Zesty ciambella with extra virgin olive oil inside & out

Ciambella is such a beautiful word and comforting in a way. The second part of the word “bella” means “beautiful” in Italian, so there’s one reason for the word’s expression for something good. Pronouncing “Ciam“, adds gladness and saliva to your palate in advance. It reminds of the sound of “yum“, meaning something that tastes or looks delicious. This bundt cake, ciambella, or better ciambellone, because of the size of it, is very light (despite the size of it), and extremely fragrant and zesty. An important factor for its lightness is given to the presence of extra virgin olive oil and zest in the dough. Then we exalt the zestiness, almonds as well as the mild olive oil in the dough with a second oil, a fruity Sicilian one.

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Sea of chocolate & raspberries

One of my strongest and sweetest food memories are connected to the roasting pan cakes my grandmother used to make. We’re talking about a single-layer chocolate cake baked in a roasting pan and covered with chocolate glaze. She used to sprinkle ground coconut over the whole thing, and that is the Icelandic tradition.
This is my version of the cake, that I always saw as a kind of a “sea of chocolate” being so immense and endless…… until the last slice disappeared accompanied by a glass of cold milk.

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Stroscia from Pietrabruna

I tasted this Ligurian crispy cake many years a go on a beach picnic with friends. It always has remained in my heart.
This should be near to the original recipe. Its typical crispiness in fact makes it the perfect picnic dessert and it should rigorously be broken with the hands and not cut. Stroscia indicates means literally to break in Ligurian dialect.

 

 

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Miascia bread pudding from Lario

The fruity and comforting cake, Miascia is a classical dessert from Lake Como (which food tradition isn’t all about the fish of the lake). It’s a poor traditional dish (that are often the best) where stale bread is the main ingredient. It’s perfect to use dried up bread and transform it into a delicious cake. This version is based on an antique recipe for the bread pudding. For me it I like to use the word bread pudding to describe the cake, as it remains quite moist, and that is the definition often given for bread-based dessert popular in the cuisines of many countries.

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