Hello everyone! It’s been a journey to make an authentic Ciambella. After scouring the internet and watching countless Italian recipe Youtubers, I finally got the right recipe to share with you all.
Ciambella is the perfect coffee or snack cake, it’s not overly sweet or too soft where you would need a plate and fork to enjoy it. You can just pick up a piece eat it with your hands if you wanted to but it’s not dry or “bready” where you’d need a glass of milk or coffee to wash it down. It’s just right. In many of the videos I see online, Italians often say that this cake is the quintessential portable snack. Mind you, I noticed that they often mention when foods are portable, especially when they are suited for the beach. lol It must be in my DNA because whenever I’m planning a road trip or a day trip, I always think of what I can bring from home that would make a delicious, hassle-free snack. My husband, who is not Italian, always feigns exasperation at my snack planning but I know he’s happy when on a long drive, I whip out a homemade cookie or like on our last trip, a slice of pasta pie! lol (Recipe to come) Also, you can’t forget the fruit! Fruit is an essential part of any Italian’s snack kit. I even bought a refrigerated cooler for our car. It plugs into the lighter plug and it’s awesome! Every hour I was like, “Want a banana?”, “Want a cookie?” etc… Best. trip. ever!
Anyway, moving on to the recipe… I added 2 teaspoons of lemon extract. Although it seems that traditionally, a ciambella has a way more subtle lemon flavour derived from the zest of 1 lemon only. If you like a more subtle flavour, simply omit or reduce the amount of lemon extract.
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Recipe adapted from my new favourite Youtube channel, Ricette delle Nonne 🙂