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APPLE CAKE WITH COCONUT FLOUR AND CHOCOLATE

The first cake that I have made in 2018: Apple Cakewith Coconut and chocolate!

The recipe belongs to one of my husband aunt that passed away in 2017 sadly! She was an amazing woman and a superb cook! I wish I will be like her.

The cake is amazing, not too dry and very delicious!

The recipe required 3 eggs but I just had 2 in my fridge this morning so I used half banana mashed( that is one of the things that you can use to substitute eggs in recipe)!

Here the recipe all in grams( if you don’t have a scale and you like to bake you should consider buy one)

  • 150 grams flour
  • 100 grans sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Half glass milk
  • Baking powder 2 teaspoon
  • 4 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 3 apples
  • 2 tablespoon chocolate grated
  • 80 grams butter
  • A sprinkle of love

Method:

Cream 50 grams of butter with half of the sugar.

Add the eggs one at the time and mix, add the milk and mix.

Add the flour mixed with baking powder! Mix and add the coconut and the chocolate grated!

Put the cake batter in a round cake pan covered with parchment paper and add the apple already slice all around! Put now the rest of the butter and sugar on top of the apple!

Bake at 325 for 50 minuets.

Buon Appetito

Heart shaped cookies

Nutella hearts cookies are delicious shortbread biscuits covered with Nutella. They are very easy to make and perfect for any occasion, if you don’t like Nutella you can replace it with Marmalade. Generally I like to give these cookies to my children’s teachers for Christmas and I have also added them to the Christmas sweets baking lesson. The recipe is taken from the Giallo Zafferano blog. Follow me on social media and let me know which is your favorite Christmas cake. http://www.bellacibo.ca http://www.instagram.com/bellacibo http://www.facebook.com/bellacibo72

Ingredients:

  • • 350 grams flour
  • • 100 grams icing sugar
  • • 200 grams soft butter
  • • 2 yellow eggs
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • • Icing sugar to sprinkle
  • • Heart shape cookies cutter one big and one smaller or star or whatever shape you like
  • • A sprinkle of love

Method:

  • • In a bowl mix the butter and the sugar until it’s nice and smooth {I like to use my hands, it’s easy}.
  • • Add the yellow eggs and mix for a minute, add the vanilla and the flour.
  • • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • • Turn the oven on at 350, roll out your dough and with a heart cookie cutter, and cut the cookies. With the smaller cookies cutter, cut out the heart.
  • • Put the cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper, and bake for 12-15 minutes!
  • • When they are cold, spread the Nutella on the bigger heart and put the small heart on top.
  • • Sprinkle some icing sugar and a lot of love.
  • • Buon Appetito

Cooking is fun

It has been so long since my last post on my blog. Sometime is difficult to be a full time mom, wife, chef, Social Media expertise, photographer, taxi driver,  school volunteer.What I really would like to do is just COOK. Behind every classes there is so much work, the prep time sometime is more hard then the 2 /3 hours of teaching.

I like what I do, I like to teach, share my Italian heritage and inspire people to cook real healthy food. Food brings people together, in the kitchen you can build the best precious memories.

Here some pictures of the 8 weeks Cooking course that I had in my kitchen in October and November! It was so much fun, I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to do what I do.

 

 

Eggless Fresh Pasta Workshop

Have you ever tasted REAL fresh pasta in Italy? Maybe with a glass of vino while you indulge your sense in a Creamy Carbonara or in a spicy Amatriciana or again in a rich Bolognese sauce! Lucky you, you don’t have to go to Italy for that but just need to sign-up to the  Authentic Fresh Pasta Workshop taught by Mamma Marzia, the Queen of the pasta.

The workshop are usually 2/3 hour long and you will learn:

  • the basic of making fresh pasta like choosing the right ingredients, how to mix them, kneading the dough and why it has to rest.
  • how to roll the dough and how to create fresh tagliatelle, spaghetti, hand rolled pappardelle and many other cuts
  • how to make 4 different Italian sauce like Carbonara, Amatriciana, Bolognese sauce/ meat sauce and whipping cream, ham and peas sauce.

