Italian Plum Torte

This recipe is adapted from Maria Burros. I substituted half of the wheat flour with almond flour and added almond extract. 1/2 all-purpose flour1/2 almond meal1 teaspoon baking powder1 pinch salt1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature3/4 cup sugar2 eggs, at room temperature1 teaspoon almond extract11 Italian prune plums (or any amount of plum halves you can fit in the cake), pitted and halved lengthwisesugar … Continue reading Italian Plum Torte

Torta di Mele della Nonna (Grandma’s Apple Cake)

This recipe is adapted from La Cucina Italiana magazine (Italian version; September 2020). olive oil to oil the pan4 eggs1 1/2 cups sugar (300 grams)2/3 cup butter (150 grams), soften3 1/4 cups flour (400 grams)1 tablespoon baking powder1/2 cup milk1/2 cup rum3 pounds apple, peeled and thinly sliced1 teaspoon vanilla2 teaspoons cinnamonjuice of 1 lemon … Continue reading Torta di Mele della Nonna (Grandma’s Apple Cake)

Crostata di Zucchini (Zucchini Tart)

To make the pasta frolla dough Flour1 1/2 cupsSugar1/4 cupSalt1/2 teaspoonBaking powder1/2 teaspoonButter, unsalted6 tablespoons, cut into 4 piecesEggs1 large, beaten Combine dry ingredients in bowl of food processor and pulse several times to mix. Distribute the pieces of butter evenly over dry ingredients in work bowl. Pulse until very finely powdered. Add beaten eggs and continue … Continue reading Crostata di Zucchini (Zucchini Tart)

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from Emily Luchetti’s Fearless Baker, 2011; makes about 30 cookies 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature1 cup brown sugar, packed1/2 cup granulated sugar1 large egg1 teaspoon vanilla extract3 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking or steel-cut)1 cup All-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon kosher salt2 tablespoon whole milk1/2 cup dried apricots1/2 cup walnuts Cream … Continue reading Chewy Oatmeal Cookies