8:56 a.m. and I have a morning’s baking done. Mother’s Day is coming up so I wanted to bake our favourite cake that my friend Ariane turned me onto. She was looking for something gluten free and baked this cake when I visited her. I don’t care about whether it’s gluten free or not, but it was important to her, and so it might be good for others out there who are also gluten intolerant. You can find Ariane’s recipe at the end of this post. It’s supposed to be an almond cake but I have several hazelnut trees in my yard so I experimented by substituting hazelnuts and it worked just fine.
You have to imagine this cake on a pretty plate, served with dollops of whipped cream, or ice cream if you want to do the easy route. Either way, it’s the best cake I’ve tasted in a long time and it’s VERY easy to make. Thank you, Ariane!
The rest of the things in the photo were put together while the cake was baking. On the left, is the easy ciabatta bread that I learned about in the ciabatta bread video (Click on “bread” to view the tutorial on easy ciabatta bread) and in the top of the photo is my usual (60%) whole wheat bread dough with milk, honey, and caraway.
The muffins were an afterthought because I had ground hazelnuts left over from the cake, so I added a tiny bit of flour, some currants, baking powder, salt, sugar, milk eggs, melted butter. It was easy because all the ingredients were already on the table.
I just noticed that the muffin tin looks well used. Oh well … better than sitting in the cupboard all shiny and never used.
Now, will it be tea or coffee with your muffin? Sorry, I can’t serve the cake until tomorrow. It’s especially made for my mother-in-law. But you’re welcome to a muffin.
Ariane’s Lemon Ricotta Almond Cake
2 cups almond meal (I use hazelnuts because I have them – grind them in the food processor with the fine grater blade, or you can use the cutter blades and chop until the hazelnuts turn to meal – it’s noisy).
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs
1 cup (or less) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups ricotta cheese (I use cottage cheese – works just fine)
juice of one lemon (about 3 Tbsp.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine almond meal, baking powder and salt.
- In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well. (I do this in the food processor, processing the cottage cheese until smooth and then adding the other ingredients).
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir well until smooth.
- Pour mixture into buttered 9-in. pan, deep pie dish, or springform pan (my favourite).
- Bake 55-60 min. until cake is completely puffed up, no longer jiggly in the center, and golden brown on the edges.
- Cool cake completely (it will deflate) and chill in fridge at least 4 hrs. before serving.
- Cake remains moist and is better the next day. Serve with whipped cream, or ice cream, or garnish with lemon zest. Cut slices small like you would cheesecake. It’s very filling. You can always have a second slice…. You probably will.