Fruit bearing kumquat trees, which resemble a tree loaded with an abundance of gold coins, are often used to symbolize prosperity and good luck during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations.
This lucky Chinese-inspired recipe pairs kumquat marmalade with luscious whipped ricotta –all slathered on crusty toasted baguette slices. Delicious for a festive brunch or as an appetizer.
- 1 cup best quality ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 crusty baguette
- 1/2 cup kumquat (or orange) marmalade
- 1 Combine ricotta, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt in a food processor bowl fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until smooth and whipped. Transfer to a small bowl.
- 2 Preheat broiler.
- 3 Slice baguette into ½-inch thick slices. Arrange on sheet pan and lightly toast on both sides under broiler.
- 4 Spread ricotta evenly over toast; top each toast with a dollop of marmalade. Arrange on plate and serve.