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Cenci Cake: jam, fruit, amaretti and chocolate

Recipe 24: This is the second cake i cooked last weekend and for how much I’m sure was good the original recipe, i have made some little change, considering also that some of the ingredients are not available in this country.

Here the original ingredients and the ones i used to make a little Cenci cake: a part from the Pasta frolla that you can make following this recipe, buy 2-3 pears or apple, you will need some marsala, but i have add a bit of other liquor i had at home, some apricot jam, 150gr amaretti then i added also the white of one egg and chocolate in powder.

Wash, peel and cut the pears or the apples in pieces. Let them cook a bit on the fire with some water, while in the meantime you will stretch the pasta frolla, and you will create the base of your cake. Place it in a baking pan on some baking paper, make the base really thin and then create some holes with a fork to avoid the pasta to grow up and create bubbles.


Take off the pear from the fire and drain them from their liquid. Mix to this a bit of liquor and in the meantime place one layer of apricot jam directly on the base of the cake and then add on top the pears.

Whip up one white egg with a mixer and add then to this the pear juice with the liquor and some spoon of apricot jam. In reality the recipe was just requiring at this point to mix the apricot jam with some marsala egg flavored, but i thought that this mix could be equally standing for that.

Place the mix on top of the pears and cover with 150gr of smashed amaretti. Finish the cake with a good quantity of chocolate in powder, but you can just put it in the oven like this and once ready cover it with melted dark chocolate. In UK infact the powder chocolate is not so sweet and i think could be better just the melted chocolate to make it more sweet and delicious.

Put it in a pre-hotted oven at 180-200 degree and after 30-40 minutes, place a thootpick in the pasta to check if ready.

Serve it hot and enjoy!

PS. Mamy ti piace questa torta? diciamo che anche a causa della mancanza di ingredienti ho fatto dei piccoli cambi, ma il binomio pere e cioccolato lo dovevo per forza provare. Comunque anche con le mele non deve essere male! Il probelma maggiore qui e’ la cioccolate: in polvere e’ troppo amara. la prossima volta la rifinisco con il cioccolato colato sopra.

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Peaches and amaretti charlotte cake (-11 weeks)

Recipe 25: This weekend I decided to cook 2 cakes following the recipes my mum gave me: one was a cake she tried in an Italian hotel, really good but where I did some changes. The other one instead is a real recipe, that sounds really good also if I don’t remember my mum doing it, but probably i missed that dinner.

Both of these cakes have a pasta frolla base, so I decided to try both in 2 little versions, just hoping one of the 2 was coming out good.

The ingredients for a little peaches Charlotte cake are for the pasta frolla: 150 gr. flour– 75 gr. butter – 75 gr. sugar – 1 egg yolk – a pinch of salt. For the filling:   100 gr. amaretti  – 75 gr. grated almonds – 2 eggs – 2 spoons of sugar – 2spoons of milk, 300/400 gr peaches in syrup.

Start preparing the pasta frolla following these instructions. Then place it in the fridge for half an hour and in the meantime prepare the baking pan. You can place some butter and flour in it, or just some baking paper as in the picture, to avoid the cake to stick.

Then stretch the pasta and create a circle that will be the base of the cake. Have to be really thin. Place it in the pan and create some holes all around with a fork to let the air goes out while cooking in the oven.

Put the crashed amaretti in the cake with the grated almonds too. Then add the peaches’ slices.

In another container mix 2 egg yolks with the sugar, the milk and the 2 egg whites wiped up. Pour all this mix on the peaches and place  the cake in the oven already hot, at around 180 degree for 45 minutes.

When the top will become a bit dark, take out the cake and try with a toothpick if the pasta is cooked. If this will come up dry the cake it’s ready.

Then serve it hot also with some icing sugar on top if you like.

PS. Mamy nonostante non abbia mai provato la tua, a me la mia versione e’ piaciuta molto! L’amaretto con le pesche mordite e le mandorle sta benissimo!

Ciambellone cocco e cioccolato – chocolate & coconut cake

Recipe 64: Last weekend was the birthday of a friend coming form Italy and i couldn’t let him down without a birthday cake… so we organized a quick dinner in my house. The problem was that on sunday the majority of the supermarkets here in London close early, so i had to do my shopping in an express one… this means there was nothing! I just saw some coconut powder and this was the cake.

Ingredients: 200 gr of dark chocolate, 300gr flour, 170gr grated coconut, 250gr sugar, 150gr butter, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, some baking powder and  half of a vanilla pod. Choose a big baking pan because the mix will be quite a lot and the cake will also grow a lot in the oven.

Put in a little sauce pan the chocolate and melt it on a low fire. To avoid the chocolate from burn, you can put this pan in a bigger pan with boiling water. In this way the chocolate will melt for the hot from the water without burn or stick to the pan. In the meantime mix the 3 eggs and the sugar until they create a yellow cream.

