I had a lot of cranberry sauce left over from Thanksgiving which I promptly froze till I figured out what to do with it. I pulled it out of the freezer recently when I had some leftover ricotta cheese. I decided to use both cheese and sauce in some kind of a cake. Loosely inspired by this recipe from Inside The Kaganoff Kitchen, I gathered my ingredients together and set about making the cake.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
In a bowl mix together the following dry ingredients:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
In another bowl, beat together these wet ingredients:
- 8 oz ricotta cheese
- 2 eggs
- 4 Tbsp butter, softened
- 1 scant cup of sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Zest of a small lemon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- A couple of splashes of milk (I did this to thin out the batter a bit)
- ½ - ¾ cup cranberry sauce (I do not have a recipe for this- this was just something my husband had made for Thanksgiving)
Combine the dry and wet ingredients (except the cranberry sauce) together. Mix well. The batter will be a relatively thick one.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. I had enough batter for a loaf pan and a small heart-shaped pan.
Place half of the batter in the loaf pan. Add a layer of cranberry sauce followed by the rest of the batter. Then add the remaining sauce in small blobs all over the surface of the batter and run a knife through it to create swirls on top.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out relatively clean.
Cool, slice and serve.