Baked ricotta cake with cherry and star anise compote - recipe

Baked ricotta cake with cherry and star anise compote

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  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan, gas mark 3).

  2. 2

       In a bowl, mix the ricotta until completely smooth and leave to one side.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 250g Ricotta
  3. 3

    In a mixer, whisk the egg whites and sugar to soft peaks, fold in the ricotta carefully until the mixture is completely combined and smooth with no lumps.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 2 Egg white(s) (free range) medium, whisked
    • 50g Unrefined golden caster sugar
  4. 4

    Divide the mixture equally among 6 buttered ramekins. (Should you want to turn out the ricotta cakes use a silicon muffin tray to ensure a smooth finish).

  5. 5

    Next create a bain-marie by placing them into a roasting tray and carefully pour boiling water into the tray until it’s halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

  6. 6

    Place in the oven for 20 minutes, or until firm to the touch.

  7. 7

    Remove the ramekins or silicon tray from the bain-marie and allow to cool.

  8. 8

    To make the compote place all the ingredients into a pan and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Until the syrup is lovely and glossy and the cherries are still whole. This can be stored in the fridge once it has cooled down.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 400g Cherries pitted
    • 200g Glace cherries
    • 3 Star anise whole
    • 100ml Water
    • 150ml Unrefined dark muscovado sugar
    • 100ml Cherry brandy
  9. 9

    To serve, poor the compote over the baked ricotta cake or turn the cooled ricotta cake out onto a plate and spoon over some of the lovely glossy compote. For an extra decoration place a whole star anise on top of each cake.

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