Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ricotta Pound Cake

Today I made the first recipe from my new cookbook...
(Dolce Italiano by Gina DePalma)
I was so excited to make it.
I bought all the ingredients I was missing.

Ricotta Pound Cake( from Gina DePalma’s Dolce Italiano)

1 1/2 c cake flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 c unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c fresh whole-milk ricotta
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 vanilla bean
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and place rack in center.
Grease and flour 9-inch loaf pan.

In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream together butter, ricotta, and sugar until smooth and light.
Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping sides of bowl after each addition.
If you have a vanilla bean split it lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with the blunt side of a small knife, then beat them into the batter along with the vanilla extract.
On low speed, beat in dry ingredients to combine them, scrape down sides of the bowl, and beat the batter for 30 seconds on medium.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula. Tap pan on counter a few times to remove air pockets.
Put cake in oven and let bake for 15 minutes, then turn 180 degrees to ensure even browning.

Lower the temperature to 325°F (160°C) and let bake until cake springs back when lightly touched, the sides of the cake have pulled away from the sides of the pan, and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes more.
The preparation process went really well and the cake looked great.

BUT when the baking time was up the cake still looked wet.

I left it in the oven to bake for an additional 15 minutes but at that point the edges began to get too dark and the center was still wet and heavy.

I removed it from the oven and let it cool- then I removed it from the pan. It came out very easily but was clearly still wet!

The cake smelled great ...but this was not Ginas Ricotta Pound Cake.

Time to make it again.!

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