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)

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

Cauliflower Fritters

Serves  20 1 small head cauliflower (1 3/4 pounds), cut into short 1/2-inch-wide floretsSalt and pepper, to taste1 cup flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 egg1 cup sparkling water1 tablespoon parsley, choppedOlive oil for deep frying (or a mixture of olive and canola oils) Cook cauliflower in a 4- to 5-quart pot of simmering salted water, uncovered, … Continue reading Cauliflower Fritters

Panforte (Tuscan Confection)

2 cups of whole almonds toasted1 ½ cups flour½ cup sugar3/4 cup honey1 cup candied orange peels2 cups raisins½ cup dried apricots2 teaspoon cinnamon¼ teaspoon cloves¼ teaspoon nutmeg½ teaspoon gingerpinch salt¼ teaspoon ground coriander½ cup water Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, spices and salt in a … Continue reading Panforte (Tuscan Confection)