Breakfast | Banana Bread

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A different slice of bread. It’s good to change habits once in a while. I don’t know what you like to eat for breakfast, but we usually start the day with a simple slice of bread. Sometimes toasted, sometimes not. So I decided it was time to pull out a recipe for a fabulous out of the ordinary bread: banana bread! It smells just wonderful.

Unfortunately I just broke my kitchen aid machine. It would have been very handy to mix the ingredients. Of course it doesn’t mean I have to work the bread dough with my feet like they would do in the Middle Ages 😉 We are going to go about this in a more recent yet old fashioned way: by hand.

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Cake | Mixed Spices with Amaretto

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Cake with beverage, butter cream filling and chocolate glaze… Being a relaxing Sunday I thought it was time for some serious cake baking! What’s cooking? A mixed spice cake with an Amaretto flavored  butter creme and chocolate glaze. This cake will serve about ten people. The key is in whisking your mixture for the correct amount of time to create a very fluffy, creamy texture.

Finger licking good!

 

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Cake | Italian Jam Crostata

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crostataCrunchy Crostat della Nonna. Today I’m baking a Crostata for my husban. This is partially out of guilt as I’m going abroad for a while. I thought then at least the Crostata could accompany him. It’s also his favourite cake! In this particular variety I’ve used jam from the supermarket as I have run out of homemade jam. The filling is the best when you use red fruit. In this case: strawberries.

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Cake | Ciambellone Big Donut

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cakeBig Donut! This traditional ring cake is easy to make although I didn’t quite get it right the first time. I’ve been taught this recipe in Italy and watched the process twice. Normally when you see a ring mold of a cake you are (well I am) used to flip it upside down before presenting the cake. This particular cake is not to be flipped…! Also don’t cut off any excess or dark colored pieces as this is supposed to look a little rough on the top.

Add the ingredients one by one in order of appearance on the ingredients list whilst mixing. The next step is to oil the ring mold and then flour it, tapping it upside down to remove excess flour.

Can you smell the vanilla?

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Inspiration | Meringue A Lady’s Dessert?

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The best combination ever An explosion of taste! The sweetness of sugar combined with some sour lemon. It’s all about getting the right balance although I haven’t tried one myself yet. It’s one of my favorite cakes. This particular cake was enjoyed by both me and my husband in Bordeaux.

A little background information from Wikipedia: ‘The notion that meringue was invented in the Swiss town of Meiringen and improved by an Italian chef named Gasparini in the 18th century is contested; the Oxford English Dictionary states that the French word is of unknown origin. It is sure nevertheless that the name meringue for this confection first appeared in print in François Massialot’s cookbook of 1692. The word meringue first appeared in English in 1706 in an English translation of Massialot’s book.’

Whether it is Swiss, French or Italian – It’s tasty!


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Cake | Turban

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This can’t turn out a flop! Sunday is the best day to be creative and bake cakes. If you happen to have a birthday party in the weekend, try to bake a cake for the birthday boy/girl! It is a great way to surprise someone and a good reason to get creative.

The Egyptians were the first to show baking skills. A long time ago cakes were just round, flour based bread without the sweetening. Later on cakes were considered a symbol of well being. Continue reading