Thursday, March 22, 2018

upside down hapiness

I must share a recipe for instant happiness. It might not work for everyone but I was blown away after just one bite. There are so many good recipes for all sorts of cakes, but this one is really something. I have tried several similar already before but this one is a killer. 
Get all ingredients you need. Turn the oven on. And celebrate extra snow with this upside down cake. Winter time in its bloom, 'cause it's Spring after all.

Almond Ricotta Cake
adapted from Liz Prueitt (Tartine All Day)

2 oranges, thinly sliced (few slices of grapefruit works just fine as well)
125ml sugar + 30ml (2tbsp) water
113g butter, room temperature
150g sugar
3 eggs, separate yolks from whites
3 lemons (zest and juice)
170g ricotta cheese
60g polenta
135g ground almonds, blanched and roasted
pinch of salt

Prepare 22cm round pan with baking paper on the bottom. Mix 125ml sugar with 30ml water and spread over bottom of the pan. Slice oranges very thinly and arrange slices over sugar. Cream butter and sugar and mix in 3 yolks (on by one). Add ricotta, lemon juice and zest, polenta and ground almonds. Whisk 3 egg whites with a pinch of salt and fold in the batter. 
Spread the batter over oranges and bake in the preheated oven about 40-50 minutes on 163C. 
Let cool for 10-15 minutes, then ease a knife around the edge of the pan, place a plate on top and turn it upside-down.

Looking at the calendar, it's Spring. Looking trough the window, it's Winter. Looking at my plate, it's upside down happiness. And wouldn't mind having it all day long!