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Here I am!

Hi there!!! Too much time has passed, since I wrote my last post! Soooooo sorry about that πŸ™‚ I promise I’ll be better in the future (I hope!). It doesn’t depend on me but on my busy days of these last months!

Fortunately, this doesn’t stop me to take a break from my life and start cooking!

The last recipe I prepared is the Dark chocolate Brownies … something amazing, let’s say! And very easy to make, I add.

So, the ingredients are:

  1. 150 g dark chocolate (70%)
  2. 150 g sugar
  3. 125 g butter
  4. 2 medium eggs
  5. 25 g cocoa powder
  6. 100 g flour
  7. a bit of rising powder
  8. 1 tea spoon of vanilla powder
  9. Some powdered sugar

So, let’s start!

  1. In a bowl put all the powders ingredients (cocoa, flour and rising)
  2. Melt butter and 100g chocolate in a pot, mixing them continuously.
  3. Beat the eggs with the sugar, and then add the melted chocolate.
  4. Add the remainingflakes of chocolate (50g) and the powders.
  5. Put the dough in a pot and put it in the pre – warmed hoven at 170Β° for 30-35 mins.
  6. Once baked, leave the cake in the pot for 10 mins and then proceede to cut it in small squares.
  7. Before serving it, sprinkle some powdered sugar on the top if you want.

ENJOYYYYY!!!! πŸ™‚

These are your wonderful brownies! If you prefer, you can add some walnuts or almonds!

 

 

 

A rainy day…

Good morning πŸ™‚

Today the weather is that one when you stay at home reading, watching tv, eating and relaxing because you can’t leave your sofa!

Looking at my memories because of my friend Giulia who is visiting Bournemouth this weekend, I’ve found a picture of a marmelade cake I made for my dear flatmates πŸ™‚

The prodedure is always the same of the small marmelade cakes, but this time you’ll need a bigger bakery pan!

Then choose a good tea as the white with orange or apricots or the jasmine tea and serve your amazing cake!

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend of half of august and, as me, you’re going to go somewhere on holiday to meet again your great friends!

Xx C.

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Gift cake

Good sunday everybody!

Today sun, relax and nothing else πŸ™‚

In this post I’m going to introduce you my Gift cake, the one I made for my nanny’s bday, for her 89 years!

She was so happy about it and all my family enjoyed it!

This cake is an example of cake design, but very very simple to reproduce, trust me!

I used some youtube tutorial to use decorations. It is a pistacchio sponge cake, and between each floor there’s a strawberry cream, made with fresh strawberries. There are 4 floors and the cake is covered by dark chocolate. For decoration you can choose the colours you love most. I chose white and yellow because it was around eastern period, so I thought they were the right colours for that occasion!

Let your creativity be free and play with decorations πŸ˜‰

I had lots of fun making this cake, hope you have the same!

gift cake!

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Xx C.

Guten Tag!

Hello!

Today I’m off at work so, here I am!

For today I have a famous german traditional recipe: Sacher Torte!

This is one of my brother’s favourite cakes and I made it for his graduation party!

We start with the ingredients:

  • 140g butter (not too cold)
  • 110g extra thin sugar (that one you usually use to decorate cakes)
  • vanilla aroma
  • 6 eggs
  • 130g dark chocolate
  • 110g sugar
  • 140g flour
  • 200g apricots jam
    FOR THE COVER CREAM:
  • 200g sugar
  • 125g water
  • 150g chocolate

So, take a bowl and mix butter, sugar in powder and vanilla aroma. Then add the yellow part of the eggs and mix everything until you have a soft cream. Melt the chocolate and add it to the cream.

Then take another bowl and put inside the the white part of the eggs and mix them with the sugar using a whisk, til you have a very soft white spuma that looks like snow!

Add your white snow to the chocolate cream using a spoon and at the end add the flour and mix everything!

Put the cream in a baking pan and then in the hoven for 55-60 mins at 170Β°.

Then, when ready, put it on a grill and leave it for 20 mins til it’s totally cold.

Now be careful!!

Cut the cake in the horizontal direction, so in the middle of its height!

Open it and put the jam usign a knife, then close it again and cover it completely with jam.

Leave it to get dryed.

Now, for the coverage! Boil the water with the sugar, then leave it to get cold.

Melt the chocolate and then, always shaking, add it a bit per time to the water and sugar, til you have a chocolate cream!

Now put it on the cake and cover it using a big knife, with a quick movement πŸ™‚

Be petient til the coverage becomes cold and solid!

If you want you can put the cake in the fridge and voit lΓ !

Enjoy it with a glass of cold milk πŸ˜‰

Xx. C.

Almond Cake

Hello!!

How are you?!

I hope your weekend was fine πŸ™‚ The weather here was a bit crazy so I could just sleep all day long on Sunday and I cooked an amazing cake with almond and ricotta…something amazing!

My idea is that at the weekend you should relax and enjoy it! So for me cakes are a must πŸ˜‰

You need:

–Β  200g almond flour

– 50 g almond flakes

– 200g ricotta

– 150g sugar

– 80g flour 00

– 1 skin lemon

– 3 eggs

– 120g butter

So, take a bowl put eggs and sugar inside and mix them using a whisk. Then, put the two king of flour a bit per time, mixing continuosly with the whisk.

Take the butter, cut it in pieces and melt it. As soon as it becomes cold, put it in the bowl and add ricotta until you haveΒ  an omogeneus cream.

Take a baking pan of 24-26 cm of diameter and put there the cream; now put the baking pan in the preheated hoven at 180Β° for 30-35 mins.

