September 28, 2013


400 g plain flourimages
1/2 cube beer yeast
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp salt
250 ml warm water
1 tbsp. butter
1 egg

pistachios or other nuts or seeds (optional)

1. Activate the yeast with sugar and a drop of water or milk.

2. Place the flour, salt into a bowl, mix in the water and butter. It has to be quite sticky. Leave the dough to rest for 30 min in a warm place.
3. Heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Prepare loaf tin. Place the dough into the tin, paint with egg and sprinkle with pistachios or anything else you like.
4. Bake for 35 min till golden. Remove from the tin and rest on a wire rack or eat hot!



P. S. Is there anything better than home made bread with some pesto or great cheese? And it is so easy to make.

Enjoy, K.



March 1, 2013


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3 eggs
140 g soft butter
140 g light brown sugar
140 g flour
1tsp. baking powder
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
200 g stoned plums, half roughly chopped,
half cut into wedges

1 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
200 g light brown sugar
25 g roughly crushed sugar cubes

1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Butter and line the base of a 1kg loaf tin.

2. Lightly beat the eggs and egg yolk with a pinch of salt.

3. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Pour in the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the flour with the orange zest and two tablespoons of the juice, then fold in the roughly chopped plums. Spoon into the prepared tin and scatter the plum wedges over. Bake for 50 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

4. Cool for 10 mins, then turn out on a wire rack. Mix the remaining orange juice with the lemon juice and caster sugar. Spoon over the cooling cake and sprinkle with the crushed sugar pieces. Cool until set.100_0406

P.S. I have wanted to post this recipe for a while, it was my last autumn favourite, the one above is with plums, but instead of the lemon I used lime to make the sugar glaze, and I found the crushed cubes unnecessary. The one below was made with bilberries and the picture is before putting on the sugar glaze.. and to be honest, I cannot decide which I liked better! And even Claudio who does not like plums a lot, enjoyed this cake.


Definitely try this one, you will just love it.

Enjoy, K.

recipe from GoodFood 101 Cakes&Bakes


September 27, 2012


150 g flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
250 g sugar
4 eggs, separated

1 orange juice
25 ml Marsala wine or sherry
50 g brown sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line the cake tin (23×12 cm).

2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

3. Beat the egg yolks and sugar into cream, gradually mix in the flour mix.

4. Beat the egg whites into firm foam and then mix it into the dough. Spoon into the tin.

5. Bake 30-40 min until the top is firm and it is not sticking to the pick.

6. Make the orange sugar. Mix the sugar with the orange juice and the sherry. The mix should be like wet sugar, not runny.

6. Let it rest for 10 min, then cool on the wire rack. While still warm put on the top the orange sugar. When cold, remove the paper and let it rest for another hour.

P.S. The second treat at the last Cake Party.. Must admit, this was not one of my favourites.. I guess, just not sweet enough for my taste buds.. but try.. maybe you will lke it!

Enjoy, K.

recipe from “KÅ«kas” by M. Neri