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Green Salad with Caesar Vinaigrette
Roasted Garlic Spread

Fresh Ricotta Cake
Chocolate Caramel Sauce

The Ricotta train just keeps rollin' along!  And why not?   It is the star ingredient of this delightful cake.  There is a moist, yet light quality to the texture.  The taste lends itself to a wide variety of accompaniments like seasonal fresh fruit, coulis, and a variety of other dessert sauces.

Upon reading the recipe you will note that it does require one grated apple.  Don't let this fool you into thinking this is an apple cake.   Along with the fresh ricotta, the apple provides heft and moisture.  You can use just about any apple you have on hand.  I think mine was a Jonagold.

Like the French Yogurt Cake, this cake can be enjoyed at any time of day.  You can have a slice for breakfast with a cup of coffee, a wedge for an afternoon snack, a simple dessert after a Sunday meal ☺, or a sliver for a late night treat.

Fresh Ricotta Cake
serves 8

9 Tablespoons (4 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
3 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup fresh ricotta, homemade or store bought
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 medium apple, peeled and grated (should yield about 1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 400ยบ F.  Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.  Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment paper; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beating on low, add the eggs one at a time.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat just until incorporated.

Slowly add the flour salt, ricotta, zest, baking powder, apple, and vanilla, beating until smooth.  Scrape the batter into the prepared pan; smooth the top.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until the cake is golden and the sides start to pull away from the pan.

Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Gently run a knife around the sides of the pan.  Carefully release the sides of the pan and allow the cake to cool completely on the wire rack.  Dust the top of the cake with the confectioners' sugar.  Serve with fresh fruit or your favorite dessert sauce.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from food52.com


  1. This cake is AMAZING!!!!! eating it NOW!


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