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Oranges With Rosemary Honey, Ricotta and Hazelnuts

Oranges With Rosemary Honey, Ricotta and Hazelnuts 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Gina Nistico for The Washington Post

Nourish Jan 20, 2022

This simple yet elegant dessert accentuates the dazzling color, flavor and variety of peak-season oranges. Removing the fruit’s peel and pith and cutting it into rounds emphasizes its sunniness and makes a beautiful stained-glass-like effect on the plate. Set against a spread of creamy ricotta cheese, drizzled with honey that has been infused with lemon, rosemary and a warm tingle of black peppercorns, then scattered with a crunch of toasted hazelnuts, it’s an alluring dessert (or snack) that not only provides a good dose of vitamin C, the very look of it can brighten your mood.

Active time: 25 mins; Total time: 35 mins


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small sprig fresh rosemary
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 4 medium oranges, ideally a mix of varieties such as navel, Cara Cara and blood oranges
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese


In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the hazelnuts, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden brown in spots, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to the touch. Transfer to a clean kitchen towel or paper towel, fold the towel to cover, and roll the nuts inside the towel vigorously to remove any excess skins. It’s okay if some skins remain. Coarsely chop the nuts.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the honey, lemon juice, rosemary and peppercorns and, using a wooden spoon, crush the rosemary leaves slightly to release their flavor. Remove from the heat and let steep for 10 minutes, then strain and discard the rosemary and peppercorns.

Trim the tops and bottoms off each orange, then place an orange onto one of its cut ends and use a knife to slice down along the curve of the fruit to remove the remaining peel and pith. Slice the orange crosswise into 1/4-inch thick rounds; repeat with the remaining oranges.

To serve, spread 1/4 cup of the ricotta onto each serving plate and top each with 6 or 7 orange slices. Drizzle each with 1 tablespoon of the infused honey and sprinkle with the hazelnuts, then serve.

Recipe Source

Cookbook author and registered nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Olga Massov.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1/4 cup ricotta, 6 to 7 orange slices, 1 tablespoon infused honey and 3/4 tablespoon hazelnuts): 251

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 9g 14%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 19mg 6%

Sodium: 62mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 37g 12%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 30g

Protein: 9g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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