Cake Dessert Vegetarian

Apple Strudel, a Delicious Apple Cake

How to prepare the real Italian recipe of Apple Cake or “Strudel di Mele”

A delicious old-fashioned Apple Cake made with apples from the north of Italy with LOVE! A good combination of flavors like: raisins, cinnamon, lemon, apples, pine-nuts; all together for a great result and absolutely an All Healthy choice!  You can eat it with vanilla ice cream, with simply fresh cream or with a vanilla sauce, is always perfect in every possible way….


To make the dough

  • 1 Egg
  • 300 grams of Flour
  • 100 grams of Water
  • 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • a pinch of Salt

Make filling

  • 1 kg of Apple
  • 60 grams of pine-nuts
  • 50 grams of Butter
  • 60 grams of Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 50 grams of Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 70 grams of Raisin
  • a bit of Milk


  1. Start by preparing the dough: Mix the flour with the salt, form a fountain in the center and add the egg. Begin kneading,  gradually adding warm water and oil, until the dough will not assume elasticity and texture. Form a dough ball, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for an hour in a warm place.
  2. Prepare the filling: Peel the apples and cut them into chunks. Add the lemon juice. Toast the bread crumbs with the butter in a fairly large pan, then add the apples, pine nuts, the raisins, previously soaked and squeezed, cinnamon and sugar. Let it cook for a few minutes. Do not burn it!
  3. Take the dough and roll it out into a very thin sheet, giving it the shape of a rectangle. Place it on a plate covered with parchment paper.
  4. Add the apples filling, previously prepared with the raisins and pine nuts, inside the strudel being careful to leave the ends of the long rectangle of dough open (about two cm from the edges). With the help of the parchment paper roll the strudel on himself. Trim the excess of dough at the sides and seal well.
  5. Brush the entire surface of the strudel with milk and bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes. When it’s ready serve accompanied with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or with a custard.

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Cake Dessert

Apple Pie or Torta di Mele

How to prepare the real Italian food of the traditional Apple Pie or “Torta di Mele”

This easy Apple Cake is a perfect fit for every occasion: a delicious breakfast, office break, afternoon tea with the kids and in the evening for that funny after dinner cravings 🙂 better if accompanied by a spoonful of wondeful custard, lets do things properly! Enjoy with the ones you LOVE


  • 200 grams of Sugar
  • 200 grams of Flour 00
  • 100 grams of Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 grated Lemon peel
  • juice of one Lemon
  • 8 Apples (we like Fuji)
  • 25 grams of Pine Nuts
  • 4 tablespoons of Raisins
  • 1 baking powder
  • Cinnamon as you prefer


  1. Cut 6 apples in small chunks and 2 apples into slices. Place in a bowl apples diced marinated with 2 tablespoons of sugar, the juice lemon, cinnamon, raisins and pine-nuts.
  2. In a bowl beat the eggs with the sugar until frothy, add the butter previously melted in a double boiler (or microwave) and the flour, continue beating for about 3 minutes.
  3. Combine the mixture of apples in chunks and finally the yeast dissolved in a little milk.
  4. Pour the mixture into a cake pan 28 cm in diameter greased and floured, cover the dough with apples sliced in circles.
  5. Bake 35 minutes at 180°.

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Cake Main

Walnut Cake or Torta alle noci

How to prepare the real Italian recipe of Walnut Cake or “Torta con le Noci”

A lovely recipe from Abruzzo region, it’s very soft and tasty. More homely than sophisticated. Lovely to enjoy with children, maybe cooking together. If you love walnut, this is the most amazing cake recipe ever! Simply indulge. Yummy!



  • 120 grams of Butter
  • 150 grams of Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 140 grams of Flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 150 of chopped Walnuts
  • 150 grams of powder sugar
  • 1 Lemon zest grated
  • Cinnamon as you prefer


1° step

Soften with your hands 120 grams of butter and 150 grams of sugar and knead for 5 minutes. Apart beat 2 eggs and 2 yolks very well for 5 minutes, add the flour and 2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder. Combine thoroughly and pour into a baking dish. Bake it at 170° for 30 minutes.


