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Ricotta Vanilla pound cake…

I found this recipe/blog through foodgawker and I kept going back to it because it looked so good!!

I tweaked it a bit by adding more vanilla than called for because it was just telling me to add more and I am so glad that I did because the end result was a creamy, buttery vanilla goodness that I just couldn’t get enough of !!! This is not a dry pound cake, that’s for sure!

Ricotta Pound cake

Ricotta Pound Cake

(makes one 9-inch cake, about 10 servings)

1 1/2 cups cake flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups fresh whole-milk ricotta

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1/2 vanilla bean (I added a whole one)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I added another 1/2 tsp)

Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray or butter, dust it with flour, and tap to knock out the excess.

In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream togther butter, ricotta, and sugar on medium speed until smooth and light, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of the bowl after each addition. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds with blunt side of a small knife, then beat them into batter along with vanilla extract. On low speed, beat in dry ingredients to combine them, scrape down sides of the bowl, and beat batter for 30 seconds on medium speed.

Pour batter into prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth the top. Give the pan a few gentle whacks on the counter to remove any air pockets. Bake cake for 15 minutes, then turn the pan 180 degrees to ensure even browning. Lower the temperature to 325 degrees and continue baking until the cake springs back lightly when touched, the sides have begun to pull away from the pan, and a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 25 to 35 minutes more. Allow cake to cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then carefully invert it onto the rack to cool completely.

Dust cake lightly with confectioners’ sugar before serving it; the flavor is best on the next day. Any leftover cake may be wrapped in plastic and kept at room temperature for up to 3 days. The cake also freezes beautifully, wrapped in plastic, and place in a large, sealable plastic bag.

From “Dolce Italiano”

Vanilla… day 4…

just wanted to give an update on the vanilla…

the day after I made it it was already changing colour and everyday it has been getting darker… now… just 4 days after, it looks like this and the vanilla smell is starting to take over the alcohol smell…

I just know that it is going to be a treat…

vanilla... day 4

and Katey, I had read that you can just replenish it with more alcohol if you leave the vanilla beans in it…

I am definitaly going to be trying brandy for that… or maybe more rum…

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