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Orange Cake

I fall in love with this cake! I had a cooking class over Spring Break and I decided to make this delicious cake with the girls. The result was amazing, the house smelled  divine and the cake tasted really good even the day after. We had it for breakfast and it was very satisfactory.

Try to make it maybe with your kids or your friends, don’t forget to build some precious moments in the kitchen and most important don’t forget THE SPRINKLE OF LOVE.

Ingredients:

  • 80 grams butter room temperature
    270 grams flour
    3 eggs room temperature
    125 grams sugar
    180 grams orange juice
    10 grams baking power
    Orange zest of  2 orange
    A sprinkle of love

Method:

Mix the dry ingredients.
Take 2 orange and peel of the zest after that squeeze out the juice.
In a bowl put the butter and the sugar and with a mixer mix until is nice and smooth! Add one at the time the eggs and the orange zest and the flour! When the cake batter absorbed all the flour add the orange juice.
Mix, put it in a baking pan previously buttered and cook it at 340 for 30/35 minutes!
Buon Appetito

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Soft Nutella Cake

I m a Nutella lover, I grew up in Italia and one of my absolutely favorite snack was bread with Nutella. The best memories of my summers, when I was a kid, are eating bread with Nutella with my cousin by the beach or a bed time snack! Said that, I always like to make dessert with Nutella so the other day I had company for dinner and I decided to make this delicious cake.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 120 ml oil
  • 100 ml milk
  • 300 grams flour
  • 3 teaspoon of Baking power
  • 6 tablespoon of Nutella
  • A sprinkle of love
  • sprinkle of icing sugar

 

Method:

  • Beat the eggs and the sugar with the hand-mixer until they are nice and fluffy.
  • Add the oil and milk mix very well with a spoon or spatula t this point, and at the end pour the flour mixed with the baking powder and mix very well.
  • Get you cake pan, I used a 9 inch round, greased with butter or oil, and pour the cake batter in. Shake a little bit and put the 6 table spoon of Nutella on the top of you mixture. You don’t need to shake. Bake at 350 for 30/40 minutes.Sprinkle some icing sugar and delicious. This cake is perfect the day after to dip in your milk at breakfast.
  • Buon appetito

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BLUEBERRIES PIE

 

BLUEBERRIES PIE

 

I love blueberries and every year I have my little tradition to go pick them up with my kids! It’s a fun activity for them and it is something that I want them to remember when they are older…the precious moments with mamma.

This is my first time making blueberries pie, I got the recipe from an Old Italian Magazine and I have to say I really liked the result; the pie came out not too sweet so I could really taste the blueberries! I love natural flavours! For this recipe I made with my hand the Pate Brisee {Pie Dough} but, if you don’t have time, you can buy it frozen already made.

I highly suggest making this cake with your kids so you can start your own tradition and you can challenge yourself.

INGRIDIENTS FOR THE PIE DOUGH

  • 12 ounces flour
  • 4 ounces butter from the fridge
  • 70 ml water
  • Salt just few pinch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • A sprinkle of love

INGRIDIENTS FOR THE BLUEBERRIES SAUCE

  • 12 ounces blueberries
  • 5 ounces brown sugar
  • 4 ounces cornstarch
  • ½ lemon

METHOD:

  • First thing you have to make the Dough Pie so it can rest for a little bit before you work it on it!
  • In a bowl put the flour, salt, egg, sugar and the butter cut in small pieces. Mix very well with your hands and when you see that the dough start to look very sandy add the cold water. Mix for few minutes and let it rest in the fridge cover with plastic paper.
  • Now it’s time to make the blueberries sauce so in a pan put the blueberries, the brown sugar and the juice of half lemon, cook everything on a medium heat for few minutes and then add the corn starch e cook for 2 minutes. Put your blueberries mixture in a blender and blend everything! Let it rest for few minutes.
  • Get your dough from the fridge, and whit a rolling pin roll it out. What I usually do is this: I put some parchment paper on my working surface, the dough and on top more parchment paper so it will be easier to work it out because the dough won’t stick to the rolling pin. Bring your cake pan and put the rolled dough in, don’t forget to leave few pieces of dough for the decoration, now pour the blueberries sauce, level everything with a spoon and put some decoration on top. In my case yesterday my kids wanted to make few hearts , but you can do stripe or star or whatever you like. In your kitchen you can do whatever you like, you are in control.
  • Bake the cake for 35/45 minutes at 350
  • Buon Appetito

 

Mini Sweet Focaccias bread with Nutella

Mini Focaccias with Nutella

These mini focaccias, with the heart full of Nutella, are a very delicious, easy and fast dessert. They are like sweet bread but they don’t need to rise, the preparation time is just 20 minutes and you can cook them on the stove. It’s a perfect easy recipe for  a Sunday treat for your kids or family. I got the recipe from my favourite Italian blog Mysia! If you make it let me know and if you need help message me or call me I will be happy to help you.

