Torta Caprese, chocolate and almond cake March 2018
It is said that in the 1920s Al Capone had sent three gangsters to Naples to buy amongst other things Spats and while they were visiting Capri (a weekend break) the chef Carmine Di Fiore created this cake. He was preparing a classic chocolate almond cake but he forgot to add the flour. Was because of the excitement, or because of the fear, no one will ever know. However, the cake turned out to be exceptional, crispy on the outside squidgy on the inside, the henchmen enjoyed it so much they asked for the recipe to take back to Mr Capone. The cake went on to became one of the most famous and loved in Italy.
For 8 to 10 people you will need:
Heat oven to 170C.
Grease and line a 20cm/8 inch springform cake tin (or one with a removable base).
In a glass bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Once melted, add the butter and remove from the heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until it is completely smooth.
Add the almonds and the sugar. Once the mixture is cool, add the egg yolks and stir with the spoon until mixed.
In a separate bowl (use a metal, ceramic or glass bowl, not a plastic one), whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until smooth, fluffy peaks begin to form. Fold these gently into the chocolate batter, then pour the smooth batter into the prepared cake tin.
Bake for about 40 minutes or until the top of the cake appears dry. A dry spaghetti strand inserted in the middle should come out with a few crumbs attached but not appear to have wet batter on it. Don’t overcook the cake (I did the first time I made it) as it leads to a drier cake, nothing like the moist, dense cake you are looking for.
Once baked, leave to cool a little then turn out onto a cooling rack. Once completely cool sprinkle the top with icing sugar and serve with cream or ice cream. It’s good, or even better the next day.
Cirio peeled plum tomatoes are the result of a long tradition and passion for tomatoes.
And well worth paying a bit more for. Grown on sun-drenched Italian vines, only the plumpest, ripest, juiciest tomatoes with just the right colour intensity, texture and depth of flavour are selected. We then pick and can on the same day to give a fresh, distinctive and authentic taste of Italy. You can get these great Tomatoes in any good supermarket or grocers.
Agostino Recca can ($1.65/oz.), though most praised the large size and remarkable tenderness of the fish. "Very firm, meaty like good canned tuna" seemed to be the consensus. Well, that and, "Wow, this is salty!"
Barilla knows this best as it has produced durum-wheat pasta for more than 100 years, taking utmost care of quality, as it always has done, selecting the best wheat available and carrying out all the production processes up to the final check in the most efficient way. You can find Barilla Pasta in all good grocers and supermarkets.