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Strawberries with Sweet Ricotta and Lemon Shortbread

April 2006
Strawberries with Sweet Ricotta and Lemon Shortbread

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Coarse sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with 1/4 cup of the sugar. In another bowl, mix the ricotta with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the sugar.
  2. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the butter, the remaining 1/4 cup of the sugar, the lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Add the flour, about 1/4 cup at a time, mixing as you go, until a dough forms. (It will be crumbly but should stick together.)
  3. Transfer the dough to an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan and press it into an even layer. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and prick all over with a fork, making sure to poke all the way through. With the handle of the fork, score the dough into 8 equal rectangles.
  4. Bake the shortbread until the edges are browned and the middle is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let the shortbread cool in the pan for about 5 minutes (it will darken slightly), then cut along the scored lines while the shortbread is still warm. Transfer the pieces to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  5. Divide the ricotta equally among 8 shallow bowls, then top with the strawberries and their juices and a piece of shortbread.
Tip Ready when you are
  • Bake the shortbread a day ahead and store it in an airtight container. The rest of the dessert can be made in minutes!