Ricotta Chocolate Tarte

Submitted by:
Christina Jörg, State College, USA
Optics and Photonics

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Ingredients

250g ricotta cheese
150g sugar
250g flour
2 eggs
100ml olive oil
2 table spoons chocolate spread
1 small cup dark chocolate drops
1-2 teaspoons baking powder
Springform pan, 26cm in diameter

1. Mix eggs, oil and sugar well and stir in flour and baking powder until it is a nice smooth dough.

2. In another bowl mix ricotta cheese with 2 tablespoons of chocolate spread and some chocolate chips.

3. Grease and flour your springform pan and fill it with half of the dough and smooth it out. Dough is extremely sticky, handling it with wet hands makes the process easier.

4. Spread the ricotta chocolate mix on top and cover everything with the rest of the dough by just plucking it into large chunks that you drop on top (don’t worry about uncovered spaces, the dough will rise and cover these during baking). Sprinkle rest of chocolate chips on top.

5. Bake for approximately 40 minutes at 170°C (make the toothpick test). Before you lift it out of the springform pan, let cool down completely, otherwise it will break.

Background

In the research group I did my PhD in, we had the tradition of bringing a cake for the group on your birthday. In fact, it got a little out of hand later, when a cake was demanded on basically every occasion: birthdays, weddings, child births, starting a PhD, leaving the group, publishing a paper... xD. But it definitely served as a great way to bringing together the whole group and connecting with your colleagues.
This cake is my favourite to bake, since it is easy and quick to make. The recipe is from an Italian cookbook (LaVialla). Enjoy (maybe with your colleagues)!

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