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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Crisp Plum Ravioli with Lemon-Thyme Honey and Yogurt Cheese

 So this was my contribution to "Herbs & Spices" night, and I was quite proud.  1 - Because I stepped out of my typical range, and 2 - It was just a delicious mouthful.

The ravioli, as named, is crisp - baked in the oven, not boiled or fried.  The filling is spicy plum jam, essentially, and a really gorgeous fall rust-plum color.  The lemon-thyme honey brings an outdoorsy earthiness to things.  And the yogurt cheese, unexpected, and a welcome creamy finale to the bite.  So there is sweet, spicy, crispy, creamy, herbal, fruit, and tangy.  Delightful.

And on top of all that, just a bonus, very healthy-ish!  One serving, which includes three ravioli, two teaspoons honey, and a tablespoon of yogurt cheese - very generous! - is only 328 calories and 4.7 g fat.  I'm sure this must be a Dessert Club record.  Not that we are keeping track.

Crisp Plum Ravioli with Lemon-Thyme Honey and Yogurt Cheese (print recipe)
Makes about 24 to 30

1 (16-ounce) carton vanilla yogurt
4 cups chopped plums (about 2 pounds)
3 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
60 wonton wrappers
Cooking spray
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1.  Place colander in a medium bowl. Line colander with 4 layers of cheesecloth, allowing cheesecloth to extend over outside edges. Spoon yogurt into colander. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate 12 hours. Spoon yogurt cheese into a bowl; discard liquid. Cover and refrigerate.

2.  Combine the plums, 3 tablespoons honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes; stir in butter. Cool completely.

3.  Preheat oven to 400°.

4.  Working with 1 wonton wrapper at a time (cover remaining wrappers with a damp towel to prevent drying), spoon about 1 tablespoon plum mixture into center of wrapper.
 Moisten edges of dough with water, and top with another wrapper. Press 4 edges together to seal. Place ravioli on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray (cover ravioli with a damp towel to prevent drying). Repeat procedure with remaining wrappers and plum mixture. Bake at 400° 14 minutes or until golden.
5.  Combine 1/2 cup honey, rind, and thyme in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook 20 minutes (do not boil). Place 3 raviolis on each of 3 plates. Drizzle 2 teaspoons honey mixture over each serving; top with about 1 tablespoon yogurt cheese.
Recipe from Cooking Light, June 2003

1 year ago:  Pistachio-Chai Muffins
2 years ago:  Apple Cake with Buttery Caramel Sauce
3 years ago:  Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread


kat said...

this might be the answer to my canned plums!

Sheila Singhal said...

What a fantastic blog! I think I love every last thing you've listed. I've already made your carrot cake scones (yummy!) and am thinking of making the plum ravioli and coconut cake this weekend.

Thanks for such an inspiring collection of recipes in a very charming blog. :)

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