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Gusto…. and a Cake from Sienna

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I have adopted the word Gusto as my mantra……

Gusto is an English word, an adverb to describe  ‘doing with enjoyment and excitement….. it is no wonder .. since gusto is an Italian word that means taste (gustare-the verb to taste) and Italians believe in eating and tasting food with enjoyment and excitement.. It is a word that specially embodies the true meaning of taste..Gusto..with passion, with all your heart and soul!

Live your life with Gusto!  Cook, eat, love with Gusto!

Torta Alla Senese (Siena Style Cake)

from The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: DaVinci Style

½ cup (100 gr) milk

1 ½ cups (300 gr) rice

1 cup (200 gr) sugar

3 eggs

1/3 cup(70 gr) raisins

8 hazelnuts

¼ cup (50 gr) pine nuts

1/3 cup (70 gr) butter

1 tsp baking powder

zest of ½ lemon grated

Boil milk. Add in uncooked rice and sugar. Cook till liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and cool. Add in eggs. raisins, hazelnuts, pine nuts, softened butter, baking powder, grated lemon zest. Blend all together. Butter and flour an 8” cake pan, pour in batter. Bake in oven preheated to 400 F (200C) and bake for 30 minutes. Serve chilled.

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