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    Ricotta Puddings with Lemon Syrup

    Light, fresh-tasting individual Italian-style puddings are made with ricotta cheese, smothered in a tangy lemon syrup and decorated with toasted almonds.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes 45 minutes

    Serves: 6


    • 100g ground almonds
    • 400g ricotta cheese
    • 250g Waitrose Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 125ml Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients Sicilian Lemon Juice
    • 3 Waitrose medium Columbian Blacktail eggs
    • 15g toasted flaked almonds, to decorate


    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Lightly grease 6 x 150ml metal pudding moulds or ramekin dishes and line the bases with circles of baking parchment.
    2. Place the ground almonds in a mixing bowl, then beat in the cheese. Add 100g of the sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and the eggs. Continue beating well until combined.
    3. Divide the mixture between the moulds or ramekins and level the surfaces. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 25 minutes or until pale golden and just firm. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
    4. Meanwhile, place the remaining sugar in a small heavy-based pan with 6 tablespoons cold water. Heat gently until the sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil for 5 minutes, or until syrupy and pale golden. Dip the base of the pan in cold water to prevent further cooking, then stir in the remaining lemon juice.
    5. Loosen the edges of the puddings with a round-bladed knife and invert them onto serving plates. Reheat the lemon syrup and pour over the puddings. Serve warm, scattered with the toasted flaked almonds, and baked wedges of lemon.

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    Cook's tips

    These desserts can be baked a day in advance and served chilled. Spoon with the syrup just before serving. Lightly charred baked lemon wedges make an appetising decoration. Cut a lemon into wedges, dip in a little caster sugar and bake on a piece of foil on the oven shelf for 10-12 minutes. Sicilian Lemon Juice, from our new Cooks' Ingredients range, contains juice from the finest Italian thick-skinned lemons.


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