You can stuff them with jam if you don’t have Nutella.

Ingredients: collage mini focaccia

  • 250 grams/9 oz flour
  • 140 grams/5 oz sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 20 ml oil
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Nutella
  • Icing sugar
  • A sprinkle of love

 

 

 

Method:

In a bowl mix flour, sugar and baking powder, make a hole and put in the water, vanilla and oil.

Mix until the dough is nice and smooth.

Roll out your dough, with a rolling pin, on your board where you sprinkled some flour.

Now with a cookies cutter cut out the shape of your mini focaccia, you will be able to cut out 22/24 shapes.

On half of them put a teaspoon of Nutella and close them out with the other half.

 

Now you can cook your mini focaccias on a frying pan previously lightly oiled, 3 or 4 minutes for side.

Sprinkle some icing sugar and some love and serve to your family or friends.

 

Buon Appetito

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Jam Crostata/Tart

Jam Crostata/Jam Tart is one of the most popular desserts in Italy. You can find it in every pastry, restaurant and in every house where there is a Nonna around.

Everybody has their own recipe; to get the best result I suggest using home-made jam.

This is the basic recipe for the tart so you can make the Crostata/tart or cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams {about 1 ½ cup} flour
  • 100 grams {about ½ cup} sugar
  • 100 grams {about ½ cup less a tsp} unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • Lemon zest
  • Teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of love

Method:

  • In a bowl mix the flour, the sugar and the pinch of salt, make a hole, and add the butter at room temperature cut in pieces, add the eggs, the lemon zest and the baking powder.
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  • Put it in the fridge for 1 hour covered with plastic.
  • Get your 12 inch round pan buttered and turn the oven on at  350.
  • Roll the dough out to about ¼ and ½ inch thick without working it too much. I suggest covering the dough with plastic wrap so it won’t stick on your rolling pin.
  • Set the dough on your pan, remembering to leave a small piece for the strips.
  • Spread the jam on the dough and reroll the pieces for the strips.
  • Put the strips on the jam the way that you like.
  • Bake the crostata for 20/30 minutes or until is nice and brown.
  • Do not over bake otherwise it will become hard like a rock.
  • Buon Appetito

 

Healthy Pumpking Muffin Recipe

Yesterday I had the pleasure to help my son Kindergarten class to make these healthy Pumpkin muffin,the kids had so much fun.

I fall in  love with the recipe because it is was so simple and healthy  so when I come home I had to made them right away.

It was a perfect healthy after school snack,try it and let me know what do you think.

I highly  suggest to make them with your kids they will have fun.

Ingredients:

1 small can pumpkin (15oz)

1/2 cup applesauce

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 cup of flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice or you favorite spice (I used cinnamon)

1/2 teaspoon salt

A sprinkle of love

Method:

Pre-heat the oven at 350.

Grease the bottom of muffin cups.

Combine all the ingredients starting with the pumpking and the apple sauce, mix a little bit add the eggs the vanilla and the brown sugar and mix again.Now add all the dry ingredients and you are simply done..

Pour the batter into muffin cups and bake for about 25 minutes until they are puffed and a nice color golden brown.

Buon Appetito

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French Toast Stick with Cinnamon twist

If you are a french toast lover you will love this yummy recipe, its easy and a great way to start the morning.

Ingredient:

 

8 slices thick-cut slice bread (for gluten free version use gluten free bread)
4  eggs
1 cup heavy cream
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon butter for the frying pan
Maple syrup, for serving

a sprinkle of love

 

Method:

Cut each slice of bread into four thick sticks, set aside.

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In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla. Dip each piece of bread in the egg mixture, turning to coat it on all sides so that it’s well-saturated with the custard.

Shake off any excess and place the coated bread on a large plate or baking dish. Repeat the dipping process with the remaining pieces of bread.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, place several of the coated sticks in a single layer in the pan.  Cook until golden brown on one side then flip and continue cooking until the sticks are golden brown and slightly crisped on all edges.

Serve immediately with maple syrup for dipping and fresh fruit

Buon Appetito

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