Friday, 23 May 2014

Pound Cake with Tre Stelle Ricotta Cheese and a Giveaway

When it comes to cheese, Tre Stelle has always been one of my favourite brands. I had some leftover Tre Stelle Ricotta cheese after making my popular Microwave Kalakand ( Indian Milk Fudge). I  tried this Ricotta Cheese Pound Cake and it turned out to quite moist, tender and delicious.

Ricotta Cheese Pound Cake recipe

 For those of you unfamiliar with Ricotta, it has a smooth, creamy texture and a delicate milky aroma. Tre Stelle Ricotta is available in Regular, Smooth and Light versions. However, when it comes to desserts, I prefer full-fat ricotta. Tre Stelle Ricotta cheese is halal-certified by IFANCA. It also bears the kosher symbol.

Tre Stelle Halal Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta Cheese Pound Cake
Recipe adapted from Laura's Sweet Spot

Ingredients:
  •  1 1/2 cups cake flour
  •  2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more to grease the baking pan
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 table spoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups regular ricotta cheese
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  •  1 orange, zested
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  Method:
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
2) In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to blend.
3) In bowl of electric mixer, measure out sugar and mix in the orange zest . Beat a few seconds with the paddle attachment to combine well.
4) Add butter and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Add ricotta and continue to beat, until well incorporated and light, about 2 minutes or so.
5) With the machine running, add the eggs 1 at a time, mixing one full minute after each. Add the vanilla and almond extract until combined.
6) Add the dry ingredients, a small amount at a time and stir gently until just incorporated.
7) Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Giveaway
One lucky cheese lover can win this custom Cheese Board set from Tre Stelle. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.
Tre Stelle Cheese Board Giveaway
I'm adding this giveaway to The Food Blog Diary. To enter the give away please use the widget below:
 Disclaimer: I received free product coupons and samples. However, all views and opinions expressed are my own. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my views.
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I am linking this to Bake of the Week hosted by Casa Costello.
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60 comments:

  1. I am interested to know which vanilla extract bottle do you use?

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  2. Mmm this looks so moist and tasty - am lovely bake. I've never baked using ricotta but judging by your results, it looks a winner. Feel free to add to Bake of the Week x

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  3. Yes, never in a cake though. I use ricotta in italian recipes like lasagna, stuffed shells, and manicotti. :)

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  4. I have had Ricotta Cheese and love it in Rasmalai!

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    1. That's a great idea Asiya. I would love to try Rasmalai with ricotta cheese.

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  5. I have never had Ricotta Cheese but it is on my list of foods to try. (Judy Cowan)

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  6. Yes but not in cakes, I use ricotta in baklava

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  7. Ive never tried ricotta cheese before.

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  8. I've had ricotta cheese many times. My favourite dish that uses it is lasagna!

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  9. Yes I have and like to use it in lasagna or cannelloi

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  10. entered the awesome giveaway I use it mostly in lasagna, I have tried cookies with it before which turned out delicious

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  11. This looks and sounds delicious, I have only ever used ricotta in savoury meals, must try this! x #BakeoftheWeek

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  12. Ricotta cheese in my lasagna. Always. (Widget entry through sandyroo[at]live[dot]com)

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  13. In cannelloni, just love it with red sauce

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  14. oh goodness... that cake looks so rich and delicious....

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  15. i use ricotta cheese in lasagna when I make it.

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  16. I have used it in my lasagna.

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  18. I use ricotta cheese all the time in my lasagna.

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  19. yes I've tried it. I'm like Garfield, Lasagna is my favorite dish with Ricotta cheese.

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  20. Yes I have tried it in "Budwig cream" and lasagna!

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  21. I have tried it in "Budwig cream" and lasagna!

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  22. No I never try it before

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  23. skillet lasagna is the best...

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  24. I have tried ricotta. Nothing tops having ricotta in lasagna!

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  25. i use Ricotta in my Lasagna

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  26. Yes , and in Lasagna yummy :) Facebook Name Treen Goodwin

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  27. I've used it in a zucchini lasagna

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  28. I love ricotta cheese!

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  29. i have never tried ricotta but definitely looks delicious!!

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  30. Yes, I have used it in desserts and in lasagnas.

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  31. Yes, I have used it before. I blend it with mozzarella in my lasagna.

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  32. I`ve used Ricotta cheese in many pasta dishes before, such as 3 cheese manicotti!

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  33. I used it a few times for lasansa and some desserts but not in a while

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  34. I've only used it in lasagna! But I love baking with cream cheese so this all sounds so good!

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  35. I have never tried ricotta cheese before.

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  36. Yes i have tried ricotta cheese

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  37. I have never tried Ricotta cheese

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  38. I have only used it in lasagne

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  39. I use ricotta all the time. Fresh ricotta on crostini, in pasta dishes, desserts etc

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  40. Love Ricotta!! I've never tried it in cake before though, must try!

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  41. This looks great. I've never tried ricotta before.. may be it is time to do with this moist cake.

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  42. I've had ricotta in dishes other people have made but I've never used it in my own cooking.

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  43. I have tried ricotta cheese before.

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  44. Homemade manicotti is my favorite to make with ricotta!

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  45. Yes I have used ricotta cheese before. I use it in my lasagna yum!

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  46. Been using it for years, mostly in my lasagne!!

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  47. I have not used Ricotta before, but plan to!

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  48. Yes I have tried ricotta cheese but only in lasagna.

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  49. Just wondering if you eat halal why do you use the extracts (vanilla and any other flavour) since extracts contain ethyl alcohol !!!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Regarding the issue of whether baked goods or other products such as ice creams containing vanilla extract are halal or not, I had discussed this issue with IFANCA which is a leading halal certifying agency in North America since I am not an authority on halal or haram. This is the answer I received:
      "When it comes to consuming any product, it is a personal decision. Everyone has to make up their own mind as to what is permissible and what is not permissible. Of course, not everyone is an expert in fiqh or food science, so we all find ourselves seeking information from authorities in each field. I say information rather than guidance, because we each have to decide for ourselves what is acceptable and what is not acceptable and we must feel at peace with our decision. After consultation with Islamic scholars, understanding the food science, and testing we have concluded that products containing less than 0.1% alcohol that is not sourced from an alcoholic beverage can be certified halal. That is to say, the alcohol cannot be beer, wine, hard liquor, etc. or anything that is a consumable alcoholic beverage. It must be alcohol used in the food industry as a processing aid for technical reasons. At less than 0.1%, our testing has confirmed it is not detectable by sight, smell, or taste and it is not intoxicating in any quantity (i.e., eating 10 gallons of ice cream with less than 0.1% alcohol in it will not intoxicate the consumer). On that basis, a consumer product such as ice cream containing less than 0.1% alcohol used for technical reasons would qualify to be halal certified. Now, the vanilla flavoring, which contains 35% alcohol would not qualify for halal certification but its use in the ice cream or other product does not automatically disqualify the ice cream or other product from being halal certified". BTW, many vanilla extracts are also being marketed as halal brands these days.

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