Chocolate “pregnant” cake: when struggling for perfection doesn’t exactly go to plan.

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I like to try recipes given to me by others. I like that they trust me enough to give me their tried and tested recipes and allowing me to present them here. This recipe, although extremely simple, was particularly tricky for me, for many reasons.
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Travel Diary: 5 days in Turin

Last week I ahve traveled to Italy for work and my family came with me. Here’s a little taste of our 5 days in Turin.

La settimana scorsa sono andata in Italia per lavoro e la mia famiglia e’ venuta con me. Eccovi qui un piccolo assaggio dei nostri 5 giorni a Torino.

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Chocolate and walnut torte: only for those who are not afraid of the “dark”

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I started to like dark chocolate quite late in life; as a child, I remember the disappointment of receiving dark chocolate eggs for Easter, the merriment of my relatives, and the wonder “who on earth would like to eat that”? I have always identified dark chocolate as the chocolate “for adults”, as something with an acquired taste, that does not go down well with children. That is, of course, until my child showed me how little kids too can go crazy for it.

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Mini-muffins: baking as a gift

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Two weeks ago, I started a 42 weeks long sugar-strike: no added sugar or sweets of any kind until the 26th of February. I don’t want to bother you with the details and the “whys” and the “hows” of this decision, but one thing I was a bit worried taking this step was my blog. Not being able to taste and try and eat what I make will be surely a big challenge, but then I thought: well, OK, baking is more like Science, so the really important thing is not to taste but to follow the recipe. And in all truth, if I want to develop something new or make my own adaptations and try new things there will always be a number of people willing to make the “sacrifice” of tasting my concoctions on my behalf, my husband, for example, has already signed up very happily.

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Chocolate and Guinness naked cake: baking back to grown-up world

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I come back to this blog after an excessively long break. A break that was needed but that was never planned to be this long. A break because when a little ball of cuteness of 52 cm x 4kg literally bursts into your life your priority list doesn’t just need to be readjusted, it pretty much disappears in front of you, you don’t even remember there ever was a priority list.

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Pistachio, Orange e chocolate Runeberg Cakes, or Dante’s Peaks

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Last week on Friday Finland celebrated Johan Runeberg, national poet and namesake of one the most popular and loved sweets, the Runeber Cake. As most things in Finland people stick to the traditional recipe in q almost religious way: a tall tower of almonds and breadcrumbs sponge and a shiny topping of raspberry jam glaze surrounded by a layer of sweet icing.

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Pear and chocolate Pavlova: when something doesn’t need to be perfect to be delicious.

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Midsummer (Juhannus, in the local language) is a pretty big deal her in Finland. Despite the fact that the weather is normally as crappy as it’s get (and this year was no exception) it marks the beginning of the “hot” season, the days are the longest and the nights are pretty much only a virtual concept. People head to their summer cabins by the lake, enjoy the nature, the mosquitoes and, in many case, a copious amount of alcohol.

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