Sorry for going on and on in the video about my love for this cake but it really is so wonderful – a mix of some of my favourite baked goods – a cheesecake, a muffin and a lemon tart. Last night I tried making this with extra ricotta (500grams) and 20 grams more of flour and I added frozen berries to the top after half an hour in the oven. It gives you a much more dense cheesecake texture, and the tart flavour of the berries works really well with the other creamy buttery flavours, however, I’m undecided as to which I prefer. The measurements below will give you that light airy but buttery texture you see featured in the video. I hope you like it.
190 grams (1 1/3 cups) of plain flour
A big pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
115 grams of butter
200 grams (1 cup) of sugar
2 medium lemons (zest and juice)
1 teaspoon of vanilla (extract or essence)
360 grams (1.5 cups) of ricotta
Pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg *optional
Mascarpone to serve
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 356 degrees Fahrenheit and line a tin or pan with baking paper.
- Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
- Chop your zest BEFORE juicing your lemons – it’s much easier.
- Cream butter and sugar in a bowl (with lemon juice if you’re whipping by hand as I did).
- Add lemon juice and zest.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing well.
- Add vanilla and spice if you have these (if not, don’t fret – it will still be delicious).
- Add half the flour and mix gently.
- Add all the ricotta and mix again.
- Add the remaining flour and mix until just combined.
- Pour into the pan and leave to cook for about an hour… but it really depends on your oven (I find ovens so varying even at the same temperature!) so take a peek at about 45 mins. It shouldn’t wobble like jelly when you shake it in the pan. Or you can stick a knife in and see if it comes out clean but I always hate ruining the top of the cake and also, this cake is best when only JUST cooked so it’s still lovely and moist. Basically, see how in the video the top of my cake wasn’t totally golden, just light yellow and crisp. That is what you’re looking for.
- Serve with a generous spoonful of mascarpone!