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If you are planning to entertain this week or happen to be traveling to visit friends - I have the perfect host/hostess bring-along, or an outstanding dessert with wide appeal to finish a dinner. I created this recipe knowing it would be one of those cakes that gets better with age; meaning, it tastes even better the day after it is baked.
Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake
Makes one large loaf, or three demi-loaves
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1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup sweet butter, softened
1 1/2 cups (15 oz container) fresh whole-milk ricotta, drained
1 1/2 cups Turbino or granulated sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Grease and flour 9-inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, cream butter, and sugar until smooth and light. Fold in ricotta in three parts. Scrape bowl well with a spatula. Mix dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter and sugar and mix just until flour is absorbed with eggs one at a time, scraping sides of bowl after each addition. Add lemon juice and vanilla.
Scrape down sides of the bowl, mix on low speed, 30 seconds just until batter is completely mixed. Do not over mix. Over mixing will toughen cake and produce air pockets. Pour the batter into greased pan and smooth on top. Once pan is filled with batter, tap pan against table or counter to remove air pockets.
Bake for 45-55 minutes. After 40 minutes, lower to 325 degrees until done. Allow cake to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes. Remove from pan; finish cooling on wire rack. Top with confectioner’s sugar before serving.