If you want to drive someone nuts...pander to their basic need for food!! The aroma alone will evoke a myriad of memories that will translate to their taste buds!!!
Try this Ricotta Pound Cake...it stirs up some great emotions!!!!
You will need:
1/4 cup room temp salted butter
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta...room temp
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I also have used almond extract for that marzipan flavor)
Shaved dark chocolate (you can't use chips...they sink!!!)
Zest of one orange
Preheat oven to 350*. Butter mini pans loaf pans. The mini ones worked for me so that I could give each person their own love baked loaf. I use lovely cardboard mini pans I had discovered on my travels this year.
Okay...sift together flour, baking powder in a medium bowl.
Beat together butter, ricotta, sugar, olive oil, zest, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
Marry the wet and the dry and continue to beat for about 2 minutes.
Add in one egg at a time, beating after each egg.
Then fold in shaved chocolate...
See how easy that is????
Pour into mini pans and bake for about 40 minutes. After 40 minutes check if a toothpick comes out clean. Don't over bake...you want the center to be heavy and MOIST!
Cool and devour warm!!!
It's like a warm hug for your soul!