Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Italian Almond Ricotta Coffeecake with Rainier Cherries




Ricotta makes this tender, the cherries keep it moist a perfect combination!


This cake is usually without fruit but adding it was a great idea! We loved it...



2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar or more as needed for sprinkling
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1 cup chopped fruit,  rainier cherries, bing cherries or any kind of fruit that isn't full of juice, more of a dry fruit like blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, apple... these all work fine.
For the topping
 1/2 cup sliced almonds
cinnamon and sugar mixture see below
 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 8x8 square pan or rectangle. You can also make muffins if you prefer.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar, butter, and flavorings in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the ricotta. Beat in the egg, milk, almond extract and cherrie juice. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended (the batter will be thick and fluffy). Fold in cherries.
Pour into the prepared pan. Top the batter evenly with cinnamon sugar mixture below, sprinkle with sliced almonds and bake just to become pale golden on top, about 20 minutes. Cool. Great with coffee!  (smile). The cake is tender but heavy with that good old fashioned flavor.


Topping :
 •1/2 cup sugar
•1 tablespoon cinnamon
Mix together evenly and store in  a plastic or glass container with a lid.
Use for  many various toppings suggestions:  toast, pancakes, muffins,
cereals, cakes, cookies.

28 comments:

Melynda said...

Claudia this looks delicious and I have not used Rainier cherries in a recipe before, only eaten out of hand!

alison said...

coffee cake,wow,sounds and looks very tasty!

Federica said...

What a rich a nd tasty cake! I love ricotta cakes and this combination of ingredientis is wonderful. I'd like to have a slice now. Bye, have a great day

Leticia's Cook Book said...

OMG, this looks so good and easy to make! Can't wait to try it out!

Pam said...

I can see why you loved this! I love about anything with any kind of cherries and nothing beats a good coffee cake with cherries and almonds!

Emily Malloy said...

OH MY.

This is sooooooooooooo beautiful!

Joanna said...

Oh my goodness, that looks FANTASTIC! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

Kate@Diethood said...

I love looking at all your sweet creations... especially your desserts! You never disappoint..I love this cake!

Mary said...

This is really a lovely cake to start the day. Cherries have just become available here and I love new recipes that use them. I'll be making this soon. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Lori Lynn said...

Gorgeous! With a cup of black coffee, I would be in heaven all day!
LL

Ellie said...

I love ricotta cakes, this looks so moist and yummy!!! I will have to hone my baking skills :)

Moogie said...

Oh.... my. This looks fabulous!!!

Lenia said...

Your cake is mouthwatering!!!Well done,dear:)

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, When I saw the picture I said, out loud, "Oh!". This cake looks so moist and delicious. I must try this when my brother comes over. I know he would love it. Thank you for your visits and being such a nice friend. Blessings, Catherine xo

Tiffany said...

This totally looks moist! And oh, those cherries!

Claudia said...

You say "ricotta" and I come running. How sweetly tender this is - I think I will do it with berries. But of course, I still have your strawberry cannoli cake on my agenda. So lovely. So summer.

Reeni said...

What a delectable cake with those beautiful cherries! Wish I had a piece!

Swathi said...

Delicious and superb. That is the only world I can say.

ARLENE said...

I agree that the fruit is a great idea. I'm going to try this with blueberries.

Ann said...

Looks delish! I love ricotta....and cherries......and cake!

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy looking dessert delicious

Mamas Gotta Bake said...

This looks like an amazing cake. I love the combination of the cherries and the almond. I don't see those cherries around much, but I'll look for them since I'm inspired to make this cake.

Cooking Contests said...

I'm such a coffee cake fanatic and this looks great! In regards to the fruit choice, why should fruit with lots of juice be avoided? Does it interfere with the texture too much?
~Nancy Lewis~

Grandma Simpson Kitchen said...

Thank you for this wonderful coffee cake. I will try it very soon.

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

The ricotta must make this coffee cake so moist and rich! The fruit must have taken it to a new level of delish!

Sandra said...

Those cherries are front and center. It looks very moist.

Magic of Spice said...

Claudia, this is heavenly! Really a delightful coffee cake that I would love to pop by for a slice and cup of coffee for anytime of day :)

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me if this is shipable. Would require 3-4 days shipping. Will it still be fresh and mold free. email me at mdieck@windstream.net thanks for your assistance.