“A tavola non si invecchia”. - Italian proverb (At the table with good friends and family you do not become old).

Sharing authentic Italian recipes entrusted upon me through the privilege of being invited into many Italian homes and kitchen’s abroad. I travel, cook, eat, share, learn and photograph my experiences, a truly soul enriching journey. There are now over 100 recipes on this blog to search from. I am a Melbourne born girl who now resides in Pietrasanta, Italy. Sharing my love for food and all things Italian with you. I am not a professionally trained chef, just a person that really loves cooking and has made my passion my reality! Through talent and drive I now work as a private chef in some of the most prestigious private villa`s here in Tuscany, Italy!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ciambella (doughnut cake)

Such a pretty name, Ciambella! It literally translates to doughnut. Each region in Italy has many variations on how they make Ciambelle (plural), whether they be sweet or savoury. Although this cake is not literally a doughnut, the shape is inspired by one. It has a really moist texture and refreshing taste. As with a similar cake listed on this blog "torta al limone" (lemon cake),this cake would normally be eaten in Italy for breakfast with a cappuccino. Simply sprinkle with some icing sugar for understated presentation. 
what you need:
300g flour
250g sugar
1 3/4 cup of cream
1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
four large organic eggs
zest of one lemon (optional)
whisked egg whites 
how to make:
1: Separate egg yolks from whites. Beat sugar and egg yolks together
2: Sift and stir in flour and baking powder, stir to combine and add cream
3: Whisk eggs whites to form stiff peaks, lightly fold whipped egg whites into batter. Use a metal spoon, be careful not to knock the air out of the egg whites keeping the batter light
4: Pour in a greased bundt baking pan, place in a pre-heated 160 degree oven for about 45 minutes
5: Remove, allow to cool and sprinkle with icing sugar
waving the Italian flag in Viareggio, Tuscany

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