A Cake to Connect Three Friends From Different Parts of the World

The title of this week’s recipe may sound a bit quirky and needs to be explained.

The cake we made is more than a simple cake, it’s a pretext for connecting with our friend Giulia who is currently living in Santiago, Chile. She is a professional photographer and the owner of followingthenorthstar. During this period of quarantine, she baked tons of delicious Italian dishes for her family and amazed us with the stunning pictures of the food she prepared.

Apart from pilfering her the recipe of her strawberry cake (that we made replacing the strawberries with juicy cherries), we got to have a Zoom session to learn the basics of the dark photography from Giulia, by connecting the Chilean capital Santiago with Zurich and Copenhagen. It was so exciting!!!

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Tuscan Grandpa’s Tart – Torta del Nonno

Today, in Italy the Grandpa’s day is being celebrated. We believe it’s a great occasion to honour and say thank you to all of our grandparents, who are always willing to help us when we need them. While I was thinking about which cake my daughter’s Grandpa would love to eat today, I thought about his taste when it comes to sweet treats. He is very fond of every kind of sweet food, but he has a penchant for chocolate. So, wanting to be impartial and still giving credit to all the Grandmothers, albeit satisfying his craving for chocolate, we went with this luscious version of the Grandma’s tart we already baked in the past.(Torta della Nonna).

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

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An Italian Breakfast: a Slice of a Soft and Light Ciambella

It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. During the holidays, it’s also the most enjoyable moment of the day. It is actually the moment when the whole family can gather unhurriedly around the table planning the coming day. Imagine doing this while sharing a pleasant white and black ciambella, just out of the oven. Isn’t it the best way to kick start a summer day?

🍷Francesca & Marinella🍴

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Sicilian Orange Cake – Pan d’arancio

A few days ago we announced that we would prepare a cake with Sicilian oranges. As we like to keep our promises :-), today we will present you this fragrant cake, the Pan d’arancio.

To prepare this traditional Sicilian cake we used Sanguinello blood oranges (a type of blood oranges), which come from Eastern Sicily. This variety has a pulp lightly streaked with red due to the presence of anthocyanins. The flavour is more intense and sweeter than other varieties of oranges.

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Hazelnut cake

The best way to avoid the Christmas shopping frenzy is to be at home baking our hazelnuts cake with your children … and do not forget to play nice Christmas songs in the background!

When the cake is out of the oven, bring out all the Christmas decorations you have at home, and let your children adorn the cake as best as they can. Enjoy every single moment with your loved ones!

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Tenerina Cake from Ferrara: Creamy Inside Crunchy Outside

The main feature of this chocolate cake is a creamy inside covered by a crunchy outside.

Tenerina is a traditional dessert from Ferrara, a city in Emilia-Romagna, North Italy. It is the nominated city of the Renaissance by Unesco for its well preserved historical buildings and for being a centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Thanks to our dear friend Sergio for sharing his family recipe of this easy-to-make cake. If you find yourself in Ferrara go to  Pasticceria Cioccolateria Chocolat  (Via Corte Vecchia 55), so you can have a taste of the original Tenerina cake.

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