As I’m unable to ever change just a single parameter (very unscientific of me, I know), I also tried making this with normal (wet) ricotta, which had been drained in a sieve. It worked very well, so if you can’t find dry ricotta, you could probably substitute standard ricotta in its place – just make sure you drain it for at least an hour until it’s really dry. If you’re buying wet ricotta, make sure you buy more than you need, and measure the ricotta for the recipe after it has drained. Of course, you could also use dry ricotta for this recipe, as per our original recipe.
To make the crustless ricotta cake, I lined my 8″/20cm springform tin with a large sheet of foil, to prevent leaks. I then lined the inside of that with parchment paper.
1. Make the mixture according to the instructions here, making only the filling part of the recipe. The quantities I used were :
- 500g (drained weight) fresh ricotta , drained in a sieve for at least an hour
- 250g thick sour cream
- 30g gluten-free cornflour (cornstarch)
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 150g gluten-free icing sugar mixture (not pure icing sugar)
Make sure you choose gluten free cornflour, as some brands are made from wheat. Also, check the packaging of the icing sugar mixture carefully. The one I buy has “gluten-free” on the front of the bag. The gf varieties include maize or tapioca flour as an anti-caking agent, whereas the cheaper brands often use wheat starch.
2. Preheat the oven to 150C (with fan).
3. Carefully pour the prepared filling mixture into the cake tin and bake for 40 – 45 minutes until the mixture is set. Allow the cake to cool in the oven with the door ajar (for at least an hour, two is better), then put the whole tin in the fridge to cool until cold. Carefully unwrap the foil and remove the springform tin.
4. Let the cake rest overnight in the fridge, then dust liberally with icing sugar before serving.
This was so easy to make without the pastry and, while it’s less pretty than the crusted version (Pete’s comment was that it looked like a wheel of cheese, which is what it is, I guess), it’s could probably be dressed up with a fancy topping of lemon curd or strawberries and cream.