KOSHER RECIPES FOR GLUTEN-FREE LIVING
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Lemon Ricotta-Almond Cake
This rich, lovely cake is inspired by Ilva's gluten-free Almond and Ricotta Cake. This cake is one of the most exciting things I've baked this year. I really loved how it turned out. I packed up slices of it to take with me on my trip this weekend and it satisfied my sweet tooth while the folks around me snacked on gluten-laden treats that looked just plain boring in comparison. Unlike many gluten-free cakes, this one will stay moist for days, even when eaten at room temperature. The delicate tastes of almond and lemon compliment each other beautifully. It is higher in protein and calcium than most baked goods, which is a great perk (though it obviously doesn't negate its sugary, buttery decadence). I use the Almond Meal/Flour from Bob's Red Mill, which can be bought at most health food stores or online. I recommend using Pamela's Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix* like the recipe calls for, but you can use another gluten-free all-purpose flour mix as long as it contains xanthan or guar gum!
Happy New Year to all! Let's raise a slice of cake to a 2007 full of health, joy, and peace.
LEMON RICOTTA-ALMOND CAKE
1/2 cup almond meal or almond flour (finely ground)
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup Pamela's Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix*
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk eggs and sugar. Add almond meal and butter, and stir well. Pulse ricotta in blender or mash by hand, and then add to batter. Stir thoroughly to combine before folding in Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix. Lastly, add the lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract and mix the batter to blend. Grease 8" round cake pan. Pour batter into the cake pan, and bake for 30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving warm. Dust with powdered sugar and/or garnish with fruit.
*Edited 3/09 to add: Pamela's baking mixes are under kosher supervision but are not certified by a mainstream kosher certifying agency, so most people who keep strictly kosher kitchens will want to use another gluten-free all-purpose flour mix. I no longer use Pamela's products in my house since I now have a more strictly kosher kitchen. If in doubt, check with your rabbi!