Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

I grew up an hour outside of New York City.  I have an aunt who is of Italian decent and I learned early in life to appreciate a fine Italian dessert.  My favorite Italian treat of all time is the cannoli.  The whipped and sweetened ricotta cheese filling is heavenly and I could literally just sit down with a bowl full and eat it with a spoon.  Here in the south, I have yet to find a place to buy a truly delicious cannoli and I dream of the day I can get back to NYC for my favorite treat.  When I was at the grocery store the other day I came across organic, whole milk ricotta cheese on clearance and I was inspired!  Who says I can’t make my own cannolis right?  Well, I COULD except for the fact that Kroger does not apparently carry premade cannoli shells and making them from scratch seemed like a wee bit more work than I really wanted to go through.  So instead, I decided to make the cannoli FILLING and then put it into a premade tart shell. Topped with some fresh fruit, honey and a sprig of mint it was a huge hit with the family.  I chose to use blackberries from my back yard but you could use just about any fresh fruit you wanted.

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This whipped ricotta cheese tart turned into a beautiful and tasty treat, although not quite the cannoli fix I was hopping for.  Guess I will just have to wait  until I get back to New York to indulge in my favorite decadent dessert.  If you love that sweet ricotta cheese filling but are as lazy as I am when it comes to cooking I encourage you to try out this Whipped Ricotta Cheese tart.  You can make the filling up ahead of time and use store bought tart shells so all you have to do is some last minute assembly.  It makes a great dessert to serve to guests at your next party…elegant yet easy! If you like this tart recipe you may want to try out my Birds Nest Pudding Tart that I made for Easter.

NOTE:  Store bought ricotta is not quite the same texture or thickness as homemade.  Using some cream cheese in the recipe helps thicken it up and make it a bit creamier.  If you are using homemade ricotta you can probably leave out the cream cheese!

Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

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Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

A sweet and creamy dessert that is easy to make and delicious!

3 hrPrep Time

3 hrTotal Time

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  • For the filling:
  • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (adjust sweetness based on personal preference)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • For serving:
  • 8 prebaked tart shells (I used store bought but you could make your own)
  • Fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup honey to drizzle on top
  • fresh mint


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat on high speed for 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly fluffy and well mixed.
  2. Refrigerate filling 2 to 3 hours
  3. To serve: Fill prebaked tart shell with ricotta cheese filling, top with fresh berries and drizzle with a tablespoon or two of honey.
  4. Top with mint if desired and serve immediately.


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  1. This looks absolutely amazing! I can't wait till we have berries.
  2. Caroline @ Shrinking Single says
    What a fabulous idea. Cannoli is one of my all time favourite desserts but like you have moved away from the Italian area I used to live in and am yet to find a good one where I live. Not convinced by store bought cannoli tubes and like you am not really up for making them so this looks like a great alternative for my cannoli cravings.
    • I used to get a good one in Boston when I would visit and supposedly there is an Italian bakery in Atlanta but I have yet to try to find it. These were good...although I would still like to find a good cannoli!
  3. This looks amazing. Our blackberries are coming in, maybe I will try this soon. Thanks for sharing! https://familyfocusblog.com

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