Whip the two egg whites for 2 minutes, add 150 grams of powder sugar and continue to whip, when it’s ready add 150 grams of chopped walnuts, 1 lemon zest grated and cinnamon. Pour the mixture over the cake, previously cooked and bake at 170° for 10 minutes.

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Cake Dessert Dinner Gluten free Vegetarian

Delicious Chocolate Capri Cake or Torta Caprese

 How to prepare the real recipe of the Italian Chocolate Capri Cake or “Torta Caprese”

A traditional cake from one of the most beautiful Islands in Italy: CAPRI!

This tasty almond and chocolate cake is from this wonderful island. The origin: the cook would indeed forget to put the flour in a chocolate cake with almonds. A fatal mistake, which has created one of the most popular desserts and appreciated by so many palates. Traditionally made on the island of Capri, this cake has a delicious aroma. Without using flour for the pan (and using parchment paper instead) this is a delicious gluten free recipe.



Ingredients for a pan of 26-28 cm

  • 350 grams Allmond, peeled and toasted
  • 250 grams of Dark Chocolate 70%
  • 200 grams of Unsalted Butter
  • 200 grams of powder Sugar
  • 6 medium Eggs (50 grams each)
  • a pinch of Salt
  • Butter and flour for the pan or use parchment paper for a gluten free recipe
  • Cocoa Powder for a pan
  • Powder sugar for a top cake


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, grease and flour a pan of 26-28 cm.

2. In a mixer finely chop the almonds with a teaspoon of sugar. Melt slowly the dark chocolate and unsalted butter together “a bagnomaria”, in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula, until chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined. Remove from heat. Important: do not burn the chocolate!

3. Beat the egg yolks, 200 grams of powder sugar and a pinch of salt together in a bowl with a whisk or an electric mixer until pale and very thick, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the chocolate with butter and almonds.

4. Beat the egg whites until stiff, add to the mixture slowly and gently, folding from bottom up, making sure you don’t loose the volume. Into the pan previously completely covered with butter and flour – use a gluten free flour or a parchment paper for a fully gluten free recipe – add the cocoa powder at the bottom and then add the full mixture.

5. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, after that let it rest outside the oven for 15 minutes and remove from the pan. Invert the cake on a serving dish. When cool, dust with powdered sugar. Simply delicious. Enjoy.

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Breakfast Cake Dessert

Soft Heaven Cake or Torta Paradiso

How to prepare the real Italian recipe of the Soft Heaven Cake or “Torta Paradiso”

The Soft Heaven Cake or Torta Paradiso is one of the most loved by children for its simplicity and taste. The cake is similar to a chiffon cake, as it is light and airy. Soft and delicate, it is ideal for a snack or a tasty breakfast Sunday. This is originally a traditional dessert from Genova, a very delicate, light and soft sponge cake that everyone loves.


  • 6 Eggs
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 200 grams of Sugar
  • 200 grams of Butter
  • 1 grated Lemon
  • 100 grams of Potato Flour
  • 100 grams of Flour
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Sugar
  • a dose of Baking Powder


1. Separate the egg whites from the yolks and put everything aside. Add the butter to a bowl, at room temperature and beat with an electric mixer until it becomes all fluffy, creamy. Include gradually the sugar and continue beating. Stir the softened butter with the sugar for a creamy mixture. Combine the 6 egg yolks one by one gradually and continue beating the mixture until it becomes light and still fluffy.

2. Add the 2 flours, the vanilla sugar and the baking powder slowly continuing to beat. Mix everything well. Beat all the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Combine the egg whites into the mixture, stirring gently. Add the egg whites, previously whites stiff and grated lemon rind. Butter and flour a cake pan of 20 cm of diameter and pour the mixture into the cake pan, bake at 180° for 50 minutes.

