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The donut of yesteryear...

The donut of yesteryear ...

Once upon a time, back when the ready snacks did not rage everywhere, there was the cake for breakfast; but also for the snacks!
Certainly not a complicated cake, rich in expensive ingredients and prepared for a day of celebration;
a simple cake, made with what was in the house.

For example, a nice bundt cake, like the one I made here.

It is a cake that is prepared quickly and without too many complications, if you want even without a special cake pan; just a heatproof bowl in which to place the dough.

It does not need special kitchen equipment:

everything can be mixed in a bowl, by hand.

I wanted to do a luxury preparation, decorating the cake even with almonds and granulated sugar; and I also used the mixer!
But I love the comfortable life, sometimes ...
Here's how you prepare it:


For the dough:
White flour g. 350
cup sugar g. 150
XNUMX/XNUMX cup salted butter g. 70
eggs (whole 2 + egg white)   3
teaspoon of baking powder   1
XNUMX cups milk TS. 4
zest 1 / 2 lemon   1
sale small pinch (made with two fingers) 1
For the baking tin:
Butter q.s.
Flour   q.s.
Bread crumbs q.s.
egg yolk for gilding
(the one not used in the dough!)
blanched almonds g. 50
granulated sugar q.s.


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Put at the center of the flour salt, two whole eggs and egg whites (reserving the yolk for the cake browning); begin to knead, gradually adding sugar, softened butter half an hour at room temperature, zest and lemon and ...

... Finally, baking powder and milk. Continue stirring for at least ten minutes.

Meanwhile heat the oven to 180 ° (ventilated, less heat) and butter a baking pan and sprinkle with a little 'flour and breadcrumbs.

Arrange the dough into the pan, whisk the egg yolk kept aside in a small bowl (possibly by adding two teaspoons of milk) and then use it to brush the surface of the cake.

Record with a boxcutter all the center of the dough and place in the crack of the blanched almonds. Then decorate with granulated sugar.

Bake at 180 ° C for about 30 '.

Remove the pan from the oven as soon as ready and place it on a wire rack. Soon as possible to remove the cake from the pan and let it cool completely before serving.

At this point the bundt cake is ready to be sliced ​​and eaten: excellent soaked in milk or latte!


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  • print pdf Recipe, text only: to print or download.
  • If you do not have a suitable cake pan, place a sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet and place an upside down, buttered and floured heat resistant bowl. Using the floured hands or a large spatula, place the dough all around the bowl, leaving no interruptions.
    Then proceed as per previous instructions.
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