A very VERY dear friend of ours is from Rome. She’s so dear that I nickname her “The Mistress” as my husband spends most of his not-with-me time with her.
She makes the most amazing lemony sponge cake with a sugar crust. Its called a Ciambellone because it resembles a huge donut. So with this week being National Donut Week in the UK, I thought what better to make for my Lavazza Wimbledon #CoffeeSetMatch challenge than a nice cake with a hole in it! The cake tin is especially made for making this cake and has a hole right through the centre. It’s so refreshing and light and lovely for breakfast with a steaming hot espresso. Apparently its a common cake and every household in Italy makes them.
Well, I’m sorry but I don’t “do” common.
I just made the Ciambellone posh!
I got to thinking… what if it wasnt light, what if it was heavy, or heavier? what if it was smooth and rich instead of light and airy? What if I used a Demerara sugar to crystallise the top? And so my Ciambellone di Caffe was born – Ciao Ciao Limone, buon giorno Lavazza!
What you need:
1 Lavazza espresso
1 espresso sized cup of olive oil
1 tbsp of baking soda
380g of plain flour
A greedy sprinkling of golden Demerara sugar
What you do:
Pre-heat the oven at 180c
Rub the cake mold with butter and sprinkle it with flour
Mix all the ingredients, everything together, all at once, in a big bowl and sprinkle the sugar over the gooey mix
When smooth add the mix to the cake mold and throw it in the oven for 40 minutes
Be patient and DO NO do what I usually do… DON’T open the over the door for a peak!
It will collapse if you do.
There you have it, a posh coffee cake with a hole!
Whilst we’re on the subject of ‘posh’, let me tell you about Lavazza’s #CoffeeSetMatch campaign can be seen on take-away cups as well as a virtual cup promotion online which you can access here – it’s great, go ahead and and play- you have to in it to win it! Prizes include six pairs of tickets to Wimbledon, 90 Lavazza A Modo Mio Favola Plus Wimbledon Limited Edition coffee machines and 500 sets of four exclusive espresso cups created especially for the tournament.
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