Last Thursday we had a holiday break. The weather was cold and damp, whith heavy rain falling al day long. We spent the whole day at home, long 'lazy hours' spent in cooking, storytelling and art projects.
The holiday break turned into a baking break: millet and coconut muffins for breakfast; spinach and ricotta pudding with roasted tomatoes for lunch.
As it always happens to me when I am up to several things at the same time, some trivial miniature disasters occured, including: almost burnt muffins, salt-less spinach pudding, and a sticky floor due to Maddalena's collages, happily blooming all over the dining room!
The spinach ricotta pudding recipe comes from my mother's 'memory cookbook', where nothing is written or weighed...but the result is always perfect. I had to be patient enough to weigh the ingredients and adjust to my taste, but, finally, here is the recipe I'd like to share with you.
Ingredients (serves 4):
fresh spinach: 400 gr
ricotta: 250 gr
parmesan cheese: 6 tablespoons, grated + 3 for gratin
nutmeg powder: one pinch (optional)
butter: 20 gr
corn flour: 3-4 tablespoons
extravirgin olive oli: 1-2 tablespoons
cherry tomatoes: 400 gr
Pre-heat the oven at 180° C. Grease a small baking pan with butter and coat with corn flour.
Wash the spinach carefully, then stew in a saucepan for 10-15 minutes.
Remove from heat and drain the water in excess. Reserve until cool.
In a large bowl whisk together eggs and parmesan cheese then add ricotta cheese, nutmeg and salt to taste, and mix roughly with a fork.
Place the cooled spinach on a chopping board and finely chop whith a chopping knife, then add to the eggs and cheese mixture.
Pour the mixture into the baking pan then cover with corn flour and parmesan and sprinkle with olive oil.
Bake for 30 minutes in the oven, then cook au gratin for 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile wash and drain the tomatoes. Place in a baking pan covered with a baking sheet and sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bake for about 15 minutes.
Serve the spinach and ricotta pudding with roasted tomatoes or tomato sauce.