The inimitable MFK Fisher who revolutionized food writing from the 1930’s all the way to 1990’s wrote a wonderful essay about leftovers. Of course now that I am looking for it to quote it, it is lost somewhere in a book shelf and I can’t give you anything concrete but the basic idea of it was, that anyone can go to the store, buy ingredients, follow a good recipe and make a good meal. And this is true. But, she argues, it takes a good creative cook to look into her fridge and say, “Well, I’ve got a little bacon, some leftover squash, a tomato, and half a bottle of wine” and turn it into something delicious. And then, in her wonderful honest, not at all pretentious way, tells us that its a better way to cook, a more exciting way to cook, and a more satisfying way to cook.
Ever since reading that I think about it all the time. It’s so nice to make a meal out of things you thought you might throw away!
So yesterday when I looked in my fridge and saw half a bag of frozen blueberries, three quarters of a tub of ricotta that expires in 2 days, a lemon past it’s prime and 4 things of butter with a few tablespoons in each, I knew I could make it into something. In fact, I might just start keeping these things around to make this cake again but it was seriously good.
It is very very moist, not to sweet from the lemons, and the blueberries add a little something that makes it taste like summer.
So here it is, Blueberry Ricotta Bundt Cake.
3/4 cup Butter, Softened
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Ricotta
1 1/2 cup AP Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
Juice of 2 Lemons
Zest of 1 Lemon
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Add in ricotta and lemon zest.
Add in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl in between each addition.
Add in the ricotta and the lemon zest.
Add in the lemon juice, and then the dry ingredients. Do not over mix.
Mix in the blueberries and spoon into the prepared pan.
Bake until an inserted skewer comes our with only a few moist crumbs, about 45 minutes.
Flip it out onto a a plate and let cool, slice it and eat it up!