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Cranberry Compote Layered with Lemon Ricotta

Spruced up with a citrus tang, cranberry sauce is layered between ethereally light layers of sweetened ricotta in see-through tumblers. These easy-to-assemble parfaits are a welcome ending to any fall meal.

  • Yield: Makes 6
Cranberry Compote Layered with Lemon Ricotta

Photography: Alastair Hendy

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2007

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 1 navel orange
  • 6 2/3 cups (24 ounces) fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 pounds fresh ricotta cheese

Directions

  1. Grate zest from lemons. Cut 1 lemon in half, and squeeze juice from 1 half into a saucepan, reserving remaining 1 1/2 lemons for another use. Peel orange, and cut in half. Add peel to pan, and squeeze in juice from half the orange, reserving remaining half for another use. Add cranberries and 1 1/2 cups sugar, and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Cook until cranberries are soft and begin to burst, about 15 minutes. Let cool, and then refrigerate for 1 hour (or up to overnight).

  2. Combine ricotta with remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and the lemon zest.

  3. Remove orange peel from compote, and discard. Set aside a few cranberries for garnish. Layer each of 6 serving cups with 1/4 cup lemon ricotta, 1/4 cup compote, and then 1/4 cup lemon ricotta. Garnish with reserved cranberries.

Reviews (3)

  • OneRecipe 5 Oct, 2008

    The lemon flavor here is subtle -- if you like lemony desserts, you might consider adding more zest and juice to the compote and ricotta. (I added the juice of 1 whole lemon to the cranberry/sugar mixture, and the juice of 1 lemon to the ricotta mixture.) The compote was fairly sweet, and its consistency made me feel like I was eating jelly -- not a bad thing, but something to consider. Overall, a tasty dessert, but not sure I would make it again.

  • Amyred 28 Nov, 2007

    OHMYGAWD. This is SOOOOO good. I cheated by using ice baths to cool the cranberries, butthey come out fine. You GOTTA try this one!! Amy

  • Amyred 28 Nov, 2007

    OHMYGAWD. This is SOOOOO good. I cheated by using ice baths to cool the cranberries, butthey come out fine. You GOTTA try this one!! Amy

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