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No Butter Coffee and Nutella Cake

No Butter Coffee and Nutella Cake
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Recipe by Silvia Baldini — This coffee and Nutella cake is another soft, no butter bundt cake. There is a secret to keep the center gooey and chocolatey. Simply bake half of the cake batter for 12 minutes and then add the Nutella. Cover with the remaining batter and finish to bake. YUM! A heart of Nutella!
Servings Prep Time
10/12 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10/12 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
No Butter Coffee and Nutella Cake
Print Recipe
Recipe by Silvia Baldini — This coffee and Nutella cake is another soft, no butter bundt cake. There is a secret to keep the center gooey and chocolatey. Simply bake half of the cake batter for 12 minutes and then add the Nutella. Cover with the remaining batter and finish to bake. YUM! A heart of Nutella!
Servings Prep Time
10/12 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10/12 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 single espresso shot
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar 220 g
  • 3/4 cup whole milk 180 ml
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sunflower oil 80 ml
  • 2 1/4 cups pastry flour or 00 flour, sifted 280 g
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons nutella 250 g
  • powder sugar or cocoa powder for decorating
Servings: people
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F. Grease the bottoms and the sides of a 9 inches round tube cake pan. Line with parchment paper. You can use a bundt cake but I would select a simple design or the cake will stick to the pan. A spring form pan works as well.
  2. Make one espresso shot and add the two teaspoons of instant coffee to it. Mix and set aside.
  3. In a stand in mixer, fitted with a wire whisk attachment, cream the eggs with the sugar until light and fluffy. About 10 minutes.
  4. Slow down the whisk and add the milk a little bit at the time until mixed in, then add the vanilla extract, the coffee and then slowly add the sunflower oil and then the flour, the baking powder and the salt. Keep mixing until well combined scraping down after each addition.
  5. Pour half of the cake batter in the prepared pan and spread with a knife or a silicon spatula. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Take the cake out of the oven and spoon the Nutella on the half baked batter in a concentric circle. Cover with the remaining cake batter.
  6. Put back in the hot oven for another 25 to 27 minutes, until golden and firm. Use a toothpick to test the cake to see if it is cooked in the center.
  7. Remove the cake and place on a wire rack to cool. Do not remove the cake from the pan until cooled. Sprinkle with powder sugar before serving or with sifted cocoa powder.
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Mixed Berry Jam Bundt Cake

Mixed Berry Jam Bundt Cake
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Recipe By Silvia Baldini—No butter but super soft, with a hint of lemon and packed with the last berries of the season. Power snack, italian style!
Servings Prep Time
10/12 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10/12 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Mixed Berry Jam Bundt Cake
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Recipe By Silvia Baldini—No butter but super soft, with a hint of lemon and packed with the last berries of the season. Power snack, italian style!
Servings Prep Time
10/12 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10/12 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh ricotta, drained
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 medium lemon peel grated
  • 1/3 cup sunflower oil you can also use grapes seeds or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces mixed berry jam you can use fresh berries
  • powder sugar to decorate
Servings: people
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F. Grease the bottoms and the sides of a 9 inches round tube cake pan. Line with parchment paper. You can use a bundt cake but I would select a simple design or the cake will stick to the pan. A spring form pan works as well.
  2. In a stand in mixer, fitted with a wire whisk attachment, cream the eggs with the sugar until light and fluffy. About 10 minutes.
  3. Slow down the whisk and add the fresh drained ricotta a little bit at the time until mixed in, then add the vanilla extract, the grated lemon peel, slowly add the sunflower oil and then the flour, the baking powder and the salt. Keep mixing until well combined scraping down after each addition.
  4. Pour half of the cake batter in the prepared pan and spread with a knife or a silicon spatula. Spread the jam or the fresh berries on top of the batter, then cover with the remaining cake batter.
  5. Put in the hot oven for 40-45 minutes, until golden and firm. Use a toothpick to test the cake. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool. Do not remove the cake from the pan until cooled. I cover the cake while it's cooling with plastic wrap for moisture.
  6. Once cooled, invert the cake on a serving plate, peel the paper off, invert again and sprinkle with powder sugar before serving.
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Whole Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Herbs

Roasting a big batch of whole tomatoes it’s a simple way to stash away a useful dish with and intense, concentrate flavor. Tomatoes are not only delicious but they have cooling and astringent properties. They are rich in vitamin C, which can eliminate acne and brighten dull skinI use Plum, Roma or any firm, meaty and ripe tomato. I skin them by plunging them in boiling water for 10 seconds then I roast them with garlic, good extra virgin olive oil, basil and thyme for 45 minutes. I always add salt and pepper after cooking them, because tomatoes don’t take to seasoning well before roasting them, and it’s just better that way.

Roasted Tomatoes can be used as a garnish, or as a healthy and fast sauce scooped on pasta and grains. I chop leftovers with ripe peaches, cilantro and small red onion and hot peppers for an assertive salsa.

The tomatoes keep, covered in the fridge for a week but no matter how many I make they never last that long.

