I love my grandma’s tea set. I loved her and I loved the way she always used to set up the little side table, by her favourite armchair, when it was tea time. She used to drink it “white”, it was very cool back then!
Every time I use my little white teacups, thousands of memories start flying through my head. She was a very special woman, very classy and funny at the same time. Poupette from the French movie “La Boum” (Il Tempo delle Mele, in Italian – The Party/Ready for Love, in English – 1980) reminds me of her, big time… not only for her way of driving her little red car like in this scene
I couldn’t find it in English, but it is substantial 😉
Anyhow, we had friends over Sunday afternoon, it was tea time, then I take my tea set out quickly and even quicker I prepare the Italian version of the UK Marble Pound Cake, much drier and lighter than the Anglo-Saxon one. Kind of a retro classic recipe.
Marble Pound Cake – Il Ciambellone
200 gr caster sugar
100 gr butter
300 gr plain flour
16 gr baking powder
30 ml whole milk
30 gr cocoa powder
1 pinch of salt
Icing sugar for dusting
Turn the oven on at 180°.
Sieve the flour and the baking powder together. Whisk the eggs and the sugar until pale and fluffy. Melt the butter on very low heat. Slowly add the butter to the mixture and mix. Then add the dry ingredients by inclusion, and fold everything in until perfectly combined. Now divide the batter into two parts. Mix the first one with the cocoa powder and add the milk, keep the other one plain. Prepare the cake tin by greasing with softened butter and dusting with plain flour.
Pour the chocolate batter into the bottom of the cake tin, followed by the plain batter.
To ‘marble’ the mixture, gently fold through all the layers with a fork
Bake for approximately 40 minutes, depending on your oven.
As always, to check if the sponge is cooked, insert a clean knife into the centre of the sponge, if it comes out clean the sponge is ready.
Leave it to cool down, dust with icing sugar before serving.