has completely cooked down. about 3 minutes. once your baguette pieces of toasted, brush each piece of baguette with your garlic clove. spread each piece with a nice layer of ricotta. top the ricotta with your cooked mushrooms. garnish with your edible flowers and serve.