“How will you nurture your soul?”
I stare blankly, not fulling understanding my friend’s question. Nurture? My soul?
[nurture: the care and attention given to someone or something that is growing or developing]
“I don’t know.”
She smiles. “You should think about that.”
I have nurtured three babies, my marriage, more or less, my parents, friends. But to nurture my soul would take thought, reflection, care; the last thing on my to do list now becoming the first. A real acknowledgement that unlike a stagnant body of water, I’m fluid, changing from one form to another. A hard change for someone who prefers to anesthetize feelings and wants with an alcoholic beverage. And yet it is time, something [my soul?!] annoyingly tugs at me, repeating over and over like a mantra, a broken record, day following day, mile after mile: this is not working for you.
You thought you could hide from yourself.
I did a pretty good job.
And where did it get you? He smiles, takes a long sip from his martini.
I wish you had been this insightful when you were alive.
Me too. He devilishly laughs.
I will address this deficiency, finally, and see where it takes me. For now, I’ll share this peach ricotta pudding cream pie recipe because sharing part of me feels good. And that is a start…I hope.
Peach Ricotta Pudding Pie
A cracker crust filled with a lightly sweetened ricotta pudding topped with fresh peaches and whipped cream
recipe inspired by Food 52 How To Make Any Cream Pie Without A Recipe
ricotta pudding recipe adapted from Mark Bittman
Ingredients for cracker crust:
1 + 1/2 cups (heaping) of crushed Ritz crackers
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
Crush crackers in a food processor or place in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling-pin. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in the microwave or the on the stove top. Using a medium size bowl, mix together the crushed crackers, butter and sugar. The mixture should just hold together when squeezed. Press the crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie tin and freeze for at least 1 hour. When ready to bake, pre-heat your oven to 350F and bake until dark golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack. (The crust can be made a day ahead. Cover loosely with foil until ready to use.)
Ingredients for ricotta pudding:
1 pound fresh ricotta, drained if super moist
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar (add more to taste if you prefer a sweeter pudding)
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt
Using a food processor with a blade attachment, mix together the ricotta, sugar, vanilla and salt until very smooth. Transfer to a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. (The pudding can be made a day ahead.)
Ingredients for peach mixture:
1 large peach, medium dice
large spoonful of raw sugar
Slice and dice the peach and place in a bowl. Gently stir in a heaping spoonful of raw sugar. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes. Drain off any excess juices.
Ingredients for whipped cream:
1 cup very cold heavy cream
splash of rum
Using a stand mixture fitted with a whip attachment or a handheld electric mixer, beat the cream until medium peaks form or a spoon swirled through the cream leaves a soft mark. Do not over-beat! Just before you are done whipping the cream, add a splash of rum. Chill until ready to use. Whipped cream should be made just before you are ready to use it.
Spread a bit of ricotta pudding across the bottom of pie crust. Top with drained peaches. Add remaining ricotta pudding, spreading out evenly. Top with whipped cream. Make swirls in the cream with the back of your spoon. Top with additional diced peaches and/or white chocolate shavings, if desired. Enjoy!
(Pie will last up to a day in the refrigerator.)
5 Cream Pie Links
My roommate from college and the only person I laugh with to the point of tears, loves all things lemon. If you love lemon just as much as she does check out Willow Bird Baking’s lemon cream pie bars and All Day I Dream About Food’s low carb lemon sour cream pie.
If you love old fashion coconut cream pie, check out Willow Bird Baking’s chocolate & coconut cream pie bars. The addition of a rich chocolate ganache is brilliant!
Fall is almost here and that means all things pumpkin popping up everywhere. Celebrate fall and make Lauren’s Latest pumpkin cream pie recipe. This is sure to be a hit with all of your pumpkin loving friends and family!
My favorite type of cream pie is a banana cream pie. Check out my recipe here!