I’m in CHINA! Got back to Shanghai yesterday morning and I’m still suffering from jet lag…
Leaving home is always soooo painful, like my mom starts crying, and I feel the shittiest daughter on earth for having decided to live so far away from home leaving my parents alone in Lecce. Ah, why life has to always been sooo complicated and painful for everybody?
Is there someone out there that can give me an answer? Please…
Whatever, let’s move on and talk food…
I haven’t had time to spend in the Kitchen yet so I’m going to post a recipe I made when I was still back home in Italy. This is the first Easter recipe of the year, many more will follow and they are all Italian typical ones.
The Italian Easter Dove Cake is, well….a cake shaped like a dove…The Dove is the Christina symbol of Easter as it means Peace. In Italy all families has the habbit of buying several of these cakes and eat them with friends and relative at picnics or lunches.
This year, for the very first time, I tried to homemade mine: it came out delicious. All you need for homemaking a dove cake is:
1. Simple ingredients
2. A dove mold
3. Several free hours
Have you got all of the above? Great! Let’s get started!
Ingredients (for one dove cake of 1 kg):
a dove mold of 1 kg
for the dough:
- 2-3/4 cup flour (350 g)
- 1/2 cup sugar (105 g)
- 1/2 cup butter (115 g)
- 1 whole egg
- 3 egg yolks
- 20 g of fresh yeast
- 50 ml whole fat milk
- 65 g candied fruit
- 50 g raisins
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 orange (only zest)
for the glass and decoration:
- 50 g pealed almond
- 1/4 cup sugar (50 g)
- 1 egg white
- 80 g grain sugar
- a few non pealed almond
Grab some fresh yeast and crumble it in a bowl
pour in 50 ml of warm milk
and stir with a wooden until the yeast is totally melted
sift in 1/3 heaping cup of flour (50 g)
Cover with wrapping paper and a towel and let rest in a warm place for 30 min
This is how it will look 30 min later
Now add in 2 egg yolks
2/3 cup flour (75 g)
and while stirring pour in 20 ml of lukewarm water
Cover again and let rest for 45 min
See how freaking bubbling it looks now?
Now grab other 2/3 cup of flour (75 g), 1 egg, 15 g soft unsalted butter and 1.5 tbsp of sugar (50 g)
and add them to the dough stirring with a wooden spoon until combined
Now let the dough rest covered for more 30 minutes
meanwhile soak in water the rasins.
Add to the dough the remaining flour (150 g, 1-1/4 cup) and sugar (90 g, slightly less then 1/2 cup)
butter (100 g, 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp),
a pinch of salt and orange zest
vanilla extract and 1 egg yolk
then grab the candied fruit
and add them in too
then the raisins
and mix all the ingredients together on a floured surface until you get a smooth and very soft dough
Divide the dough into 2 oval pieces
grab your dove mold
and place the two pieces one on each other, as to form a cross
Cover with plastic wrap and a towel and let rest for a couple of hours or until it doubled in size
At this point we can prepare the glass!
In a food processor combine 50 g pealed almond, 50 g sugar and 1 egg white
you will get something like this
about 2 hours later your dove cake will look nice and fluffy
brush the top with the glass we have just made
sprinkle the surface with grain sugar
then decorate with the unpealed almonds
Bake at 180 C for 45 min!
When ready take it out of the oven and let it cool down on a wire rack
You can wrap this up and give it as a present or bring it to your friends’ easter picnic brunch!
and if you have some leftovers….eat it for breakfast with a cup of cold milk…THE BEST!