Ricotta and Candied Ginger Cheesecakes / Cheesecake di ricotta allo zenzero candito

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These cheesecake are a typical example of fridge-emptying experiment. I had some ricotta cheese getting close to it’s expiry date, too many fresh eggs from my aunt’s happy hens and some candied ginger and syrup which I made during Christmas time, languishing unused in the pantry. In a few minutes I pulled together this recipe, not really considering publishing it on the blog. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Spiced Baumkuchen, a layered cake for Daring Bakers / Torta albero speziata per i Daring Bakers

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The January 2014 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Francijn of “Koken in de Brouwerij“. She challenged us all to bake layered cakes in the tradition of Baumkuchen (tree cake) and Schichttorte (layered cake).

I admit it, when reading Baumkuchen on this month’s Daring Bakers pdf’s document for just a slight moment I had the illusion we had to bake the Polish version (Secakz)
of this cake common in Northern Europe regions such as Germany, Austria, Hungary and funnily quite popular in Japan too. Scrolling down to read more, excited and quite scared, I won’t deny my relief discovering that Francijn choice’s had fallen on the German version of this sweet loaf. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

What I baked last weekend and a chocolate and orange plumcake / Cosa ho sfornato settimana scorsa e un plumckae al cioccolato e arancia

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It has been a long one, last week. Full of appointments, things to do and unexpected events. I have baked and cooked, I’ve wrote posts, I’ve driven my car far and got stuck an a few queues. I got tired but didn’t let go, putting my alarm clock at 2 a.m. in order to bake a panettone I have been given at an evening at the bakery promoted by Migros and sleeping 4-5 hours maximum to bake ciabatte. I found the time to put together a quick pot bread but admit a little cheating with an addition of instant yeast (2 gr) which enabled me to bake a loaf in approx 4 hours avoiding the fridge proofing. And here I am, tired, trying to type up a new post for the blog. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Daring Bakers: Pastel de Tres Leches

tresleches4Inma was our Sept. 2013 Daring Bakers’ hostess and WOW did she bring us
something decadent and delicious! Pastel de Tres Leches or Three Milk Cake, creamy yet airy, super moist but not soggy…just plain delish!

As an avid foodblog reader, until some months ago when I decided to open my own blog, I was not new to Daring Bakers challenges and often admired the many efforts I usually saw depicted on website such as Tastespotting and Foodgawker. Never I would have imagined rolling up my sleeves and take the challenge too. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Cake is… all good things come in threes! / Cake é…non c’è due senza tre!

1150263_560636447307004_483083551_nYet another Cake is… Tuesday. Why did I choose Tuesdays to test my Cake is… recipes? Simple as one two three, Wednesdays are Ada (my niece) days. Usually me and my father go and take care of her whilst my sister works and I bring my baked goods, knowing they will be judged with no mercy by both family members. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Cake is… forgetting your baking soda??? / Cake è…dimenticarsi il lievito???

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As previously discussed in my post Cake is… I decided to enroll in a contest launched by Rossella at ma che ti sei mangiato?. I took this occasion to experiment different mixes and flavours for the cake in question, because as you can see in the dedicated post the only clear clues are the basic ingredients and no other instructions to bake this cake are given. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…