Tuesday Treat

Honey & Ricotta Cake

This is one of those cakes which you can eat for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner!… It’s a very moist cheesecake, made with creamy ricotta, honey and a sprinkling of thyme leaves. The honey syrup will seem very runny but believe me it works. It’s a Greek recipe from Yasmin Khan’s cookbook ‘Ripe Figs’, you can serve it warm, as a soft pudding or cold when it is set and firm – it’s great with an espresso on the side!

650g ricotta cheese

150ml runny honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon cornflour


For the topping:

6 tablespoons runny honey

2 tablespoons thyme leaves

18  teaspoon ground cinnamon

*You will need a 20cm springform baking tin, greased with butter and sides lined with baking parchment.

  1. Place the ricotta in a large bowl and add the honey, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon zest and juice and a pinch of salt. Whisk the mixture until it is smooth and free of any lumps.
  2. Add the eggs to the cheese mixture along with the cornflour and whisk again.
  3. Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 50-60 minutes, until the top of the cake is golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the honey for the topping in a small saucepan with the thyme and cinnamon until it comes to the boil. Switch off the heat and leave the mixture to infuse.
  5. When the cake is cooked, remove from the oven and cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then gently transfer to a serving plate. Reheat the infused honey until it is loose and pourable, then spoon it over the cake.
  6. You can now either leave it to cool for 10 minutes before serving it as a warm pudding, or leave it until is completely set and serve it cold.

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