With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Berry Pound Cake Mini Loaves with Ricotta and Lemon

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Berry Pound Cake Mini Loaves with Ricotta and Lemon

Using leftover ricotta and some berries in the fridge from the holidays, I made small pound cake loaves.  Trying to lighten the recipe a little, I substitutes applesauce for half of the butter and part skim ricotta.

After cooking, I like to slice the loaves, layer between waxed paper and freeze in containers so they are ready for whenever someone wants a treat.  The small loaves also make a sweet gift to give away.

Berry Pound Cake Mini Loaves with Ricotta and Lemon
adapted from Simply Recipes and leGourmetTV

Makes 3 mini loaves (about 3 1/4 x 5 1/2-inches)

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Tbs butter at room temperature
6 Tbs unsweetened applesauce

1 cup ricotta cheese (I use part skim) at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tbs lemon zest
1 cup fresh blackberries, (cut if large) or berry of choice

Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare 3 mini loaf pans by coating the inside with butter or spraying with PAM.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, ricotta, and sugar, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time; stir in the lemon zest and vanilla extract.

With mixer on lowest speed, spoon in a third of the dry ingredients and stir until incorporated. Repeat with remaining flour mixture. Gently fold in the berries.

Pour batter into prepared pans, smoothing top with spatula. Bake for 40-45 mins, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pans. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen and gently remove the cake; cool completely on wire rack.

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Oh yummy sweetie...thanks for the great r├ęcipe! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holidays and may you have a happy, blessed and healthy New Year's 2014, along with your beautiful family!
PS: Can I bake this cake in one big loaf pan?...and if yes, what size? Thanks hon.

Lorrie said...

These loaves look delicious! We're still eating Christmas baking, but I'll be marking this for the future!
Happy New Year!

Susan said...

Hello LDH. Those look most yummified. Bet they made the whole house smell nice, too.Yum yum yum yum yum Susan

NanaDiana said...

THAT looks delicious! I have not had working ovens since mid October. I am so angry with the Bosch company right now I could fly! xo Diana

Ann said...

they look so good. I like making all my quick breads in those small pans too, they're the perfect size for just two of us in the house

nancycreative.com said...

Such pretty loaves–they look so yummy! :)

Barbara F. said...

Mmmm. Perfect weather to bake! Happy New Year Lorraine to you and your family! xo

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

The look absolutely delicious and don't seem to have suffered at all from being lightened in calories. Wonderful idea!

Alison Agnew said...

those little loaves
look delicious
and would make perfect gifts!

would love for you to share
at the new/old Fridays Unfolded
this week!

Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

Maggie Ann said...

Just to look at the pictures is mouth-watering!

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

You had me at lemon.

The Old Parsonage said...

They photos are wonderful - I could just bite one right now. I'm hungry and trying to be good. Guess I'll grab a fruit and juice bar.

Happy New Year!


Debbie Petras said...

You're making me hungry Lorraine! Looks delicious. I had to pin it.

corners of my life said...

Ok - now I am hungry. Wish I had these ingredients right now!

Winnie said...

Fantastic looking cake!
I love the way the texture looks :)

Happy New Year Lorraine

Laurie said...

This recipe looks delicious, and I am looking forward to making it, Lorraine. My grandchildren love blackberries, so we always seem to have them on hand. Blessings to you this new year!


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