Italian Almond Ricotta Coffeecake with Rainier Cherries




Ricotta makes this tender, the cherries keep it moist a perfect combination!


This cake is usually without fruit but adding it was a great idea! We loved it...



2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar or more as needed for sprinkling
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1 cup chopped fruit,  rainier cherries, bing cherries or any kind of fruit that isn't full of juice, more of a dry fruit like blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, apple... these all work fine.
For the topping
 1/2 cup sliced almonds
cinnamon and sugar mixture see below
 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 8x8 square pan or rectangle. You can also make muffins if you prefer.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar, butter, and flavorings in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the ricotta. Beat in the egg, milk, almond extract and cherrie juice. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended (the batter will be thick and fluffy). Fold in cherries.
Pour into the prepared pan. Top the batter evenly with cinnamon sugar mixture below, sprinkle with sliced almonds and bake just to become pale golden on top, about 20 minutes. Cool. Great with coffee!  (smile). The cake is tender but heavy with that good old fashioned flavor.


Topping :
 •1/2 cup sugar
•1 tablespoon cinnamon
Mix together evenly and store in  a plastic or glass container with a lid.
Use for  many various toppings suggestions:  toast, pancakes, muffins,
cereals, cakes, cookies.

28 comments:

  1. Claudia this looks delicious and I have not used Rainier cherries in a recipe before, only eaten out of hand!

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  2. coffee cake,wow,sounds and looks very tasty!

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  3. What a rich a nd tasty cake! I love ricotta cakes and this combination of ingredientis is wonderful. I'd like to have a slice now. Bye, have a great day

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  4. OMG, this looks so good and easy to make! Can't wait to try it out!

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  5. I can see why you loved this! I love about anything with any kind of cherries and nothing beats a good coffee cake with cherries and almonds!

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  6. OH MY.

    This is sooooooooooooo beautiful!

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  7. Oh my goodness, that looks FANTASTIC! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

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  8. I love looking at all your sweet creations... especially your desserts! You never disappoint..I love this cake!

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  9. This is really a lovely cake to start the day. Cherries have just become available here and I love new recipes that use them. I'll be making this soon. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. Gorgeous! With a cup of black coffee, I would be in heaven all day!
    LL

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  11. I love ricotta cakes, this looks so moist and yummy!!! I will have to hone my baking skills :)

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  12. Oh.... my. This looks fabulous!!!

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  13. Your cake is mouthwatering!!!Well done,dear:)

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  14. Dear Claudia, When I saw the picture I said, out loud, "Oh!". This cake looks so moist and delicious. I must try this when my brother comes over. I know he would love it. Thank you for your visits and being such a nice friend. Blessings, Catherine xo

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  15. This totally looks moist! And oh, those cherries!

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  16. You say "ricotta" and I come running. How sweetly tender this is - I think I will do it with berries. But of course, I still have your strawberry cannoli cake on my agenda. So lovely. So summer.

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  17. What a delectable cake with those beautiful cherries! Wish I had a piece!

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  18. Delicious and superb. That is the only world I can say.

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  19. I agree that the fruit is a great idea. I'm going to try this with blueberries.

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  20. Looks delish! I love ricotta....and cherries......and cake!

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  21. This looks like an amazing cake. I love the combination of the cherries and the almond. I don't see those cherries around much, but I'll look for them since I'm inspired to make this cake.

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  22. I'm such a coffee cake fanatic and this looks great! In regards to the fruit choice, why should fruit with lots of juice be avoided? Does it interfere with the texture too much?
    ~Nancy Lewis~

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  23. Thank you for this wonderful coffee cake. I will try it very soon.

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  24. The ricotta must make this coffee cake so moist and rich! The fruit must have taken it to a new level of delish!

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  25. Those cherries are front and center. It looks very moist.

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  26. Claudia, this is heavenly! Really a delightful coffee cake that I would love to pop by for a slice and cup of coffee for anytime of day :)

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  27. Can anyone tell me if this is shipable. Would require 3-4 days shipping. Will it still be fresh and mold free. email me at mdieck@windstream.net thanks for your assistance.

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