Not that it's valentines, but my husband has been wanting something cake like, with a ricotta as an ingredient. Ever since the Lemon Ricotta Cake, anything with ricotta is a pleaser for Him! So my the next recipe lies in the below creation. Another creamy textured nutty flavored cake! Anyway for all those out there Happy Valentines Day!!!
Whole dry-roasted hazelnuts - 1cup (250 mL)
Sugar - 2⁄3cup (160 mL)
Vegetable Oil - 1⁄3cup (80 mL)
Ricotta Cheese - 1/2cup (125 mL)
Eggs - 2
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp (5 mL)
Finely Grated Lemon or Orange Zest - 2 tsp
All Purpose Flour - 3/4 cup (180mL)
Baking Powder - 1tsp (5 mL)
Salt - 1/4tsp (1 mL)
For the glaze:
Apricot Jam – 4 tablespoons
Water – 1 teaspoon
Grated Bitter Unsweetened Chocolate
Preheat the oven to 350°f (175°c) and grease an 8-inch (20 cm) cake pan. Using a food processor, pulse the hazelnuts and sugar until the hazelnuts are finely ground. Add the oil, ricotta, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest, and pulse to blend. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and pulse just until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the cake for about 35 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes before turning out to cool completely.
To make the glaze, place the jam with the water in a small pan over a gentle heat to dilute until you get a smooth, fairly runny consistency. Brush over the top of the cake and sprinkle with the grated chocolate.