Easter has always been my favorite holiday. Maybe because only on Easter I got to eat something home-baked, ciambellone. My mother did not like to bake, but each Easter morning she used to “surprise” us with a fragrant ciambellone, covered with fresh pink flowers and accompanied by all the colorful Easter paraphernalia. What an event. The cake went wonderfully with our chocolate eggs and even with… salami! Indeed, another name of this ciambellone is “pizza di pasqua”. Or, at least, that’s the way my mother called it. I know she learned this from my grandmother, a true Roman matron, which makes me think this way of mixing sweet with salty is very “Roman”. Or maybe not. Personally, I just love it. We used to have hard-boiled eggs, chocolate eggs, salami and cake all in the same, scrumptious, breakfast. Mmmm… and this Sunday I am going to relive this dear memory with my own family. Life is good.
You need: 1/2 cup buttermilk (filmjölk in Swedish), 3 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup good vegetable oil (I used 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup flax seed oil), 2 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, grated zest of 1/2 organic lemon (if you don’t have it, add an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract), a pinch of salt.
How to: Preheat oven to 160 degrees (Celsius, 320 Fahrenheit). Mix the eggs with the sugar and the pinch of salt until fluffy. Add the oil, the buttermilk and the flavoring (vanilla and lemon zest) and mix well. Combine flours and baking powder and add to the batter. Mix until fluffy again. Butter a tube-cake pan and pour the mixture in it. Bake for 35-45 minutes, checking for doneness with a wooden stick after 35 minutes.
CONSIDERATIONS: This cake was so incredibly easy to bake and tasted just like the best ciambelloni my mother used to make. When we woke up this morning we had a couple of pieces with our latte. My 3-year old was ecstatic. Looking forward to bake another batch for the coming Sunday breakfast. Wishing you all a gracious Easter full of laughs and feel-good moments.