Perfect for brunch or an afternoon snack, this blackberry citrus ricotta toast recipe is topped with a sweet combination of blackberries, ricotta cheese, orange blossom honey, orange zest, and fresh mint leaves.
With Spring just around the corner - it's tomorrow! - I thought I would share some of my favorite spring-focused toast recipes with you all throughout this first week of the new season.
As some of you know, I've developed recipes for Franz Bakery over the past few years (you can view some on their website) and am delighted to share some of them here with you, too! This Blackberry Citrus Ricotta Toast is one of those recipes, and I love making this one - especially since I've not been feeling well lately.
I've been battling a wicked and relentless cold/sinus infection for the past week, and haven't had as much time to savor in the kitchen as I would have liked. Quick and easy has been, more than ever, the name of the game in my house. So, toast has been one of my go-to foods to stay satiated and healthy.
Singing the Praises of Simple Toast
Toast is such a universal food. The beauty is in its simplicity and how easy it is to customize and create an endless number of fantastic flavor combinations to suit your tastebud fancy.
Whether you are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or full on eat-everything-ominivore, there's a toast for you!
Today I'll start by sharing one of my favorite toasts that sings of Spring and Summer: a Blackberry Ricotta Citrus Toast.
Blackberry Citrus Ricotta Toast with Honey and Mint
I love this toast so much. It has just the right combo of bright, happy spring flavors, comfort food ingredients, and a touch of sweetness.
Since I've been sick, honey has been a constant in my daily diet. I take honey in my tea, I swallow spoonfuls of my Honey Ginger Lemon Marmalade, and cook with honey whenever I can. It plays a delightful role in this particular toast recipe, too.
I use a citrusy Orange Blossom Honey made by Oregon-based GloryBee Honey. This gives the toast an extra bright citrus boost in each bite. If you can't find an orange honey, you can also use any honey you happen to have on hand in your house.
Now, blackberries aren't quite in season in Oregon yet, but I always have a stash of frozen blackberries that were frozen just after being picked in our freezer to use for smoothies, sauces, and for toast like this. I just make sure to thaw the frozen blackberries for about half an hour at room temperature before making the toast.
If you want to make this dairy-free, you could use a non-dairy cream cheese from your local grocery store, or you could make your own dairy-free ricotta cheese.
Personally, I have yet to make my own dairy-free ricotta cheese, but I know it involves combining almonds and dairy-free yogurt. Once I try it, I'll be sure to share how it goes!
Finally, I add some orange zest and fresh mint to add some spring citrus and herbs to the toast.
This blackberry ricotta citrus toast is so yummy and comforting. It's super fast and easy to whip together for a fast lunch, snack, or breakfast. If you want to get all fancy, you could even cut it up into little squares and serve these as adorable appetizers for bridal or baby showers, or next girls' night gathering or moms' brunch!
More Toast Recipes
- Spring Crudite Toast
- Goat Cheese Toast with Honey, Walnut and Lavender
- Scrambled Eggs on Toast With Peas and Feta
- Blackberry Citrus Ricotta Toast with Honey and Mint
Blackberry Citrus Ricotta Toast with Honey & Mint Recipe
Blackberry Citrus Ricotta Toast
- 4 slices honey wheat bread
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 1 pint fresh or frozen & thawed blackberries
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp Orange Blossom Honey (or regular honey)
- Spread approximately two tablespoons of ricotta cheese evenly over each slice of honey wheat bread.
- Top each slice with a small handful of blackberries.
- Grate a small amount orange zest over each slice.
- Sprinkle approximately one teaspoon of finely chopped fresh mint leaves over each slice.
- Drizzle a small amount of honey over each slice. Eat up!
Stay tuned for more fun TOAST RECIPES throughout this first week of Spring!
What is YOUR favorite type of toast?