Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake and German Wines, a Perfect Pairing

This post is in partnership with Wines of Germany. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

 Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake

Today I’m partnering with Wines of Germany to share the loveliest wine and dessert pairing that is delightful for anytime of the year, but especially now during these warmer and sunnier days.

Three years ago, I tasted my first German wine and it was love at first taste. At the time, I was surprised to find out Germany has a rich history of harvesting grapes and winemaking. Fast forward to this very moment as I write this…I’m sipping a glass of Gewürztraminer and now I’m very familiar with the many varietals of German wine and how versatile and easy they are to pair.

 Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake and German Wines, a Perfect Pairing

Like all great wines, German wines can be enjoyed solo or accompanied with countless types of hors-d’œuvres and meals.

You know what sounds even more wonderful? Finding a wine that pairs perfectly with your favorite seasonal dessert. Today I’m sharing not one, but two German wines that take the cake…literally. I’m focusing on Riesling, Germany’s hallmark grape varietal, two ways. One still Riesling and one sparkling!

 Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake and German Wines, a Perfect Pairing

Tasting Notes


FITZ-RITTER RIESLING SEKT (PFLAZ)

“Sekt” is the German word for any sparkling wine made in Germany, from any grape.

This one is a dry sparkling Riesling with a very fine sparkle and long-lasting effervesce.

Combined fragrances of fresh fruit as well as aromas ranging from apple to
pineapple and tangerine. Clean, fresh, and
well-balanced to enjoy for any occasion and with a wide range of food.

S.A. PRÜM R. PRÜM “ESSENCE” RIESLING 2018 (MOSEL)

Aromatic, with scents of apricot, green apple and
white peach. Fresh fruit flavors perfectly balanced by a racy acidity
and a lot of mineral character.

Enjoy on its own or with a range of light
and delicious appetizers, white meat, BBQ, seafood dishes, perfect
with Asian cuisine and all styles of spicy food. The ideal summer wine
to be enjoyed in the garden, by the sea side, or on a terrace with friends.


Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake and German Wines, a Perfect Pairing

With lots of extra time at home lately, I’ve been baking even more than usual. It’s so relaxing and obviously offers a great reward, with something warm and delicious coming out of the oven. This time around I wanted to bake something light and airy, perfect to be enjoyed on a porch or patio in the warm summer weather.

Enter my Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake.

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Along with this cake’s perfect combination of moistness and fluffiness, is the subtle earthy flavor of the thyme. Thyme and lemon are a match made in heaven and bring out the best in each other when combined with the cake’s sweetness.

Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake

Since the S.A. Prüm Essence Riesling and Fitz-Ritter Riesling offer the taste of fresh fruit in each glass, they compliment the cake’s sharp lemon flavors wonderfully. Both of these rieslings also carry a touch of balanced sweetness, with the bubbles and acidity brightening up the richness of the cake.

Two things we all know nothing beats: a homemade dessert and finding a wine that makes you go “wow” after your first sip. Both are comforting and are just the kind of experience I’ve been living for at home lately.

 Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake and German Wines, a Perfect Pairing

Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake


 

Servings: 1 standard size bundt cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar, preferably superfine
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp very finely chopped fresh thyme
  • zest of 3 lemons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup ricotta

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs thyme simple syrup
  • juice of one lemon
  • thyme simple syrup, directions below

Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake

Directions for cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour the sugar, lemon zest and thyme into a bowl. Using either a small spatula or your fingertips, rub/smear the ingredients together to release the fragrant oils of both.

Drain any excess water from the ricotta and add it into the same bowl along with the oil and eggs. Whisk until mixture is smooth. Gently stir in the flour in three batches, pouring in each batch once the previous one is mixed in completely. Then stir in the baking powder and salt. Pour cake batter into cake pan.

Place cake in the oven to bake for 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the color of your cake pan. Lighter pans bake for 25 minutes, darker pans for 30. Or until you can stick a toothpick in the center of the cake and it comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool completely. We want the cake to absorb some of the glaze, but if it’s too warm, it will absorb it all.

Directions for thyme simple syrup:

Add 1 cup water and a handful of thyme to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Add 1 cup of white sugar and stir until it dissolves. Remove from heat. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, then strain and discard thyme. Refrigerate syrup immediately and for at least 20 minutes before using.

Directions for glaze:

Whisk together in a small bowl the powdered sugar, thyme simple syrup, lemon juice until desired glaze consistency. I like it a bit on the runnier side so it soaks into the cake more. The more clear and less white the glaze is, the more it will soak into the cake. Pour the glaze slowly out of the bowl onto the cake evenly. Allow glaze to set for at least ten minutes before serving.

 Lemon Ricotta Thyme Cake and German Wines, a Perfect Pairing

So next time you slip off your apron after baking, pop open a bottle of German wine and kick up your feet…because you’re in for a real treat.

You can order these wines and more at Wine.com! All German wines are 10% off when you buy 6 or more. Enter code: GERMANY10.

Visit Wines of Germany USA to check out more wines that Germany has to offer.

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