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Ciambellone Classico in the Mountains of Abruzzo

Posted in Abruzzo, Caro Diario.(dear diary..), cucina, cucina povere, entertaining, Holidays, and special occasions

ciambellone                          copyright 2009, Maria Liberati


Dessert for yesterday’s August 15th Holiday picnic was delicious and is as easy to make as it is to eat. Had the picnic at home in the mountains of Abruzzo. But the dessert- Ciambellone Classico- is very similar to a pound cake,and very flavorful using fresh lemons for flavor. Serve alone or with gelato.



Ciambellone Classico

 2 cups all purpose flour or cake flour sifted

¾ cup sugar

2 eggs

½ cup melted butter

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

peel of 1 lemon

extra flour and butter for  pan

Work together the sugar and eggs. Blend in flour and melted butter. Work the dough till it is asmooth blended dough and add in the baking powder and salt and lemon peel. Butter and flour a cake pan or tube pan or bundt cake  pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Should be golden on top. Remove from oven and cool. You can decorate the top with a dusting of powdered sugar or shaved dark chocolate.

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  1. Maria

    How many eggs do we need to make the Ciambellone Classico?

    Thank you

    October 5, 2009
  2. Maria thanks for noticing that I forgot to include the amount of eggs needed to make this recipe. We have updated it but just in case, 2 eggs are needed for the ciambellone classico.Let me know how yours turns out, it is really delicious and very easy to make!

    October 6, 2009

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