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The humble, healthful banana is elevated to elegant heights when sugared and fanned out atop lightly spiced ricotta.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2008

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Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat broiler, with rack 6 inches from heat source. Mix ricotta and nutmeg in a small bowl. Mix sugars, salt, and vanilla in a small bowl. Cut bananas diagonally 1/4 inch thick, keeping slices in order as you cut. Discard tips.

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  • Spread 1/4 cup ricotta mixture in each of four 5-inch-wide by 1-inch-deep baking dishes. Fan 1 banana around edge of each dish, creating a circle. Gently press bananas into ricotta mixture. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush bananas with water, then sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons sugar mixture. Pat sugar into an even layer on top of bananas to prevent the sugar from clumping and burning.

  • Broil until sugar has caramelized and bananas have softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

For an even faster dessert, broil sweetened banana, mango, or pear slices or halved pineapple by itself in an oven-proof dish. Top with ice cream, yogurt, or creme fraiche if desired. To broil fruit without ricotta, pat the sugar mixture into 1 pound of sliced fruit. Broil, rotating dish halfway through, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

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Reviews (2)

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Rating: 2 stars
07/13/2019
This had an unusual taste and texture which was not especially pleasant.
Rating: Unrated
10/16/2012
I have to say that I will not be making this recipe again and if I do, I will be making some significant modifications. The nutmeg and the vanilla was overpowering. If I attempt this recipe again, I will substitute cinnamon for the nut and I will encorporate the vanilla into the ricotta. I would also add some granulated sugar to the ricotta to make it slightly sweeter. Definitely NOT a hit