 

 

Whole Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Herbs
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by Silvia Baldini
Servings Prep Time
12 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Whole Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Herbs
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by Silvia Baldini
Servings Prep Time
12 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 24 medium plum or roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 8/10 medium cloves of garlic, peeled
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • sprigs of thyme
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Servings: people
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Instructions
  1. With a pairing knife core the tomatoes (cut out a small wedge from the stem end) then score a small cross on the bottom, it facilitate peeling them. Plunge the tomatoes in boiling water for 10 seconds. Then scoop them out on a paper towel and remove the skin.
  2. Line a large baking dish with parchment paper, then fit all the tomatoes in the dish. It's ok if they are a bit crowed. Distribute the garlic and the herbs among the tomatoes. Drizzle with the olive oil.
  3. Roast with-out touching the tomatoes for 40 to 45. Once cooked they should still hold their shape but they should be soft to the touch and slightly caramelized. Season with salt and pepper. Store with the liquids, herbs and garlic for up to a week in the fridge.
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No Fear Soufflé-Like Herbed Frittata

I call this frittata No-Fear Soufflé because the texture is light and fluffy, and it can rise pretty high after the egg whites are folded in. It makes a lovely present for Mother’s Day when presented in a pretty cast-iron pan, accompanied by a green salad and a sizable hug.

No Fear Soufflé-Like Herbed Frittata
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Recipe by Silvia Baldini
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15/20 minutes total
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15/20 minutes total
No Fear Soufflé-Like Herbed Frittata
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Recipe by Silvia Baldini
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15/20 minutes total
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15/20 minutes total
Ingredients
  • 4 large organic eggs
  • 4 large organic eggs whites
  • 1/2 cups grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • light olive oil
Servings: people
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large metal bowl, whisk the 4 eggs. Add the Parmesan, heavy cream, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the nutmeg and mix well. In a large metal bowl, beat the eggs whites with a small pinch of salt and the vinegar until they form stiff peaks. Slowly fold the whites into the frittata mixture.
  2. Heat a seasoned medium cast-iron pan or nonstick pan over high and add enough oil to coat the bottom, then lower to medium. Gently pour the frittata mixture into the pan, lower the flame, and cook until the frittata doesn’t stick to the bottom, about 7 to 10 minutes. Finish the frittata in the oven, 5 to 10 minutes. The center should still be a little creamy. Serve immediately to a happy mom.
Recipe Notes

Tips:

  • If you are using a cast-iron pan, make sure to rub it with 1 cup kitchen salt and 4 tbsp oil. I also use a paper towel to rub the bottom of the pan in circular motions. This helps seal the pan and make it nonstick. Throw out the paper towel and salt mixture when you’re done.
  • You can use 4 individual ramekins. Make sure to grease the sides well and coat with parmesan.
  • Folding is a simple technique. The goal is to preserve the air you worked so hard to produce by beating the eggs. Chef Franc at Le Cordon Bleu taught me to first spoon a small amount of egg whites into the mixture and beat vigorously to combine the molecules and even out the texture, then gently fold the rest of the whites in with a rubber spatula in 3 batches. If you really want to be precise and make sure the mixture is well combined, you can slowly turn the mixture from one bowl to the other and keep folding, repeating this process at least twice. It sounds like a lot of work, but moms deserve it and will appreciate the effort.

 

Variations:

Anything you have in your fridge will make a great frittata add-in. Some ideas and traditional variations:
Cubed Fontina Cheese and Ham
Four Cheeses
Sautéed Zucchini
Caramelized Onions
Cooked Spinach
Herbs
Leftover Spaghetti (a kids’ favorite)
Pancetta and Peas

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Simple Pancake Stack

Everyone has a favorite pancake recipe and this is mine. It rises high and with a soft, sponge like texture, ready to soak up creamy butter and syrup. Add bananas, or berries and a dollop of whipped cream for a truly decadent breakfast. Sometimes I have the kids prepare and weight all the ingredients the night before. Wet ingredients  in a bowl and dry in another bowl, even the eggs. Then in the morning we are ready to go.

Simple Pancake Stack
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Recipe by Silvia Baldini
Servings Prep Time
8 medium pancakes 25 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 30 minutes resting time
Servings Prep Time
8 medium pancakes 25 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 30 minutes resting time
Simple Pancake Stack
Print Recipe
Recipe by Silvia Baldini
Servings Prep Time
8 medium pancakes 25 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 30 minutes resting time
Servings Prep Time
8 medium pancakes 25 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 30 minutes resting time
Ingredients
Pancakes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp melted and cooled butter
To serve (optional)
  • unsalted butter or whipped butter
  • maple syrup
  • powdered sugar
  • whipped cream
Servings: medium pancakes
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Instructions
  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl. Put the milk, eggs, and cooled melted butter into a second large bowl and mix with a whisk.
  2. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently combine. Do not overwork the pancake batter. It doesn't matter if the batter isn't smooth. Rest the batter for at least half hour for higher and fluffier pancakes.
  3. Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a pat of butter and reduce the heat to medium-low or low. When the butter is melted, pour the batter into the pan in batches of 3 or 4 rounds and cook for 1 minute, until small bubbles begin to appear on the surface. Turn the pancake and cook until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and keep warm in a low oven. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  4. Serve with butter, maple syrup, powdered sugar or even whipped cream.
Recipe Notes

You can add a sliced banana or some berries to the batter right before cooking or some chocolate chips, a teaspoon of poppy seeds and honey.

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