 

The next Fresh pasta workshop is Wednesday Nov 9 at 7 pm and we are making Eggless Pasta to register message me at marzia@bellacibo.ca. Come with a friend to enjoy a full immersion Italian Night with lots of good food,  drink and funny story.

WINE TARALLI

Taralli are typical of southern Italy. Like all Italian foods, several regions of the south have their own version of Taralli with varying shapes and different flavors which include fennel seeds, black pepper and red pepper flakes.  Taralli can be sweet as well with a sugar glaze on top,in Italy they are often enjoyed deep in wine or coffee. I love to deep them in my afternoon coffee.  They are almost like a cracker, bread stick but way better. This recipe is very simple, no sugar and no yeast but instead Wine. I got the inspiration from an Italian Blog that I follow http://blog.giallozafferano.it/loti64/ . The result was awesome, these Taralli will be perfect  for the goodies bag that I m preparing for the fundraiser next Wednesday. I love to deep them in my afternoon coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams flour
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 130 ml oil evo
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • fennel seeds
  • a sprinkle of love

Method:

  • In a bowl put the flour, the fennel seed, the wine, the oil and the salt and mix everything{ if you have a mixer I suggest you to use it}. Mix very well until the dough is nice and silky.
  • Cover it with plastic paper and let it rest for 20 minutes. Now its time to roll out your Taralli and I suggest you to call your kids, its a fun activity for them plus you build precious memories.
  • Take a small piece of dough and, using the palms of your hands and applying gentle pressure, roll the dough into a rope of approximately 1 cm wide. Pinch both ends together to form a circle. The rope has to be 3/4 inches long more or less.  Place the Taralli on your board. Now they need to be boil; put 10 Taralli at the time in a boiling water, when they float pick them up with a scoop colander and placed them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Before to cook them its better to let them dry out for few hours or better until the day after. For mine I let them  dry for 5 hours and then cook them for 30 minutes at 400 until they are nice and gold. For mine oven the last 10 minutes I cook them on broil.
  • Buon Appetito
  • taralli-2

Why you should come to my cooking class?

From having a fun night, get inspired; learn about Italian culture to find the inner chef that is in you, there are many good reasons to take my cooking classes here few.

  1. Cooking is fun: Preparing meals is a necessary part of life, but you can make it fun. Coming to my classes turns an everyday task into a great social outing for you, your family and your friends!
  2. You get to know me: who doesn’t want to be friend with an Italian mom? Italian mom loves everybody, and the most important they like to feed everybody. They, also, keep you in the heart forever.
  3. Unique date night: tired of movie and dinner?Cooking classes are very unique idea; you get to learn while you have fun and at the end you enjoy the food that you made sitting down on a table tasting La Dolce Vita.
  4. Create family time and bounding:  this is my Mantra, cooking together create special bounding and precious memories that you will remember forever.
  5. Get inspired: you will get inspired from my passion for cooking and from the love that I put into it.
  6. Learn about Italian tradition and Italian Culture:Italian Culture is amazing, we have so many traditions that I like to keep alive and I love to share them with my friends.For sure you will start your own tradition after you met me.
  7. Find The inner chef that is inside you: I know cooking can be intimidating but I will teach you in a such a simple, fun way that you will surprise. You will get inspired from the simplicity and the fresh ingredients that I use.
  8. Cook nutritional meals for your family: Cooking from scratch is theBest that you can do for your family and for yourself.
  9. Encourage your local farming community: I follow Slow Food philosophySeasonalLocal and Simple. I like the fresh ingredient to speak for the dish. Support local business they have the best products.
  10. You get to know my secret ingredient:there is always a secret ingredient that nobody tells you. Come to my classes and you will find out.

 

 

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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