Orange Ricotta Cake with Honeyed Orange Peel

TIP: Make the Honeyed Orange Peel the day before you’d like to serve the Orange Ricotta cake to allow the orange peels time to dry.

TIP: Allow the cake to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes after baking before attempting to remove it from the pan.

TIP: This cake is best enjoyed warm. If not eaten right away store, tightly covered, in the fridge and warm a slice in the microwave for just a bit when you’re ready for a piece.

TIP: If the cake is too dry for you a dollop of vanilla yogurt is a nice topping!


Ingredients

4 Tbsp butter (melted)
¼ cup Splenda (granulated baking sweetener)

½ tsp almond extract
4 eggs
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese 
2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt



Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Lightly grease a 9 inch round springform pan.  

With a large fork cream together the butter, almond extract, and Splenda, and orange juice in a large bowl. Add the eggs and ricotta cheese and beat until well mixed and fluffy.
 

In a smaller bowl mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.


Mix the dry ingredients into the wet batter. (The batter will be quite thick because of the coconut flower). Gently spread the batter into the springform pan.

Bake for 40 minutes or until baked through and slightly golden brown on top. Serve the Orange Ricotta Cake warm, and top each serving with a couple Honeyed Orange Peels (recipe below).


 

Honeyed Orange Peel

Ingredients:

Peel from 1 large orange
1 ½ cup water (divided)
½ cup honey

Directions:


Cut the orange in quarters and remove all of the orange “meat” and the white pith from each quarter. Slice the orange into long, skinny strips.


In a small saucepan, boil the orange strips in 1 cup of water for 30 minutes.


Add an additional ½ cup water and the honey to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the burner down and simmer the orange peels and honey for one hour. The water and honey will thicken and bubble so give it a good stir every once in a while, and watch the heat, so that you do not accidentally burn the honey.

Remove the orange peels and allow to air dry for about 4 hours or more.