Coffee and Ricotta Dessert

I like using ricotta cheese in many different ways: cookies, spread on bread with smoked salmon, to make a delicious pasta sauce. It is such a versatile ingredients and it can really be incorporated in so many recipes. Today I try it mixed together with some Italian coffee into a creamy, sweet and tasty dessert.

This dessert is easy, quick and will impress your guests, if you are planning to share it with anyone else but yourself, which you might not after having tried it.

Make sure to use string coffee, so please no, no Starbucks here…

Let’s get started

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 250 gr ricotta cheese
  • 100 gr powdered sugar
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 8 gr gelatin
  • 2 tbsp strong espresso coffee
  • 1 tbsp powdered coffee

Grab your ricotta cheese (you can make your own here)


measure up about 8 gr of gelatin powder. Dissolve it in 2 tbsp of cold water. Set aside


Make some very strong espresso, I used Illy dark toasted


measure up 200 ml of heavy cream


In a blender combine the ricotta, cream, espresso, coffee powder, powdered sugar, and the vanilla bean paste


Blend until all ingredients are combined and creamy


Pour into a saucepan


and bring it to a gentle boil. Remove pan from heat and add in the gelatin


Stir until gelatin dissolves

Portion up the cream into 6 containers. I used some glass one



and some aluminium one….Ill show you the difference in a minute


Let them stand on your kitchen counter until cool, then refrigerate them for about 2 hours.

When ready to serve, grab the one in the aluminium cups and sink them for a few second in hot water, then flip them on a plate and gently remove the dessert from the cup.


Decorate with a coffee kernel and serve


If you are going to use glass containers, you can serve your dessert right out of the fridge, just decorate it with a coffee kernel




– LittleDani

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.