In my family, Christmas is all about good food, good wine, good music and an occasion for a big family reunion. This year I decided to bake a simple cake with a glamorous twist of lemon and lime topped with a glaze of orange marmalade and drop of whisky. Serve with a vanilla and lemon yoghurt. This is the perfect cake for a hot summer day !
INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE
1 1/2 cups full fat Ricotta cheese
4 large eggs, separated
zest from 3 large lemons
zest from 2 large limes
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
1- Preheat the oven to 180C.
2- Lightly grease, or line with baking paper, a medium size spring-form pan.
3- Beat the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest, lime zest, egg yolks and ricotta cheese and beat until smooth.
4- Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt, and beat into the butter mixture until well combined.
5- Wash your beaters well, and then beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter then spoon the batter into your prepared tin.
6- Bake for 50 minutes, or until a cake tester stuck into the centre comes out clean.
7- Allow to cool and remove from the pan.
FOR THE TOPPING
4 tablespoons good quality orange marmalade
3 tablespoons of water
2 tablespoons of good quality Scotch,whisky
1- Over a low heat put 4 tablespoons of orange marmalade and 3 tablespoons of water in a small pan. Let the marmalade melt and reduce a bit.
2- Put aside to cool and then add 2 tablespoons of scotch- whisky and pour over the cake while still warm.
FOR THE YOGHURT SAUCE
1 medium pot of vanilla yoghurt
1 tablespoon of lemon extract
1 tablespoon of powder sugar
1- Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl using a whisk.
2- Serve on the side with the cake.
3- Decorate the yoghurt with lemon or lime zest or both or cut lemon and lime skin into very fine long strips with a sharp knife.
– Do not worried if the mixture looks a little bit heavy, you will end up with a beautiful light cake.