Loverly food: Ricotta, orange and cranberry cake

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I’ve made this cake twice now and it’s a hit with all four of us. So, I thought I better blog it before I forget how I actually did it!!

I LOVE ricotta. It’s actually one of my favourite foods. Yes, I know it’s a bit bland but it’s just so much about what you put it with and it’s very versatile. Plus, I love that once upon a time someone thought to make something so delicious with the “waste product” from making other cheeses.

• half a cup of honey
• 3/4 cup softened butter – you could try with coconut oil if you want though I haven’t yet
• a heaped cup of ricotta cheese – the fresher the better though I don’t recommend you buy the mass produced supermarket stuff it is not at all the same
• 3 eggs
• juice and zest of one orange
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 2 cups plain flour
• half cup dried cranberries (add more if you like)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Cream the honey, butter and ricotta in a bowl – I did mine in my electric mixer but you don’t need to.
When nicely combined – the ricotta will still be lumpy – incorporate one egg at a time.
Add the orange juice, zest and vanilla extract and combine.
Lastly add the flour, baking powder and cranberries and try not to over mix.
Cook in a loaf tin for around 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. A round or square pan may take a bit longer to cook through.
Leave to cool in the tin for around 10 minutes and invert on a cake rack.

I am actually thinking of making this cake in to mini-cakes with some chocolate chips and in it for Easter gifts!

This cake also keeps in the fridge really well in an air tight container.
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2 thoughts on “Loverly food: Ricotta, orange and cranberry cake

  1. lireid

    Where do you get your ricotta from, Cat? I’ve been pretty disappointed with results from mass-produced, supermarket-available ricotta but can’t afford the stuff from gourmet deli-type stores…

    Reply
    1. catbeloverly Post author

      We find some good in a tub at the continental deli lovely – not the fancy ones mind you just the standard Italian deli type of thing. Also, our local stupid market now has the La Vera brand in a tub. The mass produced isn’t nice at all! x

      Reply

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