3. Let it cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Fluffy, soft and delicious. Powdered sugar on this cake will not absorb into the cake and get gummy. So when the cake is cool, sift the sugar all over the top of the cake. For a special twist cut the cake in the middle and add Nutella covering all the bottom surface like a sweet sandwich. Enjoy.

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Biscuits Cake Christmas Dessert

White Wine Baked Donuts Ciambelline

How to prepare the real Italian recipe of “Baked Donuts or Ciambelline with white wine”

If there is one thing that never fails on a Christmas table, and never fails throughout the year too, it is the White Wine Baked Donuts, dipping those wonderful donuts in a glass of red wine or in a sweet wine like a wonderful Passito from Pantelleria, will be just the perfect combination, unstoppable nibbling!


  • 125 grams of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 grams of White wine or Red Wine
  • 450 grams of Sugar
  • 1 kg ½ of Flour
  • 1 grated Lemon
  • pinch of Salt
  • Sugar for coating


1. In a bowl mix well the following ingredients: sugar, oil, wine, then gradually add flour with a pinch of salt and 1 grated lemon, until it all comes together.

2. Transfer to a lightly floured flat surface and knead lightly until the dough becomes smooth, cut off a little piece of dough at a time, roll into a small chubby rope and bring the ends together to form a circle. Dip in sugar and place on greaseproof paper covered, bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until they reach a marvelous golden in color.

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Cake Christmas Dessert

Panettone with Mascarpone and Dark Chocolate

How to prepare the real Italian recipe of Panettone with a special mascarpone sauce and slices of dark chocolate on top

A luscious Italian dessert for a special Christmas dinner with friends, a wonderful recipe, very simple, easy.

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 4 slices of Panettone (Scarpato Panettone)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 200 grams of White Sugar
  • 200 grams of Mascarpone
  • 1 glass of Rum
  • slices of Dark Chocolate


1. Slamming long 3 egg yolks with 200 grams of sugar until creamy off-white.

2. Add 200 grams of mascarpone and mix well, stretching with a glass of rum.

3. Finally add the beaten egg whites, stirring gently so as not to dismantle them. Pour into cups and refrigerate for a few hours. Cut the slices of panettone and cover with mascarpone sauce and slices of dark chocolate.

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Breakfast Cake Dessert

Baked Ring Cake or Ciambellone Tradizionale

How to prepare the real Italian recipe of the traditional “Ciambellone” for a children party or for a nice breakfast during the weekend

Wonderful Classic recipe of a cake often baked at home in Italy, the Baked Ring Cake. “Ciambellone” (chahm-bell-ohn-eh) Plain, vanilla-scented cake, is a classic Italian cake, dense and crumbly and perfect with a cappuccino or a cold glass of milk and, of course, a nice espresso. It’s tender and fragrant, has a good, sensible crumb, lasts for a few days on the kitchen counter, it is not too sweet, healthy, easy to make, and very nice for breakfast. The traditional Italian “Ciambellone” is also good at teatime and as a snack for little children. In other words, it’s a perfect everyday cake. A glorious cake. The classic good old Italian family recipe.


  • 200g/7oz Butter softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 300g/10½oz Sugar
  • 4 free-range Eggs, yolk separated
  • 300g/10½oz plain Flour
  • 100g/3½oz Potato Flour or Cornflour
  • 1 Lemon, zest only
  • 4-6 tbsp Milk
  • 1 sachet of Baking Powder like “Pane Angeli” or use 1 tsp baking powder mixed with 2 to 3 drops of vanilla or powder


1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Lightly grease a baking ring mould.

2. Mix and cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is pale and creamy. Stir in the egg yolks, plain flour, potato flour or cornflour and lemon zest together with four tablespoons of milk. Stir in 1-2 more tablespoons of milk if the mixture is very thick. It should be creamy, light and stand in soft peaks in the bowl. Zest citrus fruit. Stir in the Pane Angeli, or the baking powder and vanilla essence mix. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Then fold the egg whites into the mixture.

3. Pour the mixture into the greased baking ring mould and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and springy to the touch. Serve.

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