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Lemon ricotta cake served with fresh berries

Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake with Berries

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more to grease the baking pan
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar plus 1 tablespoon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 lemons zested
  • 2 cups mixed berries fresh or frozen (if using frozen thaw before using)
  • Whipped cream for serving optional

Instructions
 

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan with butter. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • 2. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, ricotta cheese,  and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the machine running, add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and lemon zest and mix until combined.
  • 3. Add the dry ingredients, a small amount at a time, until just incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 4. Meanwhile, place the mixed berries in a small bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir well and set aside until serving time.
  • 5. To serve, slice the pound cake and serve with a spoonful of mixed berries. Top with whipped cream, if desired.