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Baked Ricotta Custard with Cherries in Port Wine with Star Anise

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Ingredients

Ricotta Custard

Cherries in Port

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F

Ricotta Custard

  1. Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and cream until light, smooth, and fluffy.
  2. Add the ricotta and continue mixing.
  3. Gradually add the eggs, egg white, and vanilla extract, mixing after each addition. Mix in the sugar and cream.
  4. Pour the batter into an ovenproof baking dish and place in a water bath.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the custard is set but has no color.
  6. Cover and chill the custard until ready to serve.
  7. Makes ten to twelve 4-ounce servings.

Cherries in Port

  1. In a saucepan, place the port, cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla bean. Simmer until reduced to 1 cup.
  2. Add the cherries and heat through.
  3. Mix the cornstarch with the reserved cherry juice and stir it gently into the port and cherries. Cook gently until thickened.

To Assemble and Serve

  1. Just before serving, warm the cherries in a saucepan and reserve.
  2. Spoon the warm cherry-port sauce over the surface of the custard.
  3. Place one of the meringue pillows next to the baked custard.