Italian Breakfast with Saffron and Ricotta Cake

Ricotta& saffron cake 1The typical  Italian breakfast is a strong espresso or cappuccino or  latte and a sweet pastry, bread with Nutella or jam.When having breakfast in Italy remember 4  words:“latte” is milk, “caffè latte” is latte , “caffè “is an espresso ,and “bar” is the café, the  coffee shop

At Toscana Mia we  like having a traditional Italian breakfast  with coffee, tea, and enjoy typical Italian cakes such as a  light ricotta cheese and saffron cake with an unexpected, surprising taste.

Saffron is such a versatile spice perfect in many Italian dishes,in small quantities because of its strong flavour and colour.Grounded saffron is mixed directly with the other ingredients, otherwise,   squeeze an orange/lemon, warm the juice slightly and dissolve the saffron in it before mixing to the dough.

Torta di Ricotta e Zafferano

Ricotta & saffron cake 2.300g ricotta cheese                       1 packet of  grounded saffron                   250g sugar                                      250g flour                                       1 lemon                                               16 gr. baking powder 0,5 gr. Vanilla powder                  1 pinch of salt                                    3 eggs

Decoration: Icing sugar

Grate the lemon   Microplane  zester.Ricotta & saffron Cake 3.Place the ricotta in a bowl with the saffron, and the sugar. Work them together until you have a cream.Add flour, zest ,vanilla powder , salt, egg yolks and mix well.Ricotta & saffron Cake 5

  • Whisk the egg whites stiffly and then gently fold them into the prepared mixture.Ricotta & saffron cake 4
  • Pour it into a cake tin and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 40-45 minutes.( 30 minutes in convection oven )
  • Remove the cake from the oven and leave it to cool.
  • Transfer it to a serving plate, dust with icing sugar .Ricotta Cheese & saffron cake

Buona Colazione ! Have a nice Breakfast !

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