Flourless Lemon, Almond & Ricotta Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8 - 10
Light and zingy, this flourless lemon ricotta cake is naturally gluten free and makes for the perfect Easter dessert. It somehow tastes even more delicious the next day and is lovely chilled with a spoonful of fruit or compote.
  • 120g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g golden caster sugar, divided
  • finely grated zest of 3 large unwaxed lemons
  • ½ a vanilla pod, seeds scraped
  • 4 large eggs, divided
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 250g ricotta
  • 45g flaked almonds
  • icing sugar, to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C fan. Lightly grease a 20cm round cake tin with butter and line the base with baking parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the butter and 150g sugar until light and fluffy, 2 - 3 minutes. Add the lemon zest and vanilla and beat again until combined. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  3. Fold the ground almonds into the mixture, followed by the ricotta.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the remaining 75g sugar and whisk until still peaks form. Fold a spoonful of whipped egg white into your almond mixture to loosen, then gently fold in the remaining egg whites until you have a smooth batter.
  5. Scrape the batter into your prepared tin, sprinkle over the flaked almonds then bake for 40 - 50 minutes or until firm and golden round the edges. The cake may have a slight wobble in the middle but will firm up once cooled.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the tin before transferring to a serving plate and dusting with icing sugar. Serve in thick slices with cream and a handful of raspberries, if you like.
  7. The cake will keep in an airtight container for several days and is also delicious chilled.
Recipe by thelittleloaf at http://www.thelittleloaf.com/2015/03/30/flourless-lemon-almond-ricotta-cake/