Blueberry, Hazelnut & Ricotta Cake
- 115 grams unsalted butter
- 125 grams caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 25 grams plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1 lemon zest only
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 150 grams ground hazelnuts
- 250 grams ricotta cheese
- 1 punnet blueberries 150 grams
- 100 grams hazelnuts roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons demerara sugar
Recipes are nomads: they travel from one person to the next and, like Chinese whispers, they change a bit each time they pass. We don’t know where this recipe started its journey, but it came to us from Laura Jane, a wonderful Australian baker with whom we worked for a spell. She used to bake it with chocolate flakes – delicious – which we changed to blueberries. This is in fact a cheesecake in disguise. The ricotta keeps it extremely moist and juicy while the ground hazelnuts bring texture and flavour, and work terrifically well with the fruit. After you have made it once or twice, why not experiment with the fruit-nut combo – walnut and date perhaps, or strawberry and almonds?
Recipe from the book "Honey & Co" by Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer. Hodder & Stoughton 2015
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4.
- Butter the bottom of a 23cm (9 inch) cake tin, line with baking parchment and butter the sides.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy – you can use an electric mixer with a paddle attachment or do it by hand with a large spatula.
- Add the eggs one at a time, making sure each is well combined before adding the next.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the flour, salt, lemon zest, ground ginger and ground hazelnuts and mix until fully incorporated.
- Fold the ricotta and half the blueberries into the batter and scoop into the prepared tin.
- Top with the remaining blueberries and the roughly chopped hazelnuts, and sprinkle with the demerara sugar.
- Bake for about 55–65 minutes or until the cake has set, the blueberries have exploded a little and oozed blue syrup, and the hazelnuts are golden.
- Allow to cool in the tin. Once cooled, place in the fridge to help it set so that you can transfer it to a serving platter.
- The cake keeps well in the fridge for 3–4 days, but it’s best to bring it up to room temperature before eating so that you can enjoy all the flavours to the full.