Put the half cup of milk in the microwave and let it become hot. Then open the half vanilla pod and leave it in the hot milk to release all the flavor. When the chocolate is all melted, add the butter and let melt this too in the same way.

When the chocolate and butter are melted leave it to cool down. In the meantime add in the mixed the flour, the milk with vanilla, the coconut powder, a spoon of baking powder and finally the chocolate and butter.
Mix it all very well and don’t worry about the clots because these are created by the coconut powder, but it’s not a problem.

Choose the baking pan and cover it with butter and flour or just baking paper like i did.  Add the mix of ingredients and put it in the oven at 180-200 degree for 1 hour!  Here is the result! On top spread some icing sugar or coconut powder if you still have it and serve it with some ice cream or just whipped cream.

As for the whipped cream, we couldn’t find not even the candles in the express market, so just pure Ciambellone cocco e cioccolato and the only candle i had at home! However the birthday guy was happy and liked the cake… that’s the most important!

PS. Mamy lo scorso fine settimana ho dovuto improvvisare una torta di compleanno senza nenache i supermercati aperti. Cercavo la ricotta per fare la tua torta, ma purtroppo nulla e lunica cosa che c’era nel reparto dolci era una polvere di cocco. Non mi sembra tu abbia mai fatto dolci al cocco vero? Quindi presa dalla disperazione ho cercato una ricetta semplice che non richiedesse altro ed ecco il ciambellone cocco e cioccolato! Buonissimo! Poi per colazione il giorno dopo e’ ancora meglio!

Torta di carote – Carrots cake

Recipe 74: A little treat for the weekend, easy, quick and nice for any occasion. I was just thinking in the summer holidays when i remembered this classic cake they cook in the mountains where i always go with my parents in august. Every year i can’t just wait for that little paradise in the Alps and i couldn’t resist to have a piece of that delicious cake…so i made it by myself!

Ingredients: 4 carrots not too big, 3 eggs, 130 gr of sugar, 150 gr of flour, 1 spoon of baking powder, 100 gr of butter, 60 gr of grated almonds, a pinch of salt and a bit of icing sugar.

For this recipe i have used for the first time the new kitchen tool, gently donated from Jenny, a friend of mine who is leaving London and though i could have done a good use of this AMAZING machine. In fact I love it already!

However let’s start with the cake: put the yolks egg in a bowl with the sugar and mix them with energy until creamy. Don’t throw away the white because you will need them later. In the meantime melt the butter in a little pan and add it to the eggs and sugar.

At this point you can add the flour and the baking powder, but little by little and mixing in the meantime to avoid any clot. Cut the carrots with a machine or grate them finely and to take out some water, place them in some blotting paper before to add it to the rest.

In the meantime , in a nother bowl, whip -up the white of the eggs that you previously left in a side. To make it easier put a bit of salt in them. This should help them to become spongy quicker.

After you mix the carrots and the grated almond with the rest, add also the white eggs whipped up and mix everything gently going with the spoon from the bottom to the top.

Prepare a baking pan with some butter and flour or just cover it with some baking paper and pour the mix in there.

Put it in an oven already hot, at 170 degree for around 40/45 minutes. To see if it’s ready, place a tooth pick in the cake and if it comes out dry, you can serve your cake! Hot is the best but remember to add a bit of ice sugar on the top!

Enjoy!

PS: Mamy se ti dico torta di carote che ti viene in mente??? a me solo CAMPIGLIO e non vedo l’ora di venire! mi manca cosi’ tanto e una bella fetta di torta alle carote non me la toglie nessuno! Insomma l’altro giorno non facevo che pensare a quest’estate ed alla fine non ho potuto resistere ed ecco cosa ho creato! che te ne pare? Beh l’ho fatta piccola e m’e cresciuta meno del solito, ma il sapore era buonissimo.

Simple Pears Cake!

Recipe 95: I like to cook but i love to make cakes… it makes me happy, so last saturday, quite late in the night i decided to prepare a nice cake for the sunday breakfast. So i take back one of my oldest recipe and i made this quick pear cake.
Ingredients: 4 or 5 pears (depending by the size but if you prefer you can also use apples and the cake will be amazing anyway), 200gr sugar, 200gr flour, 3 eggs, 100gr butter (in origin the recipe was with 200 but 100 gr i think is enough) and a spoon of baking powder.

Put in a container the sugar and the 3 whole eggs. Mix until it become a nice yellow color and put the butter in a sauce pan on a low fire to melt it. Let it cold down and then add it to the mix.

Add slowly the flour and the baking powder and mix until you homogeneous. At this point you can put some butter and flour in a baking pan or simply a piece of baking paper like i did and you can pour the mix.

Clean the pears and cut them in little pieces. Put them on the surface of the cake until full. Then put the cake in the oven at 180 degree for half an hour and for other 10 minutes at 140.

