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Sicilian lemon cake with coconut, ricotta and polenta

In Sicily, we ate cakes for breakfast! Sometime, our plate looked liked a poem in praise of gluttony: In such a poem all the synonymous of “cake” would have to be used! Eclairs, marbled cakes, profiteroles, biscuits, tart, millefeuille, brioche…

This recipe is for Judy who enjoys cake for breakfast – and anybody looking for an almond-free version of my Sicilian Lemon cake. Here, I have simply replaced the almond with ground coconut and the result is a much more textured cake, a bit similar to a carrot cake, but with the intensely citrussy flavour of the sicilian lemons…

I think it works even better than the almond version: Coconut and lemon being such a winning pairing… It almost makes you glad to be almond-intolerant!

A sicilian breakfast in NOTO

A sicilian breakfast in NOTO

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Delicious sandwiched with lemon cream

Ingredients list:

  • Butter, 50g
  • Sugar, 280g
  • Eggs, 6
  • Fine polenta, 150g
  • Ground coconut, 200g
  • Baking powder, 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Honey, 2 Tbsp
  • Zest of 5 lemons and juice of one
  • Ricotta, 300g

Pre-heat the oven to 160º.

Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy and add the eggs one at a time.

Zest each lemon carefully – better to choose organic and unwaxed lemons if you can. Juice one of them and keep the others for a Granita de limone.

Fold all the remaining ingredients and pour into a lined and buttered cake pan.

If you have some lemon extract, you can add a few drops for a more intense lemon taste. Bake for just over an hour at 160 °. It is ready when the middle is still ever so slightly wobbly. The result is a dense and intense cake with a chewy texture. Irresistibly lemony… You can do a sandwich cake if you bake it in two sandwich tins and spread some lemon curd whipped with mascarpone in the middle! Try this for a posh party version!

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Serve cold with yogurt or on its own.

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Almond, lemon, ricotta and polenta cake

If summer is not coming to us, we will conjure it up in our plates! We will force it into our dishes and how best to do that than to use the enchanted flavours of Sicilian lemons, unadulterated ground almond and exotic polenta in order to create a “spirit of summer” cake? Seasonal and gluten-free.

Baking is soulful and a proper pick-me-up when all else is a disappointment including the longing for sunshine. This cake will fill your kitchen with the scents of a lemon grove and the lingering taste of sunnier places… You can serve it as pudding or eat it for breakfast as they do in Sicily, or better even : have it with a cup of tea outdoors! Any CHANCE of a picnic this week-end?!

Ingredients list:

  • Butter, 50g
  • Sugar, 280g
  • Eggs, 6
  • Fine polenta, 150g
  • Ground almond, 200g
  • Baking powder, 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Honey, 2 Tbsp
  • Zest of 5 lemons and juice of one
  • Ricotta, 300g
All the scents of summer

All the scents of summer

IMG_3708Pre-heat the oven to 160.

Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy and add the eggs one at a time.

Zest each lemon carefully – better to choose organic and unwaxed lemons if you can. Juice one of them and keep the others for a Granita de limone.

Fold all the remaining ingredients and pour into a lined and buttered cake pan.

If you have some lemon extract, you can add a few drops for a more intense lemon taste. Bake for just over an hour at 160 °. It is ready when the middle is still ever so slightly wobbly. The result is a dense and intense cake with a silky and melting texture. Irresistibly lemony…

Serve cold with yogurt and on its own.

This quantity will fill a dish 23 cm in diameter. The recipe is inspired by an australian site: www.goodfood.com.au With thanks!

Gâteau aux amandes et citron – Publié en VF sur “750 grammes”

Je vous livre ici en VF une recette délicieuse faite ce week-end et que le site 750Grammes vient de publier, accompagnée d’une interview de votre humble servante. Il s’agit d’un gâteau léger comme une plume, sans un gramme de gluten et surtout qui infusera dans votre cuisine un parfum de vergers siciliens à faire pleurer un mafieux!

INGREDIENTS

Pour 6 personnes

  • 3 gros citrons
  • 175g de sucre
  • 4 oeufs
  • 175g de poudre d’amandes
  • ¼ de c à c de bicarbonate de soude

Proposé par : Diane du blog Travels around my kitchen> Toutes ses recettes> Derniers commentaires

PREPARATION

1/Faire cuire les citrons entiers dans 15 cl d’eau et couverts, pendant 1 heure minimum. Prenez des citrons non cirés et à la peau fine.

2/Les ouvrir et enlever les pépins. Passer le tout au mixeur et rajouter un peu d’eau si nécessaire: vous devez obtenir une bouillie fine. Passer au chinois ou par la grille fine du presse-purée.

3/Mélanger le sucre et les œufs entiers. Faire blanchir le mix en fouettant. Ajouter la poudre d’amandes et la levure. Ajouter la purée de citrons.Verser dans 6 petits moules ou dans un moule à manquer.

4/Mettre au four thermostat 180° pendant 30-35 minutes.

via Recette – Gâteau au citron et amandes – Proposée par 750 grammes.

For the English version of a similar cake , albeit in a clementine flavour instead of lemon, go to my archive!

Lemon granité with mint

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A recipe for the heat! Cooling lemonade with mint superlative for
freshness…
Ingredients list:
Juice of four to 5 lemons
Handful of fresh mint
Syrup made with one tall glass of sugar and same quantity of water,
boiled and cooled
Two trays of ice cubes

Chuck everything including the cooled syrup into a blender that can
handle ice and serve immediately in tall glasses with fresh fruit
sliced and some local cakes: for us today, with “coca de patata” a
light mallorquin puff cake made with potato flour and dusted in ice
sugar.

>Quick hummus, if you didn’t exist…

>What else would I serve the men of my life on a Friday evening with a glass of shandy?! 


Ingredient list:
1 tin of chick pea
1 spoonful of Tahini
Virgin cold pressed Olive oil 100ml
Lemon juice of 1 and 1/2 lemons
3 garlic cloves crushed
2 spoonful of ground cumin
1 spoonful of smoked paprika
Optional: 1 small seeded chopped chilli

Blitz all ingredients in a food processor (I use a standing blender); adding a bit of olive oil or even water too make it lighter if the consistency is too thick. But I never puree it to finely as I enjoy a bit of texture.
Serve with toasted pitta or flat bread and a glass a dry white. TGIFriday after all!

I know of one who will be expecting this next Friday! And I can’t wait… Ring me to say you got the message! -Sorry Darling, but there will be some Saturday for you too…