Pillowy clouds of whipped ricotta topped with warm and sweet roasted fresh figs piled on top of buttery sourdough bread. Whipped ricotta toasts with honey-roasted figs are a simple appetizer, brunch item, or breakfast good for any time of the week!
Are you ready to whip up a restaurant-worthy brunch/breakfast/appetizer that takes just a few minutes? If you're seeing those sweet and tender fresh figs in the grocery store, make the most of it without having to put a whole lot of effort into it. Or maybe you're in a place where you can get figs all the time and that makes me very jealous of you.
While we're here, I have a confession to make. Ricotta, I have been unfair to you. A large majority of my life has been spent not really loving ricotta cheese, but let me tell you that now we getting along really great.
Cannolis, lasagna, toast...so many practical applications for ricotta where it adds hearty creamy flavors and textures to a dish. And now we're going to whip it and take it to a whole. new. level.
what is whipped ricotta?
Besides utterly delicious, whipped ricotta takes the somewhat granular or gritty texture of ricotta cheese and whips air into the cheese, making it softer, more luxurious, and creamy. All good things, right?
All you need to do is beat the ricotta with the whisk attachment on your standing mixer OR with a handheld mixer. If you want to go old school you could also whip the ricotta in a bowl with a regular whisk. Great news, you will also get your arm day exercises in too.
Can you make it in advance?
Part of it! You can definitely whip the ricotta in advance and prep the figs. Just give them a quick toast in the oven before serving while you toast your slices of bread.
If the whipped ricotta separates in between when you prep it and serve it, just drain off the liquid and give it a quick whip again.
what to do with it?
So many ways! anywhere you could use a mild cheese - sweet or savory! In this case, we're spreading it on top of sliced and toasted sourdough and topping it with honey-roasted figs.
Other ideas for using whipped ricotta:
-with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup
-on top of pizza
-add honey and serve with crackers
So many options and they don't all have to be sweet!
How to make Whipped Ricotta Toast with Honey Roasted Figs
This is going to be a breeze! Preheat your oven for the fig roasting and start slicing that bread!
If you don't have sourdough, ciabatta would also be a great option. Sourdough is nice because it's hearty and sturdy so it can hold the weight and moisture of the ricotta, figs, and honey without falling apart.
You don't have to toast the bread, but it's going to help the bread from getting soggy. Plus a little salted butter makes everything just a touch better.
Cut the tops off the figs and quarter them. On a parchment-lined sheet pan or baking dish, toss them gently with the honey and melted butter. Roast in the oven until soft and warm.
Then build your toast!! That's it!
Some optional additions...sprinkle with sea salt flakes, drizzle with extra honey, balsamic reduction, nuts, hemp seeds, and really anything that might sound good to you!
If you're loving the simplicity of this toast recipe, check out these peach and burrata toasts that are equally tasty and easy to make!
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Whipped Ricotta Toast with Honey Roasted Figs
- 1 pound fresh figs
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons salted butter (divided)
- 1 ½ cups whole milk ricotta
- 6 to 8 slices sourdough bread
Optional Topping Ideas:
- additional honey
- balsamic reduction
- sea salt flakes
- hemp seeds
- slivered almonds
- Prep the figs. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the stems of the figs and cut into quarters. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter.
- Bake the figs. On a sheet lined baking tray or dish, gently toss the cut figs with honey and melted butter. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Whip the ricotta. In the bowl of a standing mixer with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, whip the ricotta on high speed for 2 minutes.
- Toast the bread. Heat a cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and griddle the butter on both sides, about 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining bread. Alternatively, toast the sourdough in a traditional toaster and butter lightly.
- Build the toast. Spread generous amounts of whipped ricotta on each toast. Top with 2 to 3 spoonfuls of roasted figs. Add any additional toppings like more honey, balsamic, sliced nuts, or salt flakes, and serve right away!
- Ricotta can be whipped in advance and stored in the refrigerator.