Apples are my favourite fruits to use in a dessert, whether pies or cakes. YesterdayI remembered about a cake my mum use to make when she had too many apples or did not have enough time to prepare a more elaborate one. So on Sunday morning I found myself with two apples in the fruit bowl and a great desire to have a sweet breakfast. But I didn’t want any biscuits or croissants, also because it was too cold to get to the closer coffee shop/new-agent to buy something. So I had to find a solution in house and I switch on my laptop to gather the recipes folder and came across this Apple cake that was ticking all the boxes: all the ingredients available in house, quick, easy and ideal for breakfast.
500g fo Apples
150g 00 flour
1tbs of baking powder
200g of sugar
1 glass of milk
A pinch of salt
A pinch of cinnamon for the apples
Start cutting the apples into thin slices. In the meantime switch on the at 180C. Beat the eggs and add in order: sugar, flour, salt, melted butter, flour, milk and in the end the baking powder. Put some baking paper in the selected baking tray (22cm large and must have high edges). Pour the batter in the tin and in the end add the apples on the top.
Bake at 180C degrees for 30 minutes. Before serving, sprinkle with icing sugar.
For the first time since I started cooking I decided to give a go in making a cake for a friend’s birthday. As it was my first attempt, I start reading on line different recipes and ideas. In the end I decided to go for an easy one: “Pan di spagna” filled with chocolate cream and some cream on the top. For the base I used:
– 3 medium eggs at room temperature (150 g)
– 120 g of sugar
– 50 g of potato starch
– 70 g flour 00
– A pinch of salt
Put in a bowl the sugar and the eggs, mix them up for 10 minutes with a mixer. For a best result it is important the eggs are at room temperature.
Leave on the side the electric mixer and sift the flour and potato starch inside the egg and sugar mix. With a wooden spoon, stir gently from the bottom to the top.
Pour into a cake tin and then bake at 170 ° C for half an hour more or less.
For the filling:
For the filling I decided to go for chocolate custard. The recipe I followed is shown and really well explained in the video below by Giallo Zafferano.
After cutting in half the base and filling it with the chocolate cream, I decided to decorate the top and the sides of the cake with fresh whipped cream. The final touch was the strawberries and some chocolate caviar to add an extra taste and a bit of colours.
Biscotti or Biscuits perfect with a cup of tea, as snack in the afternoon or as a sweet breakfast. I like them at any time of the day, the only problem I end up eating far too many.
No needs for a curriculum as a Chef to make a butch of nice biscuits.
300 gr of Flour
150 gr Butter
120 gr sugar
3 eggs yolks
3 tbs of cocoa powder
Put in a large bowl the flour and the sugar and in the middle put the eggs yolks. Add the butter, and mix all together until obtaining a nice and soft dough. Cut in two halves and add in one the two spoons of cocoa powder; work the dough through until brown.
From the two halves makes 4 different rolls (2 white and 2 black). Wrap them up in cling film and let them rest for 30 mins in the fridge.
Cut the big roll in 1cm pieces, put the biscuits in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 15 mins.
Just a quick, easy and healthy recipes for the ones loving veggies. Slice up your favourite vegetables. It could be anything you like, really. Potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions are just few of a potential long list. Put in a baking tray. Add some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Give them a nice and gentle steer and wait for the oven to reach the temperature.
Put the tray into the oven and let them cook for 30-40 minutes, giving the veggies a mix from time to time. Enjoy!
Have a look to the results.