I bought some fresh ricotta at Trader Joe’s, and there’s a warning inside that says once it’s opened it has to be used right away! I used some in a savory tart, and I had about a cup left over, so I decided to make a cake with it. It’s not a cheesecake, because it has flour and ground almonds in it, but it is a dense, satisfying cake. I also splurged on some bonne maman four fruits jam, and that features prominently here as well. Again, this is an easy cake to make, I used the food processor for the whole thing.
Here’s the White Stripes with Black Jack Davey.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
6 T butter
zest of half a lemon
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 cup ricotta
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup jam
1 T rum
Preheat the oven to 375 and lightly butter and flour a large cake pan.
In a food processor, process the eggs till light and frothy. Add the sugar and vanilla and process again. Add the butter and lemon zest and process until everything is combined and uniform.
Add the almonds and process until very smooth. Add the flour, baking soda and salt, and process again. Add the ricotta and milk and process until you have a smooth batter, about the consistency of dense whipped cream.
In a small bowl, combine the rum and jam, until the jam is thinner and more spreadable.
Spread half the batter in the pan. Spoon dollops of jam over and swirl them around. Spread the rest of the batter, and spoon the rest of the jam on in dollops. Using a knife or fork, make pretty patterns in the batter. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until puffed and golden. It should spring up when you touch it lightly.