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Raffaello, a Creme Caramel with Coffee, Urbino

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“When one is painting one does not think”

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April 6th  was the birthday of the Renaissance artist and architect –known by one name only Raffaello. …..he  so intensely  concentrated on creating his masterpieces that he didn’t think… but created..a sort of a ‘zone’ that he put himself in.. Cooking, like painting, can be done almost in that way..create your own masterpiece..


In honor of Raffaelo and his birthplace- Urbino-in the province of Le Marche. This is a very easy ,yummy coffee flavored cake that is  one of their  traditonal desserts. And in Raffaelle’s style..when making this  don’t  think, just create!

Lattarol Al Caffe  ( Coffee Cake)

4  cups (1 liter) milk

8 eggs

3 short cups espresso

8 tablespoons (120 gr) sugar

Crème Caramel

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons sugar


Whip eggs with sugar till creamy yellow. In separate pan,  warm milk till boiling. Remove from heat, add in hot coffee and stir. When cool, add in egg mixture, stir well.

Place 4 tablespoons of sugar in 2 tablespoons of water, add more water if needed. Stir over low heat till sugar caramelizes.Place crème  caramel in 8” cake pan that has been buttered. Pour in batter. Bake for 15 minutes in oven preheated to 360 degrees (180C). or when cake is firm. Remove from oven, cool. remove from pan. Top with leftover crème caramel.

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