Check if the cake is baked using a toothpick:Β  if it’s clean the cake is ready!

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Have a nice night!

Xx C.

Lady Marmeladeeee

Hi everybody! How was your day?

Well, mine was busy, busy and yes busy again! Only Sam Smith can help me in this moment!

It’s this music every single day, but, you know, it’s much better than a boring one πŸ™‚

Today is one of that day when I ABSOLUTELY need cakes, so what better than one of my favourite: the Crostata, a cake with marmelade!

The rule is always the same: prepare the dough using the procedure I posted yesterday in the England recipe and use the marmelade you like most!

This one is of figues….MMMMM amazing! But blueberry, strawberry, cherries or apricots are delicious too!

This is the perfect cake for breakfast, birthdays and breaks πŸ˜‰ This one is for my daddy’s bday, cause he loves figues!

It’s time for dinner now! Hamburger at one of my favourite places here!

Stay tuned!

Enjoy your night!!!!!

Xx C.

ENGLAND!

Good evening everybody!

Have you ever lived in another country feeling that country as your real home? So real, that now that you’re come back home you miss it so much that you feel a stranger?!

Well, this is what I’m feeling now, at this period of my life. I miss my home in England every day.

And now, more than any other moment, I’d really like to fly there and stay there til I start missing italian food, of course.

Anyway, stop with nostalgia! I’ve had a bad day, this is the reason why.

So, tonight I have a very special recipe for you πŸ™‚

When my friends, which I met in England last year came to visit me in Venice we had luch together at my home and so I baked a cake with the shape of England!

You just need to prepare the dough:

– 300g flour

– 150g butter

– 150g sugar

– eggs (the orange part!!)

– the skin of a lemon

– vanilla estract

– a bit of salt

FOR THE COVERAGE AND DECORATION:

– 100g dark chocolate

– smarties

– nuts

Prepare a fountaine on a table using flour, sugar, salt and cut butter in small pieces. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix them using your hands til you have a dough. Make a ball and leave it for 30 mins in the fridge.

Then put it on the table again and press it until it’s 1/2 cm more or less; cut it with the shape you prefare (in this case England!) and use the rest of dough for making butter buiscuits! Put the dough in the hoven at 180Β° for about 30 mins.

For decoration: take chocolate and melt it in a bowl (low fire) and put it on the baked dough; then put also nuts and smarties and put the dough in the fridge! As soon as the chocolate coverage is solid you can serve your England πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

Have a good night and please, don’t be so romantic and nostalgic as me because this can make your life a sort of continuous pain!

Xx. C.

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Sunday mood: ON!

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Unfortunately, the weekend has gone again and a new exciting week is going to start! The last of july πŸ˜‰ This means that holidays are close (more or less) for me, too! But I’ll tell you later about them!

Now, here I am with my last dessert of this week! And I promise, I’ll be more efficient about updating my blog πŸ™‚

Anyway, this a very special recipe for special guests and special occasions: Strawberry pannacotta! Perfect for summer and our hot weather in Italy!

– 400g strawberries

– 550g cream

– 130g sugar

– 4 g agar agar (powder)

– 50g sugar

Firstly, clean the strawberries and cut the half of them in thin slices; take a plate, leave the slices on it and put 20g of sugar on them. Leave there your strawberries.Β  Put the remained part of strawberries in a mixer and add 30g of sugar.

Secondly, take your strawberries purea and put it in a bowl. Put the cream in another bowl with the sugar and add agar agar; mix all until using a whisk, until it gets boiled and leave it boiling for about 5 mins. Turn off the fire and add the strawberries cream.

Thirdly, mix everything using a whisk, until you get an omogeneus cream. At this point, cover 4 small glasses (or cups) inside with the slices of strawberries you have left before and pour the strawberries cream in them, filling them until the top.

At the end put your glasses in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours. Then, use the help of a knife to take off your strawberries pannacotta from glasses and serve them on a plate. Decorate them as you prefare, putting a slice of strawberry and one of mint.

Your dessert is served and the pleasure on your friends’ faces will fill your heart of joy πŸ™‚

Have a nice week!

Xx C.

Cheesecake!

Good morning πŸ™‚

How are you today??

Here in Venice the weather is getting worst…40 DEGREESSSSSS

I’d like to be in a colder place in this moment!

So, because of this temperature I think that it’s better to leave the hoven turned off for today. This doesn’t mean that I won’t cook something special for dessert, above all because it’s saturday πŸ™‚

I’m going to make a very light and fresh cheesecake with peaches on the top πŸ˜‰

Easy:

– 120g biscuits (as Digestive)

– 80g butter

– 1 spoon of honey

– 200g fresh ricotta

– 1 small spoon of cinnamon (powder)

– 50g sugar

– 3/4 peaches

Come on! Let’s start πŸ™‚

Melt the butter, then use a mixer to cut the biscuits in lots of small pieces. Add the honey, the butter and mix all. Take four glasses put the biscuits at the base of each glass and press them with a spoon. Put the glasses in the fridge and leave them there for about an hour.

Then take ricotta, cinnabon powder and sugar and mix them and put everything in the fridge.

Now is the moment of our peaches! Take them, cut them and put them in a bowl. Put some lemon juice and sugar on them and mix them πŸ™‚ Leave your peach salad in the fridge and take the glasses, put some ricotta in each of them and leave them in the fridge again.

At the moment of serving them take your peaches salad and put some of it in each glass. Et voilΓ ! The dessert is served πŸ˜‰ Bon appetit!

Enjoy your weekend!

Xx C. Peach cheesecake

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