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Vanilla Cream Cheese Pound Cake With Sweet Ricotta Cream

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This Vanilla Cream Cheese Pound Cake With Sweet Ricotta Cream is a dessert that anyone can make from scratch without feeling intimidated by the process.

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Tip: Reserve the vanilla pod(s) for your granulated sugar. Vanilla sugar comes in handy for so many recipes.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes (mixing batter)
Cook Time 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes
Inactive Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time:  2 hours 15 minutes
Equipment: two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2- inch loaf pans
Electric mixer

Ingredients:
Non-stick baking spray
4 tablespoons of Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
8-ounce cream cheese, room temperature
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
3 cups of sifted cake flour (measured after sifted)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups of Ricotta cheese
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup powdered sugar
fresh mint for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325-degrees F.
Spray two non-stick metal loaf pans with non- stick spray. Sprinkle the insides of the pans with the Turbinado sugar, tilting the pans to cover evenly.

Place the butter, cream cheese, and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, until light and creamy. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure ingredients are well mixed. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the bowl before adding the next egg. Mix in the vanilla extract and vanilla seeds.

Combine the cake flour and salt in a large bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, scraping down the bowl and the beater with a rubber spatula. Mix the batter with the spatula to be sure everything is well mixed.

Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans, smooth the tops, and bake in the center rack of the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. The cake is done when toothpick or cake tester gadget, inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then carefully turn them out onto a baking rack and cook for another 30 minutes

To serve, slice a piece of Vanilla Cream Cheese Pound Cake topped with a dollop of Sweet Ricotta Cream. Garnish with fresh mint.

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Old Fashion Coffee Cake

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My Old Fashion Coffee Cake is a dessert that’s easy enough to make any time. This dessert is perfect when you’re entertaining and need something sweet to serve with coffee.

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Ricotta

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields: 8 servings
Equipment: Stand Mixer, pastry cutter, 8 x 8 glass baking dish

Ingredients:
5 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
2 cup of all-purpose flour
2 heaping teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 a teaspoon of Kosher salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup of whole milk, room temperature
1/4 cup of Ricotta cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup of sour cream, room temperature

Topping:
1/2 a cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
Powdered sugar for garnishing the top

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.

For The Cake:
Butter an 8 x 8-inch glass baking dish with butter. Add the flour, baking powder cinnamon, and Kosher salt into a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine.

In a large mixing bowl, start with the dry ingredients. Add all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and Kosher salt. Whisk all the ingredients together until combined.

In a Stand Mixer (or a hand-held electric mixer), on low speed fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg until just combined. Next, the sour cream, Ricotta, and vanilla extract.

Add the dry ingredients and milk alternately and mix until just incorporated. Do Not over mix. Pour the batter into the buttered 8 x 8 glass  baking dish

For The Topping:
Combine the flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and Kosher salt in a medium bowl and “cut”  the ingredients together with a pastry cutter. Sprinkle evenly, all over the top, completely covering the batter

Bake until the cake is golden brown, or until a cake tester comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cook for about 15 minutes before dusting the top with powdered sugar.

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Tips And Tricks In The Kitchen

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Have you ever been in the kitchen and started to cook or bake something and realized you were out of a certain ingredient. Well, I have a few tips and tricks that may help.

Buttermilk:
I know I don’t always have buttermilk when I need it. I learned a trick and I want to share it with you. How to make buttermilk using two ingredients you most likely have your kitchen. All you need is 1 cup of whole milk, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Stir together and let sit for 10 minutes on the counter. You now have buttermilk for your recipe.

Cake Flour:
Most of us have all-purpose flour in our pantry. Now, I’m not sure I really understand the science behind this but, I did learn that all-purpose flour has a higher protein content, than cake flour. In order to lower the protein content of the all-purpose flour, all you do is measure out 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Next, remove 2 tablespoons of the flour and replace it with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk together to combine well and you now have cake flour. Amazing right?

Powdered Sugar:
Powdered sugar is another easy one you can make if you have a spice grinder. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar to the spice grinder with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. That’s it. If you should need more than one cup, just add 1 tablespoon cornstarch for every cup of sugar.

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