When is cake an acceptable breakfast choice? On Christmas of course, or for New Year’s or for Sunday brunch or any day when a cake is loaded with cranberries, Ricotta cheese and Greek Yogurt.
This is a pound cake-type recipe that is super moist thanks to the Ricotta and yogurt, and super flavorful thanks to the cranberry and orange. I also included instructions on how to make this gluten-free. Often the problem with gluten-free baking is that it’s either dried out and crumbly or half baked and mush in the center. This came out perfectly with just a couple easy alterations (see the * below).
Cranberry Orange Ricotta Cake
2 cups flour*
2 tsp. baking powder*
1 tsp vanilla
zest and juice from one orange (2 tsp orange zest and 1/4 cup orange juice)
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey (or your choice of sweetener)
2 cups cranberries
*Use 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour in place of the 2 cups regular flour and add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with butter. Mix dry ingredients, leaving out cranberries. Add in eggs, Ricotta, yogurt, orange juice and maple syrup. Mix cranberries in last. Pour into buttered loaf pan. Bake for 45-60 minutes depending on oven, until the cake starts pulling away from the edge of the pan and you can stick a knife in the center and it comes out clean.
Many of us are overwhelmed by all the food around during the holidays, but there are also many families who don’t have enough during any time of the year. One in four Maine children faces hunger. With its nine essential nutrients like Vitamin A & D, calcium, protein, phosphorous, potassium and more, milk could help close the nutritional gap with which these children are dealing. Access is an issue though. While milk is the most requested nutritious food at food pantries, it is the least donated. Some food pantries don’t have refrigeration to store dairy. The solution is the Great American Milk Drive. Anyone looking to help can donate $5 online at milklife.com/give. That money is in turn given to food banks as vouchers or coupons to be handed out and used to purchase milk in the grocery store. Enter your zip code, and that donation will go to an area food bank or pantry. Or text MILK to 27722 for an automatic $5 donation.