Definition: blueberries and ricotta cheese sweetened with a touch of sugar.
Ricotta cheese & blueberries are a great alternative to your usual yogurt and fruit in the morning. Turning this combination into a cake makes for a perfect summer, backyard dessert.
Ricotta is made from whey, which is the by-product of making cheese, specifically provelone or mozzarella. I'll back it up for a second and give you a very basic (and I mean very basic) briefing on how to make cheese:
- Heat milk
- Add coagulating enzyme (rennet) and lactic acid bacterial cultures
- These bacteria feed off of lactose in milk and convert it into lactic acid, which increases the acidity of the milk and causes the proteins to coagulate
Ricotta not only adds a subtle creamy cheese flavour to this Blueberry Ricotta Cake, but it keeps it very moist and slightly dense. The blueberries tint the cake a dreamy shade of blue. Be sure to get your blueberries when they are in season, preferably from a local farm, in order to extract the best colour and flavour.