As you can see the recipe is very quick and easy… but the result it’s really nice!

What do you think? Enjoy!

PS. Mamy te la ricordi questa torta? la facevo sempre con le mele, ma questa volta ho deciso di provare con le pere. Qui normalmente sono belle toste, percio’ ho pensato che almeno nella torta me le sarei potute gustare un po’ piu’ morbide. Che te ne pare? non male no? Questa ricetta non mi delude mai!

Chocolate birthday cakes

Recipe 99: Another birthday, another cake!!! this is my best excuse and the chocolate cake of my mum it’s one of my favourite recipe…unfortunately i didn’t have the right tools and i decided to change something so the result wasn’t exactly what i was expecting. By the way i will give to you the right recipe!

Ingredients (i normally do 1 big cake but this time i did 12 little cakes with the muffins tray): 190gr butter, 110 gr grated of almond,190gr of sugar,190 gr of grated chocolate,100gr of flour, 6 eggs.

Cut the butter in little pieces and melt them a bit then mix it with 90 gr of sugar and 6 egg yolks, adding one at the time.  Mix everything with the almond.

To make the cake a bit more consistent i used half of the quantity of grated almond and half of chopped ones. Then add the rest of the sugar and the chocolate.

This was my mistake: because i didn’t have anything to grate the dark chocolate bars i used chocolate powder but NEVER put the same quantity! Don’t put more than 100gr and if you see the mix gets to thick, add a bit of milk. However it’s better if you can use grated one.

At this point beat the eggs white until stiff and dry and add it to the mix slowly. Then add the flour too, little by little and keep on mixing.

Finally put some butter on the tray and a bit of flour to avoid the mix to stick to it!

Put the tray or baking pan in the oven at 175 degree for half an hour and then turn off the oven and leave the cake there for other 20 minutes. Normally to see if everything is cooked i try to insert a toothpick in it. If it comes out dry, the cake is ready!Serve it with some nice candles for a birthday or just with icesugar and whip cream!

Enjoy!

PS. Mamy nonostante l’apparenza, purtroppo le tortine sono uscite un po’ come dei massi e tutto per colpa del dannato cioccolato da grattuggiare! L’anno scorso mi ricordo mi sono ammazzatta per grattuggiarlo tutto e quest’anno ho avuto l’idea di usare il cioccolato in polvere! Non lo avessi mai fatto: ho aggiunto purtroppo la stessa quantita’ di cioccolato e non risucivo piu’ a girare la massa! che catastrofe senza attrezzi! Cmq alla fine tra il latte che ho aggiunto e la panna diciamo che erano mangiabili, ma la rifaro’ sicuramente perche’ la tua era troppo buona!!!!

My birthday cakes: apple and double color ciambellone

Recipe 105: And also this year my birthday arrived…and this needed to be a special TILT birthday, so i decided to cook my favorite dishes all in one dinner!

I started the preparation the night before with the cakes because i wanted to bring one at work and i wanted to have a double choice in my dinner…so finally i cooked 3 cakes: 2 ciambelloni with apples and 1 double color ciambellone.

Ingredients for one cake: 3 eggs, 150 gr sugar, 300gr flour, 80-100 gr butter, 1 glass of milk, some baking powder, and add 2 big appleas and some cinnamon if you want an apple cake or some chocolate if you want a double color one. Finally i bought some colorful sugar to finish the cakes…exactly like my mum use to do it when i was in primary school.

Mix the 3 entire eggs with sugar until create a cream, then add some of the flour and mix again. Put the butter on the fire and when melted add it to the cake. Add the rest of the flour and mix again until becomes very hard.

At the end add the milk with the baking powder and keep on mixing. Then cut the apples in very little pieces and just put it  with the rest. The cake is all here, very simple and quick, but everyone will like it.

Now put some butter in all the mold and pass then some flour in it. Like thsi the cake won’t stick to the mold.  Then put the mix inside and cover the cake with some funny and colorful sugar sprinkle.

Put in the oven for one hour at 180 degree. Don’t check the cake before than 1/2 an hour at least or it won’t grow up anymore. Open the oven just when you think they already grew up enough.

The easy alternative to this cake  is with chocolate. Put some of the mix just prepared,in a little mold and add to the rest of the mixsome chocolate in pouder. Before to add to the rest the chocolate mix, I also put some little pieces of chocolate inside and i covered it with the rest. The last touch will be the chocolate sprinkles on top.

This is the final results of the cakes i had at home, and the following one is the cake i did to bring it at work! They exactly look like my mum’s cakes!

PS.: ciao mamy, che ne pensi? E’ bella come quella che mi facevi tu alle elementari????io direi che ci sono andata vicino, ma la prossima volta devo controllare meglio la cottura. Vabbe per il momento mi accontento! Le due piccole sono quelle che ho fatto per la casa, mentre la grande e’ quella per l’ufficio.