Our Nonna was the best Italian cook in the whole wide world - maybe it was because she was born in Italy and lived there until she got married. Nonna baked many Italian desserts that mom makes because she insists on carrying on holiday traditions.
One dessert that mom has never had (because Nonna never made it) is Ricotta Almond Cake. It's made at Easter. A site on facebook posted a "Cooking with Nonna" link and mom read the recipe and immediately started to drool.
It's 1 pound of ricotta and 1/2 pound of almond paste, 4 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar and the juice of 1/2 an orange. That's it - so simple!
Mix ingredients well and pour into a well-buttered 8" X 8" pan. Bake at 400 degrees for approx 1 hour until it's a beautiful golden color. Test with toothpick.
This cake is soooooooo simple. It doesn't even have a crust so it's healthier for you, right?!
And the taste - yummmmmmmmmm. If you like marzipan and that intense almond taste, this cake is for you. It's wonderfully flavorful and rich and delicious! We will definitely be making this again and again!
We had snow showers all day yesterday! What happened to spring?!
Mitch and Molly