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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.

Torta ricotta e cioccolato – Ricotta and chocolate cake

Recipe 61: Another special party was organized this week in my house.I had a guest from very far away so i needed to serve my best dishes but i didn’t want to renounce to try also a new recipe. So the menu was violet spaghetti, crostata di frutta and i made this kind of italian cheesecake too.

Ingredients: for the pasta frolla 300gr flour – 150gr sugar – 150 gr butter (very cold) – a pinch of salt – 2 egg yolks – a bit of milk. For the cream: 400gr ricotta, 150gr chocolate chips, some cinnamon, 150gr sugar, 2 eggs.

Let’s start from the pasta frolla: put the flour, the sugar, the butter in pieces and a pinch of salt all in a big bowl. Mix everything with your hands and you will see the ingredients will become a kind of powder like in picture 2. At this point add 2 eggs yolk and mix again trying to create a ball. If the ingredients seems still to divided add a little bit of milk. This will help to mix and keep together the “powder”.

When the ball is ready put it in the fridge for at least half an hour. In this way the butter will become hard again making the ball more hard and then easier to roll it out. In the meantime put some baking paper in the baking pan or simply some butter on all the baking pan surface and then cover it with flour to don’t make the cake stick to the pan.

Take then the ball out of the fridge and cut a quarter of it putting it in a side for later. Roll the rest out until you reach a round layer of pasta frolla. Put this in the pan and give it the form of the pan. This will be the base of the cake so it needs to be quite thin and the border quite high to keep the filling we will prepare. Once it is done, use a fork to create little holes in all the pasta. In this way it will cook without create bubbles.

Let’s now create the filling: take the 400gr ricotta and mix it with 150gr of sugar and some cinnamon powder. I used to love the taste of this 3 ingredients together… my mum used to give me this for breakfast on the bread when i was little! It’s just one of this nice taste you remember from your childhood…simple but amazing!

To know how much cinnamon you will need to put, just try it a bit. i think it depends by your taste. When ready, just add one whole egg and 150 gr of chocolate chips. Mix everything very well and then just pour it in the cake!

Now you will need to use the pasta you left in a side before and create some little lines to put on the cake. I don’t know if you used to play with plasticine when little … this needs to be worked in the same way. Cut little pieces of pasta and create little “snakes” that you will place on the top of the filling fixing it on the borders. Follow the design on the pictures and then just put it in the oven for 40 minutes at 180 degree.

When ready the cake will appear like this!

Now take a plate and enjoy!

PS. Bene sei contenta??? finalmente ho trovato la ricotta ed eccoti accontentata. Mamy mi sbaglio o tu la coprivi tutta la torta invece di farci le losanghe? e questa non e; anche la torta preferita di zio Nicola? E’ piaciuta un sacco a tutti specialemnte perche’ ho messo le gocce di cioccolata invece dell’uvetta ed i canditi (Bleah!). Forse pero’ e’ meglio in inverno visto al pesantezza :)!

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.

And after the cream… Crostata di frutta!

crostata 1

Recipe 130: This is one of the most classic cakes in Italy. It’s the one that almost every grandmother can make and it’s always good, any kind of filling you will choose. It’s normally more famous the jam crostata, or crostata con la marmellata, but it’s also very well known this recipe with cream and fruit.

Now I will tell you how you can prepare it from the base.

Crostata 2

The ingredients for the “Pasta Frolla” (the base of the cake) are: 300gr flour – 150gr sugar – 150 gr butter (very cold) – a pinch of salt – 2 egg yolks – a bit of milk. For the ” Crema Pasticcera” or cream, please have a look here.

Then, to finish the cake, you will just need some fresh fruit. I used: 1 box of strawberries, 2 kiwis, 1 box of blueberries and then you could cover the cake with a bit of gelatin to make it more compact, but i didn’t use it and it was good anyway.

crostata 3

Let’s start from the pasta frolla mixing the flour, sugar, the pinch of salt, and the butter cut in pieces. Knead until the ingredients reach the consistency of the second series of pictures and then add the 2 egg yolks. At this point you will need to create an homogeneous dough so that you will be able to make a ball. The color have to be a very warm yellow and no clots have to be in the pasta. Add a bit of milk to help you to create the ball if the ingredients are too divided or flour if the dough it’s too sticky. After put it in the fridge for at least half an hour.

Crostata 3

Then prepare a baking pan with baking paper or just with butter and flour all around. Roll out the dough and put it in the pan, making sure is going to be quite thin everywhere. Just the border can be a bit thick. At this point make little holes in the pasta, because the base need to “breath” in the oven. I normally use a fork for these. If you don’t do so, the base will grow or will create bubbles. Put in the hot oven at 180 degree for at least half an hour. When you take it out the base have to be brownish but especially quite hard and dry.

At this point you can just add the crema pasticcera and the fruits cut in pieces. If you want, you can than add the gelatin too.

Buon appetito!

crostata 5

PS: Mamy guarda che bella che mi e’ venuta!!! ti piace? Pero’ che casino spiegare come fare la pasta frolla in inglese! Poi ho avuto un po’ di problemi a trovare della gelatina da metterci sopra. L’unica che ho visto diceva che ci voleva mezz’ora per prepararla… insomma alla fine c’ho rinunciato, ma era buonissima uguale anche se un po